Dozens of Okanagan College students attending the Vernon campus have smiles on their faces after awards totaling $41,000 were handed out.
Thirty-five students received 58 awards from the Okanagan College Foundation Thursday.
“Each one of these students is very deserving of these awards, and awards like this encourage students to do their best in their studies. They are role models for many other students on campus,” said dean Jane Lister.
One of those students receiving more than one award was Brian Garvin, a 23-year-old student who is in the second year of his associate of arts degree with plans to become a social worker.
Garvin received the R.J. Gillespie Memorial Award, the Rotary Club of Vernon Award, and the Peter and Maria Jakubow Bursary, totaling $2,000.
“The generosity blows me away,” said Garvin.
“One day I hope I’m in a position to do the same for someone else because it really means a lot.”
Over the years, numerous organizations and individuals have established memorial awards, scholarships, and bursaries, including groups like the Rotary Club of Vernon, Valley First Credit Union, and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan.