Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

For more information and additional scholarships, bursaries and awards, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards website.

OC ABORIGINAL STUDENT AWARDS:               

1. Okanagan College - Okanagan Nation Students Bursary
Okanagan College has allocated $5,000 to provide bursaries for Okanagan Nation students pursuing post-secondary study at Okanagan College. Awards of up to $500 per academic year will be made to eligible students. Individual circumstances will be taken into consideration in determining the amount of bursary funding students may be eligible for.

Applicants must be:

a) members of an Okanagan band; and
b) registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with a permanent disability) in a university transfer, degree or diploma program, or
c) registered in a minimum 60% course load in a full-time vocational, trades or health certificate program.

Applicants must be in good standing as per the Okanagan College Student Conduct Policy, not on academic probation and not have outstanding fees. However, extenuating circumstances may warrant financial assistance in exceptional circumstances.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31
For Winter Semester:         Dec1 - Jan 31
For Summer Semester:      April 1 - May 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

2. Okanagan College - Shuswap Nation Students Bursary

Okanagan College has allocated $3,000 to provide bursaries for Shuswap Nation students pursuing post-secondary study at Okanagan College.  Awards of up to $500 per academic year will be made to eligible students.  Individual circumstances will be taken into consideration in determining the amount of bursary funding students may be eligible for.

Applicants must be:

a) members of an Shuswap band; and
b) registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with a permanent disability) in a university transfer, degree or diploma program, or
c) registered in a minimum 60% course load in a full-time vocational, trades or health certificate program.

Applicants must be in good standing as per the Okanagan College Student Conduct Policy, not on academic probation and not have outstanding fees.  However, extenuating circumstances may warrant financial assistance in exceptional circumstances.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31
For Winter Semester:         Dec1 - Jan 31
For Summer Semester:      April 1 - May 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

3. Okanagan College Aboriginal Students Bursary

Okanagan College has allocated $5,000 to provide bursaries for Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary study at Okanagan College. Awards of up to $500 per academic year will be made to eligible students. Individual circumstances will be taken into consideration in determining the amount of bursary funding students may be eligible for.

Applicants must be:

a) Status/Non-Status Indian, Metis or Inuit; and
b) registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with a permanent disability) in a university transfer, degree or diploma program, or
c) registered in a minimum 60% course load in a full-time vocational, trades or health certificate program.

Applicants must be in good standing as per the Okanagan College Student Conduct Policy, not on academic probation and not have outstanding fees. However, extenuating circumstances may warrant financial assistance in exceptional circumstances.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31
For Winter Semester:         Dec1 - Jan 31
For Summer Semester:      April 1 - May 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

4. Ethan Baptiste Memorial Award

Ethan, of Syilx (People of the Okanagan) descent, was born and raised in Oliver, on the Osoyoos Indian Band reserve. Ethan had a special gift of being able to connect with young and old alike and was an influential instructor and mentor at Okanagan College. He was an Okanagan traditional man who worked tirelessly to promote the interests of the Okanagan Nation. He balanced a strong respect for traditional ways and knowledge with an interest in the well-being and economic development of Aboriginal people.

Okanagan College has created this award in support of Aboriginal students pursuing post-secondary study at Okanagan College related to Indigenous economic development.

Two awards of $500 each will be made available (one in each of the fall and winter terms) in the form of a tuition credit. Selection will be made on the basis of a demonstrated commitment to Indigenous economic development. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE A TYPEWRITTEN ESSAY (maximum 500 words) indicating how their studies relate to Indigenous economic development.

Applicants must be:

a) Canadian citizens or landed immigrants
b) Aboriginal students
c) registered in a minimum 60% course load (40% course load for students with a permanent disability)
d) registered in a university transfer, degree, diploma or Business certificate program at Okanagan College in an area related to business, economics, finance, or Indigenous studies
e) in good standing as per the Okanagan College Student Conduct Policy, not on academic probation and not have outstanding fees. However, extenuating circumstances may be considered.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31
For Winter Semester:          Dec1 - Jan 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

5. Interior Aboriginal Endowment Fund Award

The Interior Aboriginal Endowment Fund has been established by the Interior Aboriginal Business Services Society to provide annual awards for aboriginal students. Recipients will be permanent residents of B.C. and will be enrolled full-time in any year of a university transfer, degree, diploma or vocational certificate program at any campus of Okanagan College. Selection of the award recipient will be based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need, with emphasis on financial need.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

 6. Wendy Anne Morgan Memorial Award

An endowment fund has been established in memory of Wendy Anne Morgan to provide an annual award for a student who has completed one or more years of study (in at least 60% of a full course load, or 40% of a full course load for a student with a permanent disability) in a university transfer, degree or diploma program at Okanagan College, and who is proceeding to any post-secondary institution for a subsequent year of full-time study. Preference will be given to a student pursuing a career in teaching and/or an aboriginal or first nations student. Selection of the award recipient will be based on financial need.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31

Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

7. Robert Allison Bursary
The annual income from a bequest by Mrs. R. Allison of Kelowna provides funds to enable deserving students to begin or continue attendance at Okanagan College. Preference will be given to applicants who are the descendants of Native Indians and whose circumstances make it necessary to be self-supporting. The income may be divided or awarded to a single applicant at the discretion of the selection committee.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31


Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

9. Canadian Aboriginal/First Nation Fiction Writing Scholarship
An endowment fund has been established to provide an annual award for Aboriginal/First Nations students attending Okanagan College to encourage and promote the written communication skills of Aboriginal/First Nation students. The recipient will be an Aboriginal/First Nations student and a permanent resident of BC. The recipient will have completed a work of fiction in their program of study at Okanagan College, and a copy of their work of fiction must be submitted with their application for this award. Selection of the award recipient will be on the recommendation of the English Department.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31


Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.


10. Woolliams Family Award
An award fund has been established to provide three annual awards of $1,000 each for students of Aboriginal ancestry (status, non-status, Metis or Inuit) from any band in the Okanagan area, with a preference for members of the Upper Nicola Band. Recipients will be entering or continuing in the Adult Academic and Career Preparation program at any campus of Okanagan College. Selection of award recipients will be based on financial need.

Applications Accepted
For Fall Semester:              July 1 - Aug 31


Online Application
The application for Aboriginal Awards is available online through MyOkanagan. Log into your MyOkanagan account, Click on the Student tab or Applicant tab, then locate the Financial Aid and Awards channel (box) and click Apply Online for Awards.

EXTERNAL ABORIGINAL SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS:

1. Youth Educational Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care

The youth educational assistance fund for former youth in care provides grants to full-time students who were adopted or in foster care as children. Please refer to the Student Aid BC website for eligibility criteria and application forms.

2. National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) has grown and evolved into the largest non-governmental funding body for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis post secondary students across Canada. Bursary and scholarship awards are provided to over 600 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis student annually across a diverse range of disciplines. In total, the NAAF has disbursed over $32 million to over 8400 recipients since its inception. The NAAF offers financial assistance (scholarships and bursaries) through three major categories: Post-Secondary Education, Fine Arts and Cultural Projects and Health Careers. For more information on the types of awards, eligibility criteria and application forms please refer to the NAAF website.

3. Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund

Created in 2002, the Aboriginal Youth Sport Legacy Fund (AYSLF) has two grant programs to support BC Aboriginal youth who are pursuing a future in sport and recreation. For more information on the types of awards, elibibility criteria and application forms please refer to the 2010 Legacies Now website. 

4. BC Aboriginal Student Award

The BC Aboriginal Student Award was established in 2008 as part of the Provincial Government's strategy to improve Aboriginal access and achievement. Its purpose is to support Aboriginal people in getting post-secondary education by reducing financial barriers.

The Scholarship Society administers the program in partnership with the Victoria Foundation. Awards of $1,000 - $3,500 are available for Aboriginal people pursuing post-secondary education that is at least nine weeks long.

To apply go to www.bcscholarship.ca


Most of the following websites have extensive listings for Aboriginal scholarships, bursaries and awards:

AANDC Aboriginal Bursaries Search Tool

External Aboriginal Awards

Aboriginal Multi-Media Society's (AMMSA) Guide to Bursaries and Scholarships

StudentAwards.com


If there are any links that you would like to see added to this page, please contact Anthony Isaac at 250.762.5445 ext. 4322 or at aisaac@okanagan.bc.ca