$37,000 in bursaries to local students

Community Foundation offers more $$

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen will award $11,000 more in bursaries than the previous year to students throughout the RDOS. Two of the bursary funds will make awards to arts students, one bursary fund is for Aboriginal students and the largest bursary fund is open to any student for any area of study.

Applications are now being accepted for all four bursary funds with the application deadline being April 18th, 2016. “We’re really excited about the bursary program this year,” said Aaron McRann, Executive Director of the Community Foundation. “With the amount of money we have available to students we are anticipating even more applications than in previous years,” added McRann.

The Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts was established after the death of well-known community leader, Sharon Amos. The Fund awards bursaries to students pursuing education in music and arts, preferably performing arts. The Fund has awarded $8,400 to local students since its creation in 2010.

The Dr. John & Kathy Scarfo Bursary Fund awards to students who live an active and healthy lifestyle and who are pursuing education in an effort to improve life for themselves and their families. This Fund will award several bursaries totalling $33,000 to local students who are in financial need.

The South Okanagan Aboriginal Education Fund was established in 2013 by anonymous donors from the area. Shortly after the announcement of this new Fund another anonymous donor came forward and donated an additional $10,000 to the bursary fund. The Fund has awarded $2,190 in the past three years to local Aboriginal students pursuing an education.

The Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund was created after the tragic death of Thea Haubrich in 2013. Thea was a leading practitioner and promoter of Encaustic Art. The endowment fund was established with the goal of providing ongoing financial support to artists, with a focus on encaustic art, wanting to further their education. The Thea Haubrich Legacy Fund has awarded $700 in the past two years.

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