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Okanagan Historical Society Student Award

Scholarship Value $1,000

Number of Scholarships 1

Aims / Goals

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.


  1. $1000.00 (one thousand dollars)
  2. Possible publication in Okanagan History, the annual publication of the Okanagan Historical Society.

General Criteria

The essay must:

  • Depict history which occurred in the geographic area encompassed by the Okanagan, Shuswap and Similkameen Valleys.
  • Be suitable for publication in the Okanagan Historical Society’s Annual Report (Okanagan History book).
  • Be submitted by email.
  • Be minimum length of 1500 words to a maximum of 2500.
  • Include a separate cover page which shows the student’s information.
  • Student’s Information:
    • Student’s name and registration number.
    • Name of Institution.
    • Student’s telephone number and address.
    • Student’s E-mail address.
    • Title of essay.

Evaluation Criteria

The essay will be judged according to:

  1. Historical Information
    • 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
    • The quality of the historical content in that it effectively used rich, vivid detail in a style which engages and involves the reader.
    • The work is original, not cut-and-pasted from other sources.
  3. Conclusions
    • 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information and interpretations based on relevant evidence; the way the writer describes his/her own thinking about the historical content which demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the historical issue(s).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
    • Demonstrated level of organization, correct sentence structure, usage, grammar, diction, mechanics, bibliography and references.
    • Use endnotes, not footnotes.
    • Send photos, if any, separately from text.

Please submit Essay via email to:

Diane Ambil:

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