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Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society
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President's Message

President's Message

July, 2016

Dear Donors,

Thank you for your continued support of students pursuing post-secondary education through your involvement with the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS). COBSS is a non-profit organization made up of community volunteers and counselors from public and private schools, and recently, online schools within the boundaries of School District #23. The mandate of COBSS is to facilitate organizations, families and individuals who desire to provide financial support to students as they embark on their post-secondary education. This organization is unique in that it serves as a vehicle wherein, by submitting only one application, a graduating student can be considered for over 500 bursaries, scholarships and awards. Bursaries are allocated primarily on the basis of financial need, scholarships are distribute to students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in an area stipulated by the donor, and awards are given based upon criteria specified by the donor. COBSS also partners with the Central Okanagan Foundation (COF) to help pick suitable recipients for its awards.

Due to the generous contributions of donors, in 2016 COBSS allocated 533 awards, totaling over $432,000. In the past thirteen years, $5.6 million, contributed by local donors, has been distributed through COBSS to many deserving students in our community. Receiving a COBSS award validates students at a critical turning point in their young lives.

To be eligible to receive an award, scholarship or bursary through COBSS, students must be attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution, full time, in the year immediately following high school graduation. Unfortunately, the number of applicants always exceeds the number of awards available to allocate. Consequently, as an organization, we strive to increase our donor base so that we can assist as many students as possible who desire to pursue post-secondary education. As COBSS relies primarily on volunteers, we welcome any donors who may wish to fund some of our administrative costs (office expenses, insurance, postage, etc.).

Post-secondary education, while necessary for a wide array of occupations and careers, is very expensive. Tuition, student fees and text books frequently cost in excess of $7000 per year for an undergraduate University degree. In addition, many students have living expenses and residence fees to pay. Many depend upon bursaries, scholarships or awards to enable them to pursue their education. The generosity of donors, such as you, who recognize the value of post-secondary education and are willing to assist young people on this journey is sincerely appreciated. We encourage you to spread the message about COBSS and its role in helping local students achieve their post-secondary goals. If you know others who are interested in becoming a donor, COBSS can be reached at: 250-861-4980, e-mail,, or visit our website at to download a donor contract or gain further information. Your personal donation is tax-deductible and goes toward helping young people of our community fulfill their dreams.

Thank you again for your support.

Best regards,

Jude Pipher

Jude Pipher

COBSS President​