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Thorpe Awards fire up incoming OC students in Penticton and Kelowna

Six Grade 12 students from throughout the Okanagan have yet to step foot on campus at Okanagan College but already they’re thinking about how they use their post-secondary educations to make an impact in the community. thorpe 2015 small 1

Shad Collins, Matt Finlayson, Jack Holman, Courtney Korabek, Breanne Pitts, and Jaxon Stel each received the $2,500 Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends Entrance Scholarship to support their studies at the College.

In handing out the awards to the group of very excited students, Rick and Yasmin Thorpe congratulated the group and asked them about their career goals—a question which immediately generated a flurry of ideas about how each hopes to make a difference in the community.

“We are proud and delighted to be able to assist students with their post-secondary educations,” says Yasmin Thorpe.

“These students have very bright futures ahead of them,” added Rick Thorpe.

“We look forward to staying in touch with them and hearing about their accomplishments. And if in future they are inspired by the fact that someone supported their education, and they chose to do the same for others, what could be better?”thorpe 2015 small 2

To date, the Rick and Yasmin Thorpe and Friends fund has provided more than $70,000 in awards to students at Okanagan College.

The Thorpes have also established numerous awards for students entering or enrolled at UBC Okanagan.

“Rick and Yasmin Thorpe’s support has had, and will continue to have, an immense impact on many students at the College,” says Kathy Butler, Executive Director of the Okanagan College Foundation.

“Their generosity, and the generosity of so many donors in the region, directly reinforces the College’s mission to transform lives and communities.”

The students, separated by geography but united in gratitude, all have big plans for their post-secondary studies, from culinary arts to business to a variety of trades programs, and for the impact they can make after graduation.

Read more in the press release.