USW Indigenous Scholarships

We have the education of Indigenous Steelworkers and their families at heart!

Every year the United Steelworkers awards six scholarships of $1,500 each to qualified Indigenous USW members and their families who are pursuing post-secondary education.


USW Indigenous Post-Secondary Scholarships are open to active or retired members of the United Steelworkers, or their children, grandchildren, or immediate family members (including by birth, adoption or by other, equivalent relationship), who:

Priority will be given to applicants who live in remote regions and will attend school far from home in unfamiliar locations.

Applicants may be in any year of a program of studies. Scholarships will not be awarded for programs completed before the application deadline.

Successful applicants who win an award in one year may apply again in subsequent years.

Two scholarships will be awarded to applicants who live in each of these geographic areas:


To apply:

1)    Complete the application form.

2)    Submit either a 3-minute video or a 250-word written statement in either French or English on one of the topics below. Videos should be posted on YouTube and the video URL included in the application form. Written statements should be in Word or PDF format and uploaded to the online application form, sent as an email attachment or printed and mailed.

The video or written statement should be on ONE of the following three topics:

Please do not include identifying information in your video or written statement.

3)    The application form and video or written statement must be received by end of day June 30, 2022.

Choosing winning applications:

1)    Scholarships will be awarded based on the distance between home and the place of study, and on the quality of the ideas discussed in the video or written statement, as determined by an unbiased reviewer.

2)    Winning applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrolment in an institution of higher education before an award cheque is issued.