Financial Aid and Awards

Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries

Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries are funding that the student does not need to repay.  

Whether you are starting your very first semester or continuing your studies, a student award in the form of a scholarship or bursary can help you achieve your goals. Awards are available for full-time or part-time students in certificate, diploma or degree programs.

OC awards

Application information

 In order to apply for awards, you must have an Okanagan College ID number.  You can view and apply for awards through your myOkanagan account.

How to apply for OC awards

Login to your myOkanagan account to apply for awards.

  1. Navigate to the Financial Aid and Awards section on the student or applicant page. 
  2. Select apply for awards. 
  3. Select the applications you want to submit and click on start application now to start your application. 
  4. Follow the instructions on the application. 
  5. Read the award criteria and select yes for the awards that you are eligible for. 
  6. Select yes to the personal declaration. 
  7. When application is successfully submitted, a green checkmark will be displayed 

If additional documents are required, submit them by email to awards@okanagan.bc.ca in either a Word or PDF format. Please include your student ID number in your email. 

Note: You do not need to submit the same document for multiple awards requiring it (e.g., reference letters, statements.)

Application dates

For self-identified aboriginal students

Fall semester
March 1 to September 15

Winter semester
December 1 to February 15

Summer semester
March 1 to May 31

For Students Entering their First Semester of Post-secondary Study at Okanagan College

High School entrance awards
October 1 to March 11 - All Campuses

Fall semester
March 1 to September 15 - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon

Winter semester
December 1 to February 15 - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon

Summer semester
March 1 to May 31 - All Campuses and Kelowna

For students who have completed at least one semester of post-secondary study at Okanagan College

Fall semester
March 1 to July 31- All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon

March 1 to July 31- Salmon Arm 

August 1 to September 30 - Okanagan College Tuition Bursary

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

For students who have or will complete their studies at Okanagan College by June of the current year

Winter semester
Mar 1 to May 31

For trades students who completed their studies between July 2021 to June 2022

Trades Completion
February 1 to March 31

Okanagan College International Study Exchange Awards (up to 10 awards of $1,500 each) for students going on study exchange, activity and/or experience. 

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 31.

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.

High school entrance awards information

Awards below require an interim transcript to be sent directly to the Financial Aid and Awards department before the awards deadline.  At least one reference letter from their school is also required.  Additional references from community/extracurricular/leadership involvement may also be beneficial.  Students will be expected to be enrolled in at least an 80% courseload (4 courses) or 100% courseload (5 courses) for the President’s Entrance Scholarship. 

Application Deadline is Friday March 11, 2022.

Okanagan College President’s Entrance Scholarships

Eight Awards of up to $5000 for students entering full time studies in any university studies, degree or diploma program or any full-time certificate in Trades, Health or Continuing Studies

Okanagan College Community Spirit Awards

Up to 40 awards of up to $1000 for students entering full time studies in any university studies, degree or diploma program or any full-time certificate in Trades, Health or Continuing Studies

Okanagan College Board of Governors Entrance Awards

Three or more awards of $1000 for students entering full time studies in any university studies, degree or diploma program or any full-time certificate in Trades, Health or Continuing Studies

Rick and Yasmin Thorpe & Friends Scholarship for Secondary School Graduates

Up to four awards of $2500 each for students graduating from a secondary school located in Penticton or Summerland

Penticton Campus Arts Entrance Scholarship

One award of up to $1000 for students entering full-time study in any Arts program at the Penticton campus

Penticton Campus Science Entrance Scholarship

One award of up to $1000 for students entering full-time study in any Science program at the Penticton campus

Johnstone Memorial Award

Two awards of $2400 for students entering full-time study in the social, physical, biological sciences, humanities or visual, practical or performing Arts at the Salmon Arm Campus

Tony Sellar Leadership Entrance Scholarship

One award of approximately $800 for students entering full time studies in any university studies, degree or diploma program or any full-time certificate in Trades, Health or Continuing Studies at the Vernon Campus

McGillivray Entrance Award for Business

One award of up to $5500 for student entering the Business Administration degree or diploma program at the Kelowna Campus

Okanagan College Board of Governors Chairs' Entrance Award

One or more awards of $500 for students entering full time studies in any university studies, degree or diploma program or any full-time certificate in Trades, Health or Continuing Studies

Thank you matters

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, 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

External awards

External awards are administered by organizations and agencies outside of OC. You can find additional awards outside of the three listed below. 

Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

The Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Inclusion, Democracy and Reconciliation was created to recognize students who excel in their studies and contribute to the life of their institution or community by promoting inclusion, democracy and/or reconciliation.

Eligible students include BC residents, out-of-province and international students enrolled in an eligible program of study at Okanagan College and will be graduating this academic year.

Awards are made possible thanks to generous community donors.