Okanagan College Awards & Applications

OC Awards

Application Info
For Self-identified Aboriginal Students
FALL

March 1st to September 15th

WINTER

December 1st to February 15th

SUMMER

March 1st to May 31st

For Students Entering their First Semester of Post-secondary Study at Okanagan College
HIGH SCHOOLS ENTRANCE AWARDS

October 1st to March 6th - All Campuses

FALL

March 1st to September 15th - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon

WINTER

December 1st to February 15th - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon

SUMMER

March 1st to May 31st - All Campuses and Kelowna

For Student Who Have Completed at Least One Semester of Post-secondary Study at Okanagan College
FALL
  • March 1st to July 31st - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon
  • March 1st to May 18th - Salmon Arm
  • August 1st to September 30th - Okanagan College Tuition Bursary
WINTER

December 1st to February 15th - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon, Okanagan College Tuition Bursary

For Student Who Have or Will Complete their Studies at Okanagan College by June of the Current Year
WINTER

March 1st to May 31st.

VARIOUS DATES

Eligible students will be notified via email with instructions on how to apply

For Immediate Family Members (child, stepchild, grandchild or spouse) of a Continuing Okanagan College Employee

For programs starting between:

  • January 1 to March 31, deadline is February 28
  • April 1 to July 31, deadline is June 30
  • August 1 to December 31, deadline is October 31
For Trades Students who Completed their Studies Within the Last 12 Months
Trades Completion

February 1st to March 31st

For Students going on study exchange, activity and/or experience. All applications are online through myOkanagan.
Okanagan College International Study Exchange Awards (up to 10 awards of $1,500 each)

Deadline: Ongoing until all available funds are committed

Derek Cook Memorial Award for Global Exchanges (One or more annual awards of $500 each)

Deadline: May 31st

Okanagan College Global Education Mobility Grant for Domestic Students (One or more awards from $1,000 to $10,000 each)

Deadline: Ongoing until all available funds are committed

Exchange award applications must be submitted prior to going on exchange. Applications submitted after the exchange may not be considered. 

See the External Awards section for more information on exchange awards through other organizations.

Awards Guide

- Follow this link to see the full guide


OR

- Use the partial guide below

High School Entrance Awards
Application Opens Online October 1, 2019
8 awards offered as a tuition credit (up to a maximum of $5,000) for the 2019-2020 academic year
Students must be nominated by their school to apply for this award- Contact your school counselor for more details.

Scholarship Criteria:

  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduating from a secondary school within the Okanagan College region (Revelstoke to Princeton)
  3. Entering an eligible program at any campus of Okanagan College the following September with a full 100% course load. Eligible programs include: university studies, degree or diploma programs; or full-time Continuing Studies certificate programs
  4. Demonstrates strong leadership potential, contribution to their school and/or community through sports, culture, voluntary service and/or other extra-curricular activities, and scholastic achievement
  5. Must have secured an offer of admission to an eligible program at Okanagan College prior to award allocations
  6. Recipients of this scholarship will be ineligible for any other Okanagan College Entrance Scholarship
Up to 40 awards offered as a tuition credit up to $1,000
Award Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduating from a secondary school within the Okanagan College region (Revelstoke to Princeton)
  3. Entering full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in an eligible program at any campus of Okanagan College. Eligible programs include: university studies, degree or diploma programs; vocational, trades or health and social development certificate programs; or full-time Continuing Studies certificate programs
  4. Demonstrates a combination of academic ability (cumulative grade average of not less than 65% based on all grade 11 and 12 courses) and service to their school and/or community
  5. Must have secured an offer of admission to an eligible program at Okanagan College prior to award allocations
Three or more awards of $1,000 each
Award Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduating from a secondary school within the Okanagan College region (Revelstoke to Princeton)
  3. Entering full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in an eligible program at any campus of Okanagan College. Eligible programs include: university studies, degree or diploma programs; vocational, trades or health and social development certificate programs; or full-time Continuing Studies certificate programs
  4. Based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need
Up to four awards of $2,500 each for students graduating from a secondary school located in Princeton or Summerland
Award Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduate of a secondary school located in Penticton or Summerland (Summerland Secondary, Penticton Secondary, Princess Margaret Secondary, Penticton Christian School)
  3. Entering full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in an eligible program at any campus of Okanagan College the following September. Eligible programs include: business program, any of the viticulture, agriculture, sciences, nursing, computer sciences, engineering and engineering technologies, tourism/hospitality, trades and technology, English or creative writing programs at any campus of Okanagan College
  4. 4) Demonstrates a combination of financial need, good academic standing (minimum GPA of 75%), and leadership potential, as well as demonstrated contribution to their community through sports, culture, volunteer services and/or other extracurricular activities
  5. 5) Students must have secured admission to an eligible program prior to being awarded this award
One award of up to $,1000
Scholarship Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduating from a secondary school within the South Okanagan/Simiklameen region
  3. Entering the first year of full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in the Arts program at the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College
  4. Based on academic achievement (cumulative grade average of not less than 65% based on all grade 11 and 12 courses)
One award of up to $,1000
Scholarship Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduating from a secondary school within the South Okanagan/Simiklameen region
  3. Entering the first year of full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in the Science program at the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College
  4. Based on academic achievement (cumulative grade average of not less than 65% based on all grade 11 and 12 courses)
Two awards of $2,400
Award Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Entering full-time study (60% course load or 40% course load for students with permanent disabilities) in the social, physical, biological sciences, humanities or Visual, Practical or Performing Arts at Okanagan College; primary consideration will be given to applicants planning to attend the Salmon Arm Campus
  3. Applicants must submit an interim statement of interest of their secondary school grades and at least one reference letter confirming their school and/or community involvement
One award equal to the accrued annual interest on the endowment fund
Scholarship Criteria:
  1. Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Graduate of School District #22 (Vernon) within the last fifteen (15) months
  3. Entering first year of full-time study (minimum 80% course load) in any program at the Vernon Campus of Okanagan College
  4. Demonstrates volunteer community involvement and leadership
  5. Based on volunteer community involvement, leadership and academic achievement
  6. Applicants must provide an interim statement of grades and at least one reference letter confirming school and/or community involvement

Deadline for submission of applications and supporting documentation for the above awards: March 6, 2020

Thank You Matters

Since the Okanagan College Foundation was established, donors have been helping students throughout the Okanagan and Shuswap regions achieve their educational dreams.

If you receive an Award, we ask that you acknowledge the generosity of the donor(s) by writing a thank you letter. You can inform the donor of how their donation has made an impact on you, about your aspirations, activities and future plans.

To help students we have prepared a Thank You Letter Template (Word Document). This is only a guide to help you compose your letter, but your letter does not have to follow this format.

If you are a recipient of multiple awards, please write a letter for each donor contact (these details will be provided in your confirmation of award).

If you are attending an award presentation, please bring your Letter of Thanks with you.

External Awards

Irving K. Barber Scholarship Society

The Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society supports post-secondary education by providing scholarships for students attending public post-secondary institutions. The Scholarship Society, in partnership with the Victoria Foundation, manages endowment funds and awards the return on investment to students through scholarship programs.

Transfer Scholarships - $5,000 Awards
  • To apply to Okanagan College, download the application. Submit completed applications to Financial Aid & Awards, Student Services, Kelowna Campus, or your campus administration office. Email awards@okanagan.bc.ca if you have any questions.
  • Click here for more details on eligibility.
  • DEADLINE: February 28, 2019
International Scholarships Indigenous Scholarships - $1,000 to $5,000 Awards
  • DEADLINE: March 31, 2019

Awards are funding that the student does not need to repay.


Disclaimer: The information on this website is provided for the convenience of students only. While every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy and completeness, Okanagan College accepts no liability for any inaccuracies or omissions in the information provided and no responsibility for the content of the linked, non-Okanagan College websites. Students should independently confirm competition details and closing dates by consulting the relevant websites directly.

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