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Okanagan Historical Society Student Award

Scholarship Value $1,000

Number of Scholarships 1

To encourage the research and writing of Okanagan history by secondary and post secondary students.


Students currently in Grades 9 to 12, or at any post secondary institution.


a) $1000.00 (one thousand dollars).

b) Possible publication in Okanagan History, the annual publication of the Okanagan Historical Society.

General Criteria

The essay must:

A) Depict history which occurred in the geographical area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.

B) Be suitable for publication in the "Okanagan History" book.

C) Be submitted on a 3.5 in. disk or CD and typed double spaced on 8.5 x 11.0 in. white paper.

D) Be minimum length of 1500 words to a maximum of 2500.

The essay will be judged according to:

Evaluation Criteria

The essay will be judged according to:

1) Historical Information

A) The degree to which the writer has gathered accurate information in different ways; has insightfully selected essential information; and has interpreted or synthesized that information.

2) Effective Communication

A) The quality of the historical content in that it effectively used rich, vivid detail in a style which engages and involves the reader.

B) The work is original, not cut-and-pasted from other sources.

3) Conclusions

A) The conclusions the writer makes which reflect clear, logical links between the information and interpretations based on relevant evidence; the way the writer describes his/her own thinking about the historical content which demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the historical issue(s).

4) Conventions of Writing

A) Demonstrated level of organization, correct sentence structure, usage, grammar, diction, mechanics, bibliography and footnoting.

B) Use endnotes, not footnotes.

C) Send photos, if any, separately from text.