Donor Info & Awards Form

Interested in becoming a donor for the Bursary & Scholarship Foundation? Find all the information you need on this page.

The Foundation Has Very Simple Objectives

We collect, invest, and distribute funds to students. We love giving funds to students to help them with their education. We hope you will join us in helping students fulfil their dreams.

Donations are made by individuals, families, businesses, service groups, and in-memoriam for friends or family members. They can be made in any amount and the donor can determine if it will be:

  • as a yearly donation (e.g. $1000 bursary or scholarship distributed by the Foundation) or
  • as a lump sum donation (e.g. $10, 000.00, distributed by the Foundation to a student at $1000.00 per year for 10 years)
  • awarded to one school, both schools, or dividable between schools

NOTE: All donations receive a full income tax receipt.

Make a Donation Today!

There are 2 ways to donate, if you plan to donate more than $1,000 please fill out the form. To make an online donation, please click the ‘Online Donation’ button below.

Donate Today!

There are 2 ways to make a donation.

1) If you plan to donate more than $1,000 please download the Awards Form, fill it out and either mail it to the address on the form or email it to the foundation.

2) Donate to the PSSBSF charity online.

Please contact us at donors.pssbsf@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Criteria

Criteria for a bursary (based on need) or scholarship (based on academics) are set by the donor.  Simple criteria works best.  If the criteria is too specific, it makes it very difficult to match the award to a suitable applicant.  For example, “must have an 85% average, be planning on studying marine biology, be active on a school team, and attending the University of Toronto” makes it difficult to find a suitable match.  Therefore, an award criterion that states “good marks, good citizenship/leadership and well-rounded” or ” intended for a student who has excelled in one of music, art, athletics, sciences, trades programs” makes it very clear and straightforward to award the bursary/scholarship to any number of deserving students.

Selection

Each school has a Selection Committee that reviews applications and matches students with the available bursaries and scholarships. Most awards are ‘need’ related, although we do have several academic and vocational scholarships for students. Students must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and must be taking a full course load at an accredited university the September after they graduate. Applicants who meet all the requirements receive an award. They are never turned down. The committee also looks at citizenship, character, leadership, school and community involvement and affiliations with local churches, service groups, etc., Basically, the student is reviewed holistically, with special consideration for students who might have had a challenging time in high school, but have made a change and have, in their grad year, set post-secondary goals for themselves.

Once recipients are chosen, donors are advised as to the name of the recipient and have an opportunity to accept or deny the choice.  Denial is rare as donors trust the selection committee members to choose wisely.  On occasion, a suitable recipient may not be available, so donors can choose to suspend the award for a year or carry the amount over to the next year.  Donors are also asked if they will present the award at convocation, or if they prefer someone to present on their behalf.

Presentation

Students receive their award at their convocation ceremony when they cross the stage.  The donor presents the envelope to the student when the award is announced.  Foundation directors will present awards on behalf of donors who wish to remain anonymous or who are unable to attend the ceremony.  Note that the donating presenter doesn’t do any public speaking at the convocation.

Followup

Students are required to send thank you letters to their donor(s) in order to claim their award.  Students contact the Foundation to request their funds after Oct 1 by sending their completed request form, proof of enrollment, and fee statement to the Foundation.

The Foundation is extremely grateful for its Donors. Without them, the foundation would not exist and bursaries and scholarships wouldn’t be available for our students. Thank you for your consideration of becoming a Donor!

Penticton Secondary Schools Bursary & Scholarship Foundation

We acknowledge that Penticton, where we live, work and play is on the traditional lands of the Syilx People in the Okanagan Nation.

Foundation Office

Located in Penticton Secondary School's Main Office: 158 Eckhardt Ave E, Penticton, BC V2A 1Z2

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Clerical support is provided through SD 67 board office staff.

psbf@sd67.bc.ca

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