Building a Better Future Bursary

The Building a Better Future program provides financial support to eligible Syilx Okanagan Nation members. This scholarship, bursary and awards program recognizes student achievement and encourages Syilx Okanagan Nation members to pursue post‑secondary education. These scholarships, bursaries and awards are for students starting a post-secondary program in the fall of 2023. There are specific high school awards are for those who are graduating in the 2022-23 school year.

Available Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

FortisBC an Education for Life Awards
While building the Terasen Gas Southern Crossing Pipeline, Terasen Gas (now FortisBC) forged strong relationships with the member communities of the Okanagan Nation Alliance. In recognition, Fortis BC has established a Financial Award for Okanagan Nation Alliance members who are committed to building a better future for themselves and their community through post-secondary educational studies. This bursary has been available since 2009.

$1500 Education for Life Award (2 available)
Open to students enrolled in full time studies in a minimum two-year university, college diploma, certificate or trades program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2023.

EMB Awards for Syilx Students
To help support Syilx Okanagan Nation members in furthering their education, EMB has introduced $10,000 in awards in 2022 as a component of our Building a Better Future program. Formed in 2014, EMB Management Ltd. (“EMB”) is a consulting company offering project development, project delivery, engineering, construction management and construction inspection services to utility and infrastructure clients across Western Canada. Their contribution will provide the following awards:

$3500 Engineering Scholarship
This scholarship is open to students studying Engineering in the fall of 2023.

Other Requirements:
• Planning to attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis pursuing a full-time (4 course minimum) engineering program.
• Applicants must be enrolled in or display proof of acceptance in a post-secondary institution

$1500 Surveying, Mapping, or Geomatics Bursary
This bursary is open to an undergraduate student studying surveying, mapping, or geomatics in the fall of 2023.

$1500 Business Bursary
This bursary is open to an undergraduate student enrolled in full time studies in the fall of 2023 who intends to study Business, Business Administration, Commerce, or Management.

$1500 Walking My Learning Forward Award
Open to students enrolled in full time studies in a two-year university, college diploma, certificate or trades program at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2023.

$1000 Syilx Excellence (2 available for High School Graduates)
The Syilx Excellence scholarship is awarded to 2 well-rounded high school graduates who have demonstrated service and leadership, both in their community and in the nation.

Other Requirements:
• Be in their final year of high school, entering into full-time studies in a first bachelor degree, first diploma/certificate, or first trades program at a recognized post-secondary institutions.
• Be graduating between September 1, 2021 and June 2022
• To apply, you’ll need to answer the additional Syilx Excellence specific short essay questions in the Building a Better Future application.

Read the terms carefully before completing your application and relevant supporting documentation. Students are welcome to apply for multiple awards.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be attached by ancestry and identity to the Syilx Okanagan Nation
  • Plan to attend an accredited post-secondary institution on a full-time basis. Registered for classes between: September 2022 – April 2023. Unless otherwise noted in the specific award listing.
  • For the Syilx Excellence Awards you must have graduated high school in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Each scholarship, bursary and award has its own set of additional criteria and deadlines.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: Upcoming deadline is yet to be determined
  • Award Announcement: will take place at the ONA AGA, date yet to be determined
  • Payments: For post-secondary recipients September 2023. For Syilx Excellence awards July 2023

Application package requirements

  • Students must ensure all application requirements are met before submitting an application. (see Checklist)
  • Students must take responsibility to ensure that all information is up-to-date and included in the submission package.
  • Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Include all attachments in one email. We will send you an email notification when your application has been received.

Deadline to apply for 2023 yet to be determined.

Thank you to our Partners:

SUBMIT COMPLETED APPLICATIONS:

By Email: tmontgomery@syilx.org

For More Information Contact:
Tara Montgomery, Communications Lead
Phone: (250) 707-0095 ext 120
Email: tmontgomery@syilx.org

Please join us in congratulating the 2022 Building a Better Future Bursary recipients!

2022 Bursary Announcement