Apply for a bursary

2017 Bursary applications will be available from April 3 – May 19th, 2017

In response to requests from donors, the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen continues to expand its educational awards programs.

In 2017 the following endowment funds will be offering 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. Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Bursary Fund
  6. The Bench Market Bursary Fund

Please review the criteria and application forms carefully before applying.  If suitable, applicants are welcome to submit applications for funding from all endowment funds.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Bursaries are only available to residents of the South Okanagan Similkameen. To be eligible applicants must currently live within the boundaries of the RDOS, or have graduated from a school within these boundaries in the last five (5) years.

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:

It varies a bit from year to year, but typically this fund will offer two $800 awards.

Story:

The Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts was created to provide financial assistance to individuals seeking education in Music and Arts.  More information…

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)

*You will be asked to provide an essay in the application form stating your achievements, your volunteer work and work experience. Include a statement that demonstrates your commitment to living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Award amounts:

It varies a bit from year to year, but typically this fund will offer about ten $2,000 awards.

Story:

Born in 1924, the tenth of 12 children, Dr. Scarfo experienced many trials in his early years.  His parents immigrated from Italy in 1909 to Vancouver where they struggled to survive.  Those struggles only intensified when Dr. Scarfo’s father was tragically killed in 1931.  More information…

Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund

How to qualify:

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

Award amounts:

It varies a bit from year to year, but typically this fund will offer one or two awards from $250 to $500 each.

Story:

Thea Haubrich passed away on September 25, 2013 after a long and courageous battle following several strokes.

Born in Rotterdam, Holland, Thea and her husband, Peter, left Holland around 1980 and lived in Vienna (where their son was born), Germany, Japan, Germany again and now in British Columbia, Canada, near the city of Penticton – “A place to stay forever!”  More information…

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:

It varies a bit from year to year, but typically this fund will offer two or three awards from $500 to $700 each.

Story:

The South Okanagan Aboriginal Bursary Fund was established in 2013 by anonymous donors who had spent time working with Aboriginals in the northern region of Canada.  After that experience, the donors felt compelled to support Aboriginal youth and that the best way to do this would be through a bursary fund.  Shortly after the new Fund was announced, a second anonymous donor came forward with a $10,000 gift to help build the bursary fund.   More information…

Okanagan Fest-of-Ale Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing 2nd year of post-secondary education in the brewing industry or intermediate level, accredited online courses in the brewing industry
  2. Preference given to those with financial need
  3. Preference given to students who demonstrate determination and willingness to work hard to succeed in their education
  4. Consideration will be given to family circumstances that add extra burden to the student

Award amounts:

It varies from year to year, but typically this fund will offer multiple awards with a minimum value of $500 each.

Story:

The Okanagan Fest of Ale Society established the Okanagan Fest of Ale Brewers Bursary Fund in 2015 in conjunction with the annual events 20th  Anniversary.  The bursary compliments the Societies commitment to support and promote the growing world of craft brewing as well as the organizations charitable nature.  Grant applications are open to individuals pursing 2nd year studies in the brewing industry.

The Bench Market Bursary Fund

How to qualify:

  1. Pursuing education in the Food and Beverage industry, preferably the Culinary Arts
  2. Preference given to those with financial need
  3. Open to youth and adult students

Award amounts:

Typically this fund will offer one $1000 award.

Story:

Stewart and Heather Glynes, proprieters of The Bench Market in Penticton established the Bench Market Bursary Fund in 2017 to help aspiring culinary students whose passion is in the food and beverage industry.  Stewart and Heather established the bursary in the hopes to encourage young adults to enter the culinary arts program.  Bursary applications are open to individuals interested in a career in the food and beverage industry, preferable the culinary arts.

2017 Award Application Process

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