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Available Scholarships from OPSEU (Head Office)

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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 studying 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.

To receive the scholarship, the student must be confirmed as enrolled in either a Police Foundations Course or a Law and Security/Corrections course.

Click here for Larry Cripps Scholarship 2015 application form

Application Deadline for the Larry Cripps Scholarship: June 15, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

OPSEU Global Solidarity Scholarships

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union offers ten scholarships annually to support our goals of social justice and global solidarity for the working class.

Our fund offers children, foster children or wards of OPSEU members in good standing an opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship towards post-secondary education in a publicly-funded, recognized Canadian university or college.

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. 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.

Click here for Global Solidarity Scholarship 2015 application form

Application Deadline for the Global Solidarity Scholarship: June 15, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Curt Bishop Scholarship Fund

Annually OPSEU offers a 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.

Click here for Curt Bishop Scholarship 2015 application form

Application Deadline for the Curt Bishop Scholarship: July 31, 2015. 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 enrolled in a publicly-funded, recognized 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.

To receive the scholarship, the student must be confirmed as enrolled in a Hospital Professional program.

Click here for HPD Scholarship 2015 application form

Application Deadline for the HPD Scholarship: September 1, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Essays and personal summaries are reviewed and marked by an adjudicator appointed by the Hospital Professionals Division of OPSEU. Essays will not be returned to the applicants.

Successful applicants will be asked to provide confirmation of university or college enrollment before the scholarship will be issued.

All selections are final. Scholarships are one-time only and will not be awarded more than once to the same applicant.

An appointed OPSEU representative will, to the extent possible, follow-up with the award winners and the school they are enrolled in at the time the award is issued to offer congratulations and ensure that the scholarship is recognized as part of the student’s record of achievement.

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.

The recipient must have a visible or invisible disability and be pursuing post-secondary education at a publicly-funded 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.

Click here for Carol McGregor Scholarship 2015 application form

Application Deadline for the Carol McGregor Scholarship: September 15, 2015. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Essays and personal summaries are reviewed and marked by an independent adjudicator. Essays will not be returned to the applicants.

The Carol McGregor Scholarship Fund is issued by November 30, 2013. The successful applicant will be asked to provide confirmation of university or college enrollment before the scholarship will be issued.

All selections are final. Scholarships are one-time only and will not be awarded more than once to the same applicant.

Nupge Scholarship Program

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The National Union’s scholarship program for 2015

Four awards of $1,500 given each year to children of NUPGE members (please note OPSEU is a member of NUPGE)

Each year, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers four scholarships that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for all workers. They are open to the children, grandchildren or foster children of the National Union’s 340,000 members who are starting a post-secondary education. Some scholarships may have additional requirements, as noted below.

The Tommy Douglas Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2015 – 2016 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: How Tommy Douglas contributed to making Canada a more just and equitable society.

Deadline: July 6, 2015
The Tommy Douglas Scholarship pdf
Tommy Douglas application form pdf

The Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship for $1,500 is open to all students with disabilities who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2015 – 2016 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a member of NUPGE.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities.

Deadline: July 6, 2015
The Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship pdf
Terry Fox application form pdf

The Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians for $1,500 is open to all Aboriginal Canadian students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education institution full-time in 2015 – 2016 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a NUPGE member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of Aboriginal Canadians.

Deadline: July 6, 2015
The Scholarship for Aboriginal Canadians pdf
Aboriginal Canadians application form pdf

The Scholarship for Visible Minorities for $1,500 is open to all visible minority students who plan to enter the first year of a Canadian public post-secondary education full-time in 2015 – 2016 and who are the children, grandchildren or foster children of a National Union of Public and General Employees member.

It will be awarded for the best 750 – 1,000 word essay on: The importance of quality public services in enhancing the quality of life of visible minorities.

Deadline: July 6, 2015
The Scholarship for Visible Minorities pdf
Visible minorities application form pdf

More information:
General information – NUPGE scholarships pdf
• For further information please phone (613) 228-9800 /  or e mail scholarship@nupge.ca (link sends e-mail)