Our Stober Scholars program was established in order to highlight and track the various cohorts of students and research labs who have been directly and indirectly supported by our educational philanthropy (capital projects, research programs, scholarships, bursaries, funding, etc.) across multiple academic institutions. 

We hope it serves as a platform not only to highlight the incredibly hardworking students and programs we support, but also as an opportunity for us to promote the work these scholars are doing and to document their transition through their respective academic programs, and ultimately their careers. What a blessing it is to work with such amazing humans.

The Stober Foundation works with various secondary and post secondary institutions in order to facilitate academic pursuits, continuing education, and world class research paradigms. In recent years we have partnered and significantly supported capital projects with:

> University of British Columbia (UBC)

Okanagan College

> Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

Trinity Western University

Meet the Scholars: Okanagan College Trades 2023

Sometimes all it takes is a helping hand to change someone’s life!

Education has the power to transform lives, but financial hurdles can stand in the way of people achieving their educational dreams. That’s why students awards are vital—they make education more accessible and open doors to new worlds of opportunity!

We’re proud to partner with Okanagan College Foundation to offer the Stober Family Foundation Trades Awards! These awards give OC Trades students the support they need to thrive and empower them to go on and fill vital roles in the skilled trades.

Recently, our Executive Director Keith had the opportunity to present Okanagan College Foundation’s Trades Completion Awards where he got to met our impressive 2023 recipients! It was an honour to meet such a dedicated, hardworking, and determined group of people. We know they’ll go on to make important contributions to the community!


UBC Giving Day: 2023

An unexpected gift of more than $75,000 helped boost UBC Okanagan’s third Giving Day to unimaginable heights. “We had an incredible 24-hours of giving at our campus yesterday and it resulted in more than $200,000 raised to support a range of student causes from athletics to affordability,” says UBCO Principal and Deputy-Vice-Chancellor Lesley Cormack. “Thanks to the support of one of Kelowna’s premier philanthropic organizations, the Stober Foundation, our campus reached the highest fundraising total recorded for Giving Day. We are truly amazed by the community support.”


$1M gift from Stober Foundation to support UBCO students and public health

The donation will create needs-based and merit-based scholarships and will immediately provide critical funding for student support. In addition, a $500,000 Stober Fellows Program will be formed within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences to help recruit the next generation of health scientists. The fellowships will support an unprecedented number of students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels.


Stober family donates $500,000 to Okanagan College’s new Health Sciences Centre

“Now more than ever, we recognize the critical role of front-line health care professionals,” said Keith Brewster, Stober Foundation’s executive director. 

The college says the donation will specifically support the completion of the centre’s Health Lab, where nurses and health-care assistants will be trained. It will also establish scholarships and bursaries, enabling students to complete their studies at a time when many are facing even greater financial uncertainty.


UBC Stober Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs)

SURFs have been established as a catalyst for excellence in health-related research and undergraduate student training within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences. The novel program provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue unique research opportunities within the School of Health and Exercise Sciences.


Keith Goes to Campus: Part 1

In the inaugural episode of Keith Goes to Campus, Keith visits the Health and Exercise Science Department at the University of British Columbia Okanagan to check in on some upcoming research we have been able to support, meet one of our incredible scholarship recipients, and finds out that he is old and out of shape. 


The Next Generation of Family Philanthropy

The Stober Foundation was created to help those in need. We are tremendously blessed to be in the fortunate position to help others, and we are looking to provide support and opportunities for change through our strategic philanthropic partnerships. In doing so, we aim to partner with progressive, game-changing charities with a proven track record and the ability to maximize opportunities and better outcomes, ultimately improving the lives of many through their success. We are here to steward with grace, effectively, and with great impact.

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