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Frequently Asked Questions
​​How do I qualify for COBSS awards?
    •  You must be graduating from grade 12, plan to attend an approved post secondary institution full time immediately upon graduation, and complete a COBSS student application by deadline date.
What is considered to be full time attendance?
    • ​​​​​Full time attendance is defined as at least 60% of a full course load for at least 12 consecutive weeks at a designated post-secondary institution.  
What post secondary schools qualify?
    • You must attend an approved/designated school.  See designated schools tab on left.
Does every student applicant receive an award?​​
    • ​​​No, there are not enough awards for each and every student applicant to receive one. Each year, there are about 600-650 student applicants and about 500 awards allocated. For more information about how students are selected for awards, please see link below.
Where can I download the reference form?
​Once I have received an award, what do I do with the Certificate of Award (COA)?
    • ​​The Certificate of Award (COA) is issued to you when you receive the award at your grad ceremony. You will also receive a letter outlining how to redeem your specific award(s).​
    • How to Claim Your Award.pdf
    • The Registrar or Admissions Officer must complete the COA. Please return the completed and signed form to the Central Okanagan Bursary and Scholarship Society (COBSS) for payment. It is not redeemable for cash.  ​Funds will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution of your choice upon official registration. It is your responsibility to give this certificate to the Registrar for completion as soon as possible. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: COBSS sends the funds directly to educational institution as soon as we receive the signed COA. Once the educational institution receives the funds it takes processing time to reach the students account; this is variable at each institution but may take up to 4-6 weeks. Getting your signed or verified COA to COBSS as soon as possible will help to ensure the funds are available when tuition is due. 
    • ​The form may be returned to COBSS by mail, scanned and emailed, faxed, or dropped off through the mail slot at the COBSS office.
    • If your educational plans change and you are unable to use your award, please advise COBSS as soon as possible. An alternate recipient may be chosen to receive the award.
Is the monetary value of each award listed in the student application?​​​
    • ​​The award dollar value is NOT listed on the student application. COBSS wants students to apply for awards based on their eligibility, not on the basis of the monetary value of the award.  Depending on the monetary value students might feel it is not worth their time to apply for awards of a lesser value.  COBSS does not want to judge or devalue any award relative to another.   By publishing the dollar amount of each award it may diminish the perceived worth of the award.  Awards are a representation of contributions from donors who are wanting to make a difference for students pursuing a post-secondary education.