Okanagan College Foundation

Invest in someone’s future

There are a number of ways you can support students, especially in this challenging time. Below are some of the priority areas where your support will make a real difference for students.

A female Culinary Arts student smiles as she holds a garnished bowl of soup.
OC Serves Up
Provide nutritious meals for students

A nutritious, healthy diet is well understood to be an integral part of good health and critical to our ability to study and focus. For many students food scarcity is now a real and ongoing problem.

Learn how you can help a new program designed to hone Culinary students’ skills while providing nutritious meals for OC students who are struggling financially. 

OC Serves Up
A student smiles while holding a new laptop donated by Staples.
Online Learning Fund
Help students access technology

Access to technology has made the switch to online learning more challenging for a number of Okanagan College. We know a significant number of students have limited access to a computer and many students are starting their programs with a smart phone as their only means of accessing learning. Support a new fund to purchase laptops for students. 

Donate to Online Learning Fund

Set up an award

When you create a student award, you're helping a student excel in their studies as a result of being able to focus on school and work less.  Did you know the average student at OC who applies for a student loan has an annual unmet need of $2,163 after all sources of income, including student loans, are taken into consideration?

Your donation can establish a new award or support an existing scholarship or bursary. Many people set up an award in honour or in memory of a loved one as a way to recognize their passion or achievements.

 

Some of the greatest needs are:

  • Emergency bursaries for students facing sudden challenges that threaten their continuation of school
  • Entrance funds to help students overcome that initial barrier to entering post secondary, especially Aboriginal students
  • Bursaries to help low-income students

To learn more contact us at: foundation@okanagan.bc.ca.

Support emergency bursaries

COVID-19 has hit many people hard, including students. The need for emergency bursaries has grown significantly since the pandemic struck. In April 2020, we provided 100 emergency bursaries to students experiencing significant financial hardship. This compared to an average of 10 per month in previous months.

Examples of a financial emergency include inability to pay rent, bills or transportation costs, or to buy basic essentials such as food and medication.

To support our students facing challenges, please donate online and choose "Student Emergency Bursary Fund."

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