Apply for a Bursary

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen offers bursaries to both graduating and returning (including adult) students in the South Okanagan Similkameen. Students must currently live within the RDOS boundaries and have graduated from a high school in our region within the last five years. For inquiries about the bursary program please contact Sarah Trudeau at sarahtrudeau@cfso.net.

When to Apply

Bursaries are open for applications as of March 28th, 2022. Read the information below to apply.

2022 Application Timeline

March 28th, 2022May 31st, 2022June 1st – 30th, 2022June 30th, 2022July – September, 2022
Bursary cycle opensBursary Cycle closes.
All applications must
be received by 5pm.
Applications are reviewed
and recommendations are made.
All applicants notified
and forms are sent out.
Awards are sent
to institutions
and/or paid out to students.

In 2022 the following endowment funds will offer awards:

  1. Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts
  2. Dr. John & Kathy Scarfo Bursary Fund
  3. Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund
  4. South Okanagan Aboriginal Education Fund
  5. Culver Family Bursary Fund
  6. Lynn & Brian Jackson Endowment for Fine Arts
  7. Irene & Charles Armstrong Bursary Fund
  8. L&R Supplementary Bursary Fund
  9. Eva & Herbert Rosinger Scholarship Fund
  10. Alanna Matthew Fund
  11. Kaleden Bursary Fund (please see instructions below to apply for this fund)

PLEASE NOTE: We use a online, application system.  If you do not have access to a computer or unable to apply online please contact us at 250-493-9311.

To begin your application you will click on the “Apply Now” button below and you be redirected to the online application system where you will be asked to create an account first with a login name and password. If you have applied previously please log in with your username and password. If you don’t remember your login you can click “Forgot Password” link. Once you have created your account you will be redirected to start your application by clicking on the “2022 CFSOS Bursary Application Form”. You will be able to access your application at anytime (before submitting it) during the application process by logging in with your username and password.  

Please review each individual bursary criteria carefully before you apply.  If applicable, applicants are welcome to submit applications for multiple bursaries.

Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing education in the Fine Arts, preferably performing arts
  2. Preference given to those with financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students

Award amounts:

This fund will typically offer three $500 awards.

Dr. John & Kathy Scarfo Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing any form of education to improve their lives and better support their families
  2. Must demonstrate financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students
  4. Must live an active & healthy lifestyle (no smoking/no drugs)

Award amounts:

This fund typically will offer about ten $3,000 awards.

Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing education in art and artistic training.
  2. Preference given to those with financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students

Award amounts:

This fund will typically offer one or two awards from $250 to $500 each.

South Okanagan Aboriginal Education Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing post-secondary education to improve their lives and better support their families
  2. Preference given to those with financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students

Award amounts:

This fund will typically will offer two or three $700 awards.

Culver Family Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Preference given to students entering at least the second year of an undergraduate degree program, or entering a graduate program in modern languages or linguistics, classic languages and native languages
  2. Second preference given to students at least the second year of an undergraduate degree program, or entering a graduate program in Humanities which may include, philosophy, anthropology or sociology.

Award amounts:

This fund will offer one $1,400 award.

Lynn & Brian Jackson Endowment for Fine Arts

How to qualify:

  1. Must be pursuing post-secondary education in a fine arts program at a university, college, or trade school with  recognized degrees or certificates.

Award amounts:

This fund will offer one $500 award.

Irene & Charles Armstrong Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing any form of education to improve their lives and better support their families
  2. Must demonstrate financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students
  4. Open to students to have permanent mental health impairment recognized by the appropriate ministry of the Province of British Columbia

Award amounts:

This fund will offer one $1,000 award.

L&R Supplementary Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing any form of education to upgrade employment qualification (i.e. trades programs)
  2. Must demonstrate financial need
  3. Preference given to single parents

Award amounts:

This fund will offer one $800 award.

Eva & Herbert Rosinger Scholarship Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Must be entering into or continuing studies in engineering or physical sciences (chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology);
  2. Demonstrated financial need;
  3. The character of the individual, as determined by the Grants Committee;
  4. Demonstrate commitment to complete schooling.

Award amounts:

This fund will offer one or two awards totalling $3,530.

Alana Matthew Fund

How to qualify:

A person wishing to advance their education in the arts (including writing, dance, performing arts and visual arts).
Demonstrated financial need;

Award Amounts:

One award for $240.00

Kaleden Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Must live or have lived in the Kaleden area (including Twin Lakes/White Lake Road and St. Andrews by the Lake) and did you attend Kaleden Elementary School. Mailing address must be in Kaleden area (V0H 1K0)
  2. NOTE: You must apply for this bursary directly to the Kaleden Bursary Committee. Please download the following instructions below to apply:

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