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NEW OPSEU CAAT - Support Staff Scholarship Fund

OPSEU Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) Support Staff workers are pleased to announce the “OPSEU CAAT Support Staff Scholarship.” This is an annual scholarship given to a full-time student in one of the 24 Colleges of Applied Arts & Technology. 

Who can apply:

In this debut year, we will offer four (4) x $1,000 scholarships. The scholarship is open to all students enrolled full-time at any of the 24 recognized public Ontario colleges. 

Eligibility:  All applicants must be residents of Ontario and registered in one of the following  Ontario Colleges: Fanshawe, Lambton, St.Clair, Niagara, Conestoga, Mohawk, Sheridan, Durham, Fleming, Georgian, Algonquin, St.Lawrence, Loyalist, La Cite, George Brown, Seneca, Centennial, Humber, Boreal, Cambrian, Sault, Canadore, Northern, Confederation. 

How to apply:

The CAAT Support Divisional Executive has chosen the topic of “Precarious Work” for this year’s scholarship theme. The awards will go to four submissions that best addresses the topic of risks and remedies associated with precarious work. 

Applications can be in any of the following forms:

  • Poem
  • Song
  • 500-word written essay
  • Video (2 minutes in length)

PDF iconClick here to download application. Application Deadline for OPSEU CAAT - Support Staff Scholarship Fund is January 31, 2016.

Submit application to:
Marilou Martin, Chair OPSEU CAAT Support Divisional Executive
100 Lesmill Road Toronto ON M3B 3P8 or by email to opseucaatsscholarships2016@gmail.com

The Larry Cripps Scholarship Fund

The OPSEU Executive Board unanimously approved an annual bursary/scholarship of $1,000 to be awarded in the memory of Brother Larry Cripps, a Correctional Officer and longtime union activist who died in 2004.

Who can apply:

The scholarship is open to dependents of OPSEU members in good standing who are confirmed as enrolled in either a Police Foundations course or a Law and Security/Corrections course at a publicly-funded, publicly-run post-secondary institution in Ontario.  Please submit your relationship to an OPSEU member and the number of his/her Local on your application form.

How to apply:

The following items must be submitted with your application and received by OPSEU by email or mail on or before the application deadline (see application form for mailing and email addresses):

  • The application form, completed fully
  • Personal statement about why you have chosen to study corrections, and what your future goals are as a result of your studies
  • 2000 (max) word essay responding to both of the following questions:

    What are the major issues facing correctional workers in the Ontario correctional system today, and how does their union, OPSEU, help workers deal with these issues? What are the strengths of a publicly-funded, publicly-run, correctional services system for Ontario?

PDF iconClick here to download application Application Deadline for the Larry Cripps Scholarship: June 15, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

OPSEU Global Solidarity Scholarships

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union offers ten scholarships annually of $1,000 each to support our goals of social justice and global solidarity.

OPSEU has made the fight against HIV/AIDS a top priority in our work towards a healthier international community by adopting the Live and Let Live Fund as part of our responsibility as a trade union.

HIV/AIDS activism and international worker solidarity across borders are the foundation of the OPSEU scholarships. We will ask our applicants to tell us about them in essay format, along with a summary of their personal involvement in helping to build our communities.

Who can apply:

Applicants must be children, foster children or wards of OPSEU members in good standing who are studying at a publicly-funded, publicly-run Canadian university or college. Please submit your relationship to an OPSEU member and the number of his/her Local on your application form.

At least five of the 10 scholarships will be awarded to students who identify as representing equity-seeking groups: racialized workers, Aboriginal workers, workers with disabilities; LGBTTIQQ2S (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexed, queer, questioning, and two-spirited) workers, francophone workers and women workers.  Applicants should acknowledge their eligibility for this equity qualification on their application form, if applicable.

How to apply:

The following items must be submitted with your application, and received by OPSEU by email or mail on or before the application deadline date (see application form for email and mailing addresses):

  • The application form, completed fully
  • 1,500 word essay responding to one of the following questions:

    1. Why is HIV/AIDS an issue for all people and how can you contribute to making a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS?

    2. Why is worker solidarity across borders so important?
  • Summary of your recent community, union, or other volunteer work, which helps to build healthy communities in Ontario

PDF iconClick here to download application Application Deadline for the Global Solidarity Scholarship: June 15, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Curt Bishop Scholarship Fund

OPSEU offers an annual scholarship up to $1,000, in part or whole, in the memory of Curt Bishop, a long-time union health and safety activist who passed away on June 30, 2008.

As a member of the Corrections division, Local 678 (Algoma Treatment and Remand Centre), Curt understood that improvements in workplace health and safety come only through worker action and effort.  For more than two decades, Curt dedicated himself at both the local and provincial levels to the struggles of OPSEU members to achieve safer and healthier workplaces.

Who can apply:

Open to dependents of OPSEU members in good standing who are studying at a publicly-funded, publicly-run post-secondary institution in Ontario.

How to apply:

The following items must be submitted with your application, and received by OPSEU by email or mail on or before the application deadline date (see application form for email and mailing addresses):

  • Application form, completed fully
  • 1,500 word essay responding to the following question:

    Why is worker activism and union involvement important to make meaningful health and safety improvements in a workplace?
  • Summary of your recent community, union, or other volunteer work, which helps to build awareness of workplace, community, or environmental health and safety

Application Deadline for the Curt Bishop Scholarship: July 29, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

HPD Scholarship Fund

The Hospital Professionals Division offers seven scholarships (one per region) of $750 each annually to students who are entering professions within the HPD. (For more information about the HPD, and a list of professions included, click here.)

Who can apply:

The scholarship is open to OPSEU members or their dependents who are confirmed as enrolled in a Hospital Professionals program at a publicly-funded, publicly-run Canadian university or college.  If you are a dependent of an OPSEU member, please submit the member’s name, your relationship him or her, and the number of his or her Local on your application form.

How to apply:

The following items must be submitted with your application, and received by OPSEU by email or mail on or before the application deadline date (see application form for email and mailing addresses):

  • Application form, completed fully
  • Personal statement about why you have chosen a hospital profession, and what your future goals are.
  • 1,500 (max) word essay responding to both of the following questions:

    What are the major issues facing Hospital Professionals today, and how does OPSEU help workers deal with these issues? In your opinion, what are the strengths of a publicly-funded health care system?

PDF iconClick here to download application Application Deadline for the HPD Scholarship: September 1, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

The Carol McGregor Scholarship

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union offers an annual scholarship of $1,500 in the memory of Carol McGregor, a longtime union activist on disability rights issues, who died in 2006.

Who can apply:

This scholarship is open to children of OPSEU members in good standing who have a visible or invisible disability and are pursuing post-secondary education at a university, community college or trades program. Extra consideration will be given to students who have participated in a collective action or community organizing on disability or human rights issues.

How to apply:

The following items must be submitted with your application, and received by OPSEU by email or mail on or before the application deadline date (see application form for email and mailing addresses):

  • Application form, completed fully
  • Short essay (no more than 1,000 words) on a topic related to disability issues
  • A brief resume indicating your disability, accomplishments, field of study, and your relationship to an OPSEU member in good standing

PDF iconClick here to download application Application Deadline for the Carol McGregor Scholarship: September 15, 2016. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

External Scholarships

NUPGE Scholarship

Our national affiliate, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), offers scholarships for students who are children of OPSEU members. For further information, visit NUPGE Scholarship Program 2016.

Publication Date: 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 2:45pm