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Bursary Opportunities




Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program

Apply during one of the application periods! 

  • Winter: January 1 – February 15
  • Spring: May 1 – June 15
  • Fall: September 1 – October 15

Applicants who do not meet the following criteria are not eligible for a bursary.

  • All applicants must have a demonstrated financial need.
  • Proof of enrolment, tuition payment and transcripts are required.
  • Applicants must be BC residents who are Canadian Citizens, a permanent resident of Canada or designated as a protected person.
  • Applicants must be enrolled at a public Canadian post-secondary school when the application is submitted.
  • Applicants attending accredited private schools will only be considered if the program is not offered at a public school.
  • Applicants must provide a statement as to why they are not attending a public school and provide a receipt for tuition.
  • Programs of study may be academic, vocational, technical, or technological.
  • Graduate and post graduate students are not eligible.
  • Credit Union members are eligible for up to 2 awards per year.

The Fred Olynyk Bursary

The 2024 Bursary Competition is open.

2023 recipients - Nyssa Thomas and Alexandra Luxmoore
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The 2024 Fred Olynyk Bursary Competition is now open to Graduating Revelstoke Secondary School students.
This contest closes on March 12.

The 2024 Bursary Topic is:

  • How has incorporating Indigenous ways of learning influenced your education?

Revelstoke Credit Union values education and we believe by helping students with their education goals we can improve our community. Each year we offer the "Fred Olynyk Bursary" to help with the cost of post-secondary education. For detailed information please drop by our office or call (250) 837-6291 extension 242 to speak with our bursary coordinator Erin Russell. She will assist you in completing the process.

  1. The award is given to a student from the current year’s graduating class of Revelstoke Secondary School.
  2. The award amount is $3,000; $1000 in the award year and $500 per year up to 4 additional years enrolled in a post-secondary institution.
  3. The Bursary is payable on receipt of proof of registration in a Post-Secondary institution within two years of the award.
  4. Student must produce a 250-word essay. Interested applicants should contact Revelstoke Credit Union’s Executive Assistant, Erin Russell for further information.
  5. Scholarship applicants must be a Revelstoke Credit Union Member since at least September of the previous year. Please see our accounts service representatives to become a Member and apply for an account.
  6. Revelstoke Credit Union Board of Directors will make the selection of the successful applicant from those submitted before the published due date, usually the second week of March the year of the competetion.
  7. Email completed essays to Erin Russell or, bring a hard copy to RevCU's reception desk before 4 pm on the due date. 

Fred Olynyk was a long time resident of Revelstoke and lived until the age of 92 years. Fred and his wife Mary and family lived in Revelstoke until 1997 and then relocated to Kamloops, BC.  Relations of the Olynyk Family still reside in Revelstoke. 
Fred worked in the forestry industry, was an ardent vegetable gardener and a sports enthusiast. His grandson, Kelly Olynyk, has gone on to a long career in the National Basketball Association. Also, he was a very involved citizen in his community serving as an executive member on many boards. 
Fred Olynyk's early association with the Revelstoke and District Credit Union began in 1958 when a committee was formed to study the possibility of purchasing a building to suitably accommodate the Credit Union. He was elected to the Okanagan Regional Executive of BC Central Credit Union in 1972, and became Vice Chair in 1975.  His involvement with the Revelstoke Credit Union was commendable and this bursary was formed in his honor after serving as a Director for over 28 years.

2023 - Alexandra Luxmoore - How has growing up in Revelstoke prepared your next phase in your life?

Growing up in Revelstoke is a gift that reaches into all parts of my life. Yes, it's a great town,
people are nice, the scenery is pretty, and I had lots of opportunities growing up here. Perhaps
the biggest thing I have learned is that when people are kind and want to help each other, great
things can happen. My mom told me about 'made in Revelstoke solutions', when we created a
carshare cooperative for our town. More and more, I think I get what that means.

Growing up here I saw that instead of complaining about local issues, people solve them; this is
the lesson I want to take with me into the next phase of my life. Examples of this are easy to
find; whether it's the Soup and a Smile Program, where local people saw a need for a place for
different parts of society to come together and feel welcome, or the fact that 20 years ago
there wasn't much for families with young kids,, so the town came together to build our
swimming pool, or something like the fact that people are lonely at Christmas time, what did a
small group of people do? They started the Community Christmas Dinner at the Frontier. Going
forward into the next phase of my life I feel that I will keep that idea that I can care enough to
do something about an issue instead of just complaining and expecting someone else to solve
the problem.

2023 - Nyssa Thomas - How has growing up in Revelstoke prepared your next phase in your life?

Whether through snow sports athletes advocating for policy change with Protect Our
Winters, representatives of the Local Food Initiative supporting city wide composting, or
community members rallying together to protect valuable forests, I have been inspired and
empowered by climate activists from all sides of our community. When choosing to pursue an
education in environmental science, my upbringing in Revelstoke has been the leading factor in
my decision.

I feel immensely grateful to grow up in a community full of life, passion, and
opportunities. Skiing, hiking, and biking on mountains fanning the Monashee and Selkirk ranges
has instilled a heavy value for our environment In me. Surrounded by awe inspiring natural
landscapes, it is no surprise that Revelstoke is a leading center for climate action. This dedication
to protecting the natural state of our environment is reflected in our high school by the RSS
Environmental Action Team. Throughout my senior years of high school, I have been supported
in creating climate initiatives with the team by the Stoke Youth Network and School District 19
staff. These opportunities have allowed me to see a role that I can play in environmental science
and climate action in the future.

Being raised in Revelstoke has given me a first-hand view of socio-environmental issues
our society currently is facing. Through following the lead of passionate community members,
the support of teachers and coaches, and following my deep-seated respect for the natural world,
I hope to play a part in stopping climate change.

2022 Fred Olynyk Bursary winner:  Alyssa BolleferAs a community, what changes can be made to reduce the ways in which we’re contributing to the escalation and impacts of climate change?

As a growing community what can we do to help with the current climate crisis? Each person has an impact and an important part to play, but the largest impacts start with community programs. Revelstoke has many good programs in place such as the farmers market and the

recycling program, however, we can still do better. My key three ideas are making the change for city vehicles (garbage trucks, dump trucks, snowplows, etc.) from gas to electric, improving trail connectivity for non-motorized vehicles, and introducing the adoption of biomass gasification.

City run heavy equipment vehicles stay local, which would make for an easy transition from gas to electric. The average garbage truck uses 1gallon every 3 miles compared to the average vehicle using 1 gallon every 25 miles. With the vehicle fleet producing 34% of city produced greenhouse gas emissions in 2007 this would decrease city fuel emissions and be more cost effective for tax payers.

Overall, Revelstoke has good trail connectivity across town but only in the summer. Due to the extensive snowfall we receive, commuting on a non-motorized vehicle in the winter is incredibly dangerous. Prioritizing trail snow removal will present the community with a second safe option to commute around town.

Biomass gasification is a process which turns dry organic waste material into natural gas-like fuel. With the large presence of logging and millwork in Revelstoke this is a prime opportunity to create a new sustainable energy source. As we move away from logging old growth forest and into enhanced silviculture even more organic waste will be created due to the smaller tree sizes. Because there is no current use for this waste, creating a biomass gasification plant near town would be an excellent opportunity to create healthier forest and decrease unsustainable fuel emissions.

With the severity of the current climate crisis, we need to act now. Creating new innovative solutions and implementing them is a large step towards protecting our environment. Revelstoke has witnessed and endured the effects of climate change firsthand and we need to work together as a community and do our part.

Sources Cited

John, Steven, "" Insider, Dec. 2, 2019. Web. March 2022.
Page-Brittin, Penny, "" City of Revelstoke, March 2011. Web. March 2022.
Vock, Daniel C., "" Governing, July 7, 2014. Web. March 2022.
"" Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, 2021. Web. March 2022.

2021 Fred Olynyk Bursary winner:  Sophie Dorriuss
-  How has COVID-19 Affected you, your family, your community, and your future?

How has COVID-19 Affected you, your family, your community, and your future?     

I took the school bus home for spring break in March of 2020, and remember thinking to myself that it might be the last time I stepped onto a school bus. I was right, but back then I never knew how serious things would get. Everyone suffered challenges and no matter how much I write about how bad I have had it, someone will always have it worse. Instead, I want to tell you about how covid 19 changed my life in a positive way and the things that I am grateful for.   

When the lockdowns started, my family didn't lose jobs or money. We were privileged to have job security. I never worried about where my next meal would come from. When school went online, I had the privilege of having Wifi, and multiple sources of technology to choose from. My family stayed safe and healthy throughout the past year except for a few scares. Over the course of online schooling, I learned to persevere more than before, and I gained a new level of independence.     

After struggling through the challenges of this pandemic, I am choosing to change my outlook. I want to watch my community come back together instead of watching it be split apart. If everyone chooses love and positivity over hatred and anger, this community will emerge stronger and more resilient, just like my family and I are choosing to do. I look forward to learning and growing more in this new abnormal world.


2020 Fred Olynyk Bursary winner:  Cohen Lussier - My Vision for Revelstoke

  ​My vision for the future of Revelstoke includes an improved park and trail system, increased funding for infrastructure, and a council that makes informed decisions on development and tourism initiatives. Firstly, I believe our city needs to increase the area of park space and number of trails in town. A bylaw or regulation should be introduced to have a set ratio of parkland to residential/commercial lots and the option to take cash in lieu of land eliminated. Revelstoke also has a limited trail system, with little outside of the Greenbelt and Big Eddy Dyke. Although an elaborate future design has been created, no concrete timeline has been set for implementation.
Secondly, my future Revelstoke has a higher budget for infrastructure maintenance and expansion. My primary focus would be on the addition of sidewalks throughout the city as well as regular maintenance to the roads. There are many areas in town with little or no sidewalks and/or pavement in rough condition. I was pleased to hear that the city has raised the budget for infrastructure in the coming years as well as the construction of a roundabout at the Fourth St/Victoria Rd. intersection.
  Lastly, my future council would make decisions on development and tourism with meaningful consultation from the citizens of Revelstoke. They would take into consideration all points of view, the official community plan, the results from the visioning surveys, and potentially hold referendums for large issues. In conclusion, my vision for Revelstoke would have an extensive park, trail and sidewalk system, and a council that made their decisions with the values of Revelstoke residents in mind.


​2023 Valeyo Learning Grant

The Learning Grant Program is closed for 2023.