Sun scholarship fund boosted by more than $9,000

BCFC team gets cheque from Scotiabank to open up more education opportunities for players

The Okanagan Sun Scholarship Fund has grown a lot bigger thanks to a donation from the Scotiabank Group.

During a special cheque presentation Thursday, Scotiabank donated $9,280 to the Sun Scholarship Fund after balloon sales at the Scholarship Dinner back in the fall.  The balloon sales at the dinner were matched by Scotiabank.

The Sun Scholarship Fund has helped over 100 student athletes continue their education in just four years of existence.

“It means a lot,” says Sun President Paul Carson.  “The money that Scotiabank has been able to raise for us for the Scholarship Fund is a big part of the Okanagan Sun now and for the future.  It certainly means a lot of funding for student athletes for our team.”

On average $1,500 helps a single player to further his education while playing football for the Sun.  It’s also a large recruiting tool when the club is looking at bringing a player to Kelowna.  “At the end of the day,” Carson continues, “we like to think this is also leading us towards our goal of eventually partnering with the University, of which we’ll need a lot more Scholarship funding , but this is a great start for attracting student athletes and it definitely works as a tool we use in recruiting.”

This is the third consecutive year Scotiabank has been involved with the Sun Scholarship Fund as Scotiabank’s Director and Group Leader Cary Lehmberg says it’s a very good relationship. “This program is a very good fit for us certainly the combination of amateur athletics along with academics is a good fit for us and we’re hopeful that these funds will help players make a difference both on the playing field as well as in the classroom.”

In the three years Scotiabank has been involved, nearly $30,000 has been donated to the Okanagan Sun Scholarship Fund.

 

Just Posted

Kelowna man charged with sex crimes gets closer to trial date

A pretrial conference has been scheduled

Bail for man charged in Kelowna murder

The man charged in a 2013 Glenmore-area murder has been released on bail

Former New Zealand politician attacked in jail

Charges have been laid against an inmate who allegedly attacked Peter Beckett during his trial

Illness numbers grow in Interior Health

GI and RI illnesses reported in Vernon, Lake Country, Kelowna, Penticton and Castlegar

Immunization clinics this week

Meningococcal outbreak prompts vaccines across Okanagan

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

Kamloops man cuffed after running from police

Kamloops RCMP say a suspect was arrested after running from police

UPDATE: Grizzly bear trophy hunting over in B.C.

Now only Indigenous people can hunt bears for meat

Warriors head to break after 3-point weekend

West Kelowna rallies in third period Sunday to tie Powell River in last game before Xmas

Star Blue Jays announced for Vancouver ‘Winter Tour’ event in January

Toronto’s pro baseball team heads west for two-day event

UPDATE: ‘Multiple fatalities’ as Amtrak derails over the I-5 in Washington State

13 cars jumped the tracks as train made its first voyage between Seattle and Portland

Mental effects of wildfire still linger in Fort McMurray

‘Resilient, but tired:’ Mental effects of wildfire lingering in Fort McMurray

Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

AP Exclusive: Climate change hits Winter Olympic preparation

Calgary Flames thump Vancouver Canucks 6-1

Mark Giordano, Sam Bennett lead the way as Flames thump Canucks 6-1

Most Read