Post Secondary School Scholarship – Deadline Extended to July 17

Especially during the pandemic, we have the education of Steelworkers families at heart!

Because we know that education is at the heart of success and obtaining good jobs, every year, the United Steelworkers distribute 21 scholarships of $1,000 each to qualified secondary students across Canada. These scholarships are intended to support Steelworkers members who spend many years saving to allow their children to pursue post-secondary education.

The scholarships shall be awarded to members of the United Steelworkers in good standing, or their children, who are completing high school and starting post-secondary studies this year.
 

Eligibility:

  1. The scholarships shall be awarded to members of the United Steelworkers in good standing, or their children, who are completing high school and starting post-secondary studies this year. “Children” include biological or birth children, children by adoption, and children by other, equivalent relationship.

  2. Applicants who have previously won a USW Post-Secondary Scholarship are NOT eligible to win again.

  3. Applicants who have already begun their post-secondary studies are NOT eligible for this award.

To apply:

  1. Each applicant must complete the application form (Quebec residents, please use this form). You can also use the online form below to apply.

  2.  For 2020 only: With the application form, applicants must submit an original essay, typed and double-spaced on 8.5" x 11" paper, in either French or English, of approximately 1,000 words dealing with one of the following topics:

    • What is the “union advantage”? Your essay should examine what difference being a member of a union can make. You might want to interview your parent or guardian about the role of the Steelworkers in their workplace, and what differences the union has made in their lives. What areas or issues could the union better address to organize and engage young workers in the workplaces of today? What advice would you give to the Steelworkers leadership about how to respond to efforts to make it more difficult to organize unions?
    • Is there a role for unions today? Your essay should examine what role unions play in today’s society, and what kind of difference being a member of a union can make. You might want to interview your parent or guardian about the history of the Steelworkers in their workplace, and what differences the union has made in their lives. What areas or issues could the union better address in the workplaces of today? How can the union build the support of members and their families?
    • Your vote is your say: If democracy is so important to us, why aren’t more people voting in elections? Discuss in your essay why politics and participation in political action is important to our democratic society. What do you think Steelworkers and others can do to help encourage young people to become politically active? What could the union do differently or better?

    Your essay must demonstrate an understanding of the United Steelworkers and of the labour movement or of social justice movements in general. Please do not include identifying information in your essay.

  3. For 2020 only: Applicants are also asked to submit proof of enrollment to an approved institution of higher education and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal. These two documents may be submitted with the application form and essay, or later, as they become available.
The application form and essay must be received by end of day July 17, 2020.
 

Choosing winning applications:

  1. All personal identification will be removed from essay submissions and then essays will be reviewed by a qualified judge. (Please note that any evidence of plagiarism will result in disqualification. Proper citation and accreditation is expected.)

  2. Scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the ideas discussed in the essay.

  3. Winning applicants will be asked to provide the letter of recommendation and proof of enrolment in an institution of higher education before an award cheque is issued. 

Download the application form

Application form for Quebec residents

 

2019 USW Post-Secondary Scholarships Winners

National

District 3

District 5

District 6

Christopher-Kendrick Balan
St-Hubert, QC
Parent: Hans-Woosly Balan
USW Local 1944

Morgan Dobi
Kimberley, BC
USW Member
USW Local 1-405

Nadeige Desmarquis
Dolbeau-Mistassini, QC
Parent: Jean Desmarquis
USW Local 9996

Jordyn Wright
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
Parent: Cathy Wright
USW Local 8300

Éloi Desjardins
Montreal, QC
Parent: Jocelyn Desjardins
USW Local 2004

Alexandra Vander Maaten
Okotoks, AB
Parent: Jeremy Vander Maaten
USW Local 7884

Coralie Bilodeau
Hébertville, QC
Parent: Jarold Bilodeau
USW Local 9490

Jordan Lalonde
Falconbridge, ON
Parent: Jeff Lalonde
USW Local 6500

 

Ashley Enefer
Coleman, AB
Parent: Michael Enefer
USW Local 7884

Louis Doucet
Trois-Rivières, QC
Parent: Martin Doucet
USW Local 9700

Alyson Chassé
Thunder Bay, ON
Parent: J. Bernard Chassé
USW Local 2020 (formerly 5294)

  Alyson Aantjes
New Westminster, BC
Parent: Marty Aantjes
USW Local 2009
Mya Corriveau
Beauharnois, QC
Parent: Stéphane Corriveau
USW Local 6486
Alexandra Kidman
Toronto, ON
Parent: Steven Kidman
USW Local 771
  Owen Lunny
Richmond, BC
Parent: Scott Lunny
USW Local 1-1937
Noémie Bernier
Fermont, QC
Parent: Hélène Sénéchal, Dany Bernier
USW Local 5778

Paxton Lesperance
Windsor, ON
Parent: Mike (Milo) Lori
USW Local 9597

    Edouard Joly
Contrecoeur, QC
Parent: Bruno Joly
USW Local 8897
Brookelyn Ferguson
Cobourg, ON
Parent: Robert Ferguson
USW Local 13173
     

Emma Fortunato
Truro, NS
Parent: Mario Fortunato
USW Local 1-306

     

Keirsten Martin
Clarenville, NL
Parent: Rex Martin
USW Local 9316