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.
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.
- Navigate to the Financial Aid and Awards section on the student or applicant page.
- Select apply for awards.
- Select the applications you want to submit and click on start application now to start your application.
- Follow the instructions on the application.
- Read the award criteria and select yes for the awards that you are eligible for.
- Select yes to the personal declaration.
- When application is successfully submitted, a green checkmark will be displayed
If additional documents are required, submit them by email to email@example.com 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.)
For self-identified Indigenous students
March 1 to September 15
December 15 to February 15
March 1 to May 31
For Students Entering their First Semester of Post-secondary Study at Okanagan College
High School entrance awards
December 15 to March 10 - All Campuses
March 1 to September 15 - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon
December 15 to February 15 - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm and Vernon
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
March 1 to July 31 - All Campuses, Kelowna, Penticton and Vernon
March 1 to May 31 - Salmon Arm
August 1 to September 15 - Okanagan College Tuition Bursary
December 15 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
Mar 1 to May 31
For trades students who completed their studies between July 2021 to June 2022
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.
Ongoing until all available funds are committed.
Derek Cook Memorial Award for Global Exchanges (One or more annual awards of $500 each)
Okanagan College Global Education Mobility Grant for Domestic Students (One or more awards from $1,000 to $10,000 each)
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 (as soon as available or no later than the documentation deadline):
- an interim transcript to be sent directly to the Financial Aid & Awards department
- at least one reference letter from their school
- 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: Friday March 10, 2023
Supporting Documentation Deadline: No later than Friday, March 17, 2023
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
Okanagan College Penticton Campus High School Entrance Scholarships
Two awards of $1000 for students entering the first year of full-time study in any university studies, degree, diploma, certificate or Trades Foundation 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.
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.