The Okanagan Mission Residents Association (OMRA) recently presented a Mission student with a bursary through the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS). The bursary program provides an award to offset tuition fees, books, accommodation or transportation costs.
Katharine Sherwood, an Okanagan Mission Secondary School graduate, was selected as a recipient based on her scholastic achievements and commitment to her community. Miss Sherwood plans on pursuing her passion of writing and sports with an education in Journalism. “I am so incredibly grateful to have received this award from OMRA as it helps me pursue my degree in Journalism and Humanities.” Miss Sherwood said, expressing her gratitude to both OMRA & COBSS.
OMRA has supported the bursary program for several years. Brent Pay, President of OMRA stated “We’re pleased to once again contribute to the COBSS Bursary program, it’s part of our initiative to support our community and Mission families. We wish Miss Sherwood the best of luck with her pursuit in Journalism.”
The Okanagan Mission Residents Association (OMRA) works on behalf of all persons residing within the Okanagan Mission boundaries.
Their role is to promote the interests of persons residing within their boundaries, to organise functions and activities within the community and to facilitate interaction and dialogue between the City of Kelowna and/or other governments with the Okanagan Mission residents.
For more information on becoming a member of OMRA please email firstname.lastname@example.org. A annual nominal membership fee of $10 contributes to OMRA initiatives such as the COBSS Bursary Program.
The Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS) is a non-profit group of volunteers from the Central Okanagan area who are dedicated to providing financial assistance to Grade 12 graduates in order that they may further their post-secondary education.
They accept and administer money from donors such as community or school groups, businesses, and individuals. Each year COBSS acts as a central body through which graduating Grade 12 students can apply for approximately 500 bursaries and scholarships. Criteria for these awards are set by the donor to recognize student achievement (for example: citizenship, scholastic achievement, athletic achievement), and to assist those who might find difficulty in financing further education.
These bursaries and scholarships are intended for students entering a college, university or other post- secondary institution in the coming year. In the past 14 years COBSS has distributed over $4.5 million to deserving graduating students from the Central Okanagan.
COBSS continues to promote support by community donors to assist students further their education and fulfil their vocational ambitions. www.cobss.sd23.bc.ca for more information.