Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship recipient and former Okanagan College student Taylor Attrill (Penticton).

Ike Barber Transfer Scholarship recipient and former Okanagan College student Taylor Attrill (Penticton).

Vernon students among scholarship winners

Sixteen Okanagan College students are collectively $80,000 richer, thanks to receiving Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships

Sixteen Okanagan College students are collectively $80,000 richer, thanks to receiving Ike Barber Transfer Scholarships.

The $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students who have completed two years at a public post-secondary institution in B.C. and are transferring to another degree-granting institution in the province to complete their degrees.

Among the recipients are Sasha M. Podolchak of Lake Country, Dawn Kennedy of Winfield, Marla J. Turner from Salmon Arm and Vernon students Vanessa J. Boulter, Tiana Eilander and Trevor Sproule.

“It’s tremendous every year to see the quality of students who come through Okanagan College, and a real privilege to help them succeed so they can continue with their university education,” said Okanagan College President Jim Hamilton, who also sits on the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society’s board of directors.

The awards are handed out each September through the Irving K. Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society and are based on both strong grades and volunteer service to the students’ schools and/or communities.

In total 89 B.C. students received the scholarship, making Okanagan College – with its 16 recipients – the institution with the second highest number of recipients.

The students will be furthering their education at various institutions: Royal Roads University, both campuses of UBC, and the University of Victoria.

John Yap, Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology, noted that B.C. has earned international recognition for offering one of the most extensive post-secondary transfer systems in the world.

“I’m delighted that with these scholarships we’re making it easier for these students to make the most of their learning opportunities and move between our post-secondary institutions to succeed in their studies and fulfill their ambitions,” Yap said.

Since 2006, the Society has awarded over $4.5 million in scholarships to several thousand students throughout B.C.

To find out more about this fund, call the Victoria Foundation at 250-381-5532 or visit www.bcscholarship.ca.