Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Award

The torso of a person sitting at a table painting. Their hands are covered in many colours of pain and they are holding a pen.Apartment stacked floor-to-ceiling with old mystery novels? Can’t put those knitting needles down? Recruited everyone you know to join you at polka night?

Tell us what puts a smile on your face, gets your heart racing, or seems to work its way into every conversation you have—you could be eligible for $1,000 to 2,600 in funding to pursue your passion and pay it forward in your community.

A gift from UBC alumna and donor Sharron Simpson to UBC’s Okanagan campus has created the Sharron Simpson Family Community Impact Awards program. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,600 and enable students to follow their dreams by pursuit of a passion, encouraging and enhancing real world learning experiences, contributing to a sense of enjoyment and fun in the pursuit of education, and giving students an opportunity to make an impact to both the campus and external community.


  • Awards are available to students at UBC’s Okanagan campus in any year of study
  • For initiatives taking place over the summer terms, the applicant must be a returning student in the fall
  • Supports students in pursuing a passion
  • Promotes student leadership
  • Provides funding to support student-led initiatives that give back to the community
  • Enhances extracurricular learning
  • Awards may not fund academic initiatives
  • Awards may not fund student salaries or for-profit initiatives


Awards will be adjudicated by a committee of UBC staff from the Student Experience Office and AVP Students.


Send an email to to express your interest in applying for this award. Our Get Involved leaders are here to help you throughout the application process, so don’t worry if you don’t have all the details figured out yet.

One of our Get Involved leaders will contact you to discuss your idea and explore how your passion can make a positive impact in the community.

Applications open Sept. 30 until Nov. 14, 2022.



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