As the school year winds up, many students are making plans to save for their tuition next year. For 640 of those students, their cost of education just became a little bit lighter.
This year, Interior Savings Credit Union is awarding $640,000 in bursaries to students in the Thompson Okanagan area. Since its launch five years ago, the Interior Savings Million Dollar Bursary program has now awarded more than $2.5 million in bursaries.
According to Kathy Conway, CEO of Interior Savings, the Million Dollar Bursary is part of a bold commitment by the Credit Union to share profits with its members while also helping to support continuous education.
“We believe in local money for local good,” she said. “What better way to create local good than to dedicate a portion of our profit sharing program to help our young members get a head start in life.”
To be eligible you must be between 17 to 24 years old, a member of the Credit Union and you must have plans to attend full-time studies in a recognized degree, diploma or trade certification program. Any bursary money not claimed is returned to the general profit sharing pool which is paid each year to Interior Savings members. This spring, in addition to these bursaries, the Credit Union returned another $1.5 million in rewards and dividends to its members.
If you’re attending a high school graduation awards ceremony in the next two weeks, watch for award recipients to be announced. According to Conway, a number of high schools will see more than 10 per cent of their graduating class receives a Million Dollar Bursary award. Of note, 12 awards will be presented at Lillooet Secondary, 14 at George Elliot in Lake Country, 14 at Merritt Secondary, 37 at Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary in West Kelowna, 34 at OKM in Kelowna, 22 at Valleyview Secondary in Kamloops and an impressive 72 bursaries will be presented at each of the Rutland Senior Secondary and Kelowna Senior Secondary school ceremonies.
To learn more about the Million Dollar Bursary program go to www.milliondollarbursary.com.