Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

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

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.

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting your application is 30 days after the start date of your program/term of study. For example, if your program starts September 1st you must submit your application no later than October 1st. .

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting your application is 30 days after the start date of your program of study. For example, if your program starts September 1, you must submit your application no later than October 1.

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting your application is 30 days after the start date of your program of study. For example, if your program starts September 1, you must submit your application no later than October 1.

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline:

For programs/terms starting in the fall semester: September 30
For programs/terms starting in the winter semester: January 31

Completed applications must be submitted to the Student Services Welcome Center in Kelowna, or the campus administration office in Penticton, Vernon or Salmon Arm by the deadline date (to be forwarded to the Welcome Center in Kelowna).

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: August 16, 2013

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline:  May 31, 2013

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: TBA

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & Awards.

8. Vicki Hitchen Memorial Okanagan College Entrance Award (Special Application Required)

Ms. Vicki Hitchen was a Public Health Nurse in Salmon Arm who worked for many years in the 1970's and 1980's with people of the Okanagan, Splats'in, Neskonlith, Adams Lake and Little Shuswap First Nations. It was Ms. Hitchen's wish to assist members of those communities to further their education. Applicants must be of Aboriginal ancestry (status, non-status, Metis or Inuit). Preference will be given to members of the following five bands: Splats'in, Adams Lake, Neskonlith, Little Shuswap, Okanagan (Vernon). Returning Okanagan College students and/or new students in Grade 12 or adult learners wishing to attend any program at Okanagan College are eligible.

Upon receiving proof of registration in any full time program of study at any campus of Okanagan College, the Fund will pay the College the student's first semester tuition fee and supplies cost to a maximum of $1,000. Any remaining money will be given to the student as a cash award. If the award is to a student already in post-secondary education, no restrictions will apply.  

Bring the completed application from and any supporting documents or letters to the Administration Office, Salmon Arm Campus, Okanagan College, or mail to: The Trustees, Salmon Arm College Scholarship Fund, c/o Okanagan College, Salmon Arm Campus, Box 189, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4N3.

Application Deadline: April 30, 2013

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline:
May 31, 3013

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: September 30, 2013

For an application please refer to Financial Aid & Awards. 

11. Chief Robert Louie Aboriginal Business Student Award
A one-time award of $500 for a student enrolled full-time in a certificate, diploma or degree program offered through the Okanagan School of Business at any campus of Okanagan College. The recipient must be a Canadian citizen and of Aboriginal Native heritage. Selection of the award recipient will be based on a demonstrated desire to succeed in life despite past adversity and his/her contribution back to the aboriginal communities at large. Applicants MUST INCLUDE A LETTER with their application demonstrating the above attributes.

Application Deadline:
 September 30, 2013

For an application please refer to 
Financial Aid & 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.

Application Deadline: April 23, 2012

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

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 James Coble at 250.762.5445 ext. 4322 or at jcoble@okanagan.bc.ca.