Science centre offers scholarship

Marg Sim Memorial Scholarship worth $300 to graduating high school student

Marg Sim

Marg Sim

A North Okanagan high school student looking for a bit of financial help can turn to the Okanagan Science Centre.

The centre offers the Marg Sim Memorial Scholarship of $300 to a graduating student.

The scholarship is open to students who are members of the Okanagan Science Centre, graduating high school this spring, and entering a post-secondary program in the sciences, engineering or education in the fall.

Information on how to apply for the scholarship is available on the Okanagan Science Centre website at

Marg and Bill Sim found the Vernon Science and Discovery Society in 1985 which began operating the Okanagan Science Centre in 1991.

Originally, the centre was located in the basement of the old Tolko building, then re-located to the heritage Park School in Polson Park in 1997.

Marg was the first one to bring dinosaurs to the Science Centre, re-building a large dinosaur that sat on the roof. She regularly drove long-time Okanagan Science Centre employee Kevin Aschenmeier through the Okanagan as he delivered planetarium shows with our portable StarLab at schools and organizations throughout the region. Kevin remembers Marg’s least favourite science was chemistry, because it left the biggest mess.

The Okanagan Science Centre maintains exhibits on subjects from robotics to ecosystems to astronomy—many of those exhibits designed and built in-house at the science centre. This year, Dinosaurs Unearthed, a large traveling exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs and dinosaur fossils, is on at the Okanagan Science Centre from until Aug. 31.