A contest for tuition is underway at Okanagan College.

A contest for tuition is underway at Okanagan College.

Prizes available in post-secondary contests

Prizes include tuition, rent and a vacation for students at post-secondary institutions

The people who teach at B.C.’s colleges and universities are running an education contest.

The provincial grand prize is your rent paid for one year ($12,000), second place wins a vacation in the sun this winter ($4,500), and there are several prizes of $1,000.

Current Okanagan College students are also eligible to win cash prizes equivalent to free winter tuition at the college, or one of three awards of $350, all provided by the members of the Okanagan College Faculty Association.

The provincial contest is open to anyone in B.C. with a story to tell about post-secondary education, but it is mostly students that are entering. The contest asks people to share their story — in writing, as an image, or an audio or video file—about going to college and university in B.C.

“Students are talking about some of the financial challenges they are facing with very large student debt loads,” said George Davison, president of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of B.C.

“Each person has a unique story — some of amazing success and others of real struggle.”

The education contest closes Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m. For more information and to enter, go to www.openthedoors.ca/contest

The local and provincial winners will be announced Nov. 17.