Community Foundation of the South Okanagan extends bursary deadline

Students within the boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen have until April 15 to apply

The Community Foundation of the South Okanagan has extended the deadline for its 2013 bursary submissions to April 15.

The foundation grants bursaries each year from the Sharon Amos Legacy Fund for the Arts and the Dr. John and Kathy Scarfo bursary to deserving students living within the boundaries of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Sharon Amos, who made an undeniable mark in the community through her passion for art and music, died in January 2010.  In her memory, a bursary fund was set up to support students pursuing a career in music and art.

Dr. John Scarfo learned the value of ‘paying-it-forward’ after he was given financial support from one of his professors at the University of British Columbia, which allowed him to continue his education and complete a degree in medicine.  Dr. Scarfo never forgot this act of generosity and established a bursary fund with the foundation to provide financial support to individuals who are working hard to better their lives.

“The bursaries provided by the community foundation are all about giving back to our community,” said Aaron McRann, executive director of the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan. “We are working closely with our donors to help deserving students achieve their educational goals and improve their lives.”

The bursaries are open to students who are enrolled in or planning to attend college or university and who live within the RDOS. For more information please visit the foundation’s website at