Revelstoke Credit Union helps fund future of Revelstoke students with bursary awards

Revelstoke Credit Union is offering two bursary opportunities to help fund the future of Revelstoke Secondary School students.

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Revelstoke Credit Union is pleased to announce that two bursary opportunities are currently open for application by Revelstoke Secondary School students.

RCU’s very own annual bursary competition, the Fred Olynyk Bursary, has opened, with submissions due before March 10, 2023. The Award of $3,000 is dispersed over the student’s tenure and can be deferred for up to two years.

The award winner must complete a 250-word essay on a topic selected by RCU’s board of directors and executive team. This year the topic asks students to explore how growing up in Revelstoke has prepared them for the next phase of their lives. RCU is also proud to participate in the Credit Unions of BC Bursary Program, established to help B.C. students reach their post-secondary education goals. Students can submit their bursary applications until February 15 and get help funding their future.

Details, deadlines, and application links for these awards can be found at:

Why is RCU’s bursary called the Fred Olynyk Bursary? This award was established to honour Fred Olynyk, a long-time resident of Revelstoke who served as an RCU director for over 28 years. Fred worked in the forestry industry, was an ardent vegetable gardener and was a sports enthusiast with a passion for community. Fred’s grandson, Kelly Olynyk, played professional basketball for the Boston Celtics and several other teams.

Fred’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 accommodate the Credit Union suitably. He was elected to the Okanagan Regional Executive of the BC Central Credit Union in 1972 and became Vice Chair in 1975. His involvement with the Revelstoke Credit Union was commendable. He lived until the age of 92 years.

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