Westray Post-Secondary Scholarship

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In memory of the 26 workers killed in the Westray mine explosion in 1992, the United Steelworkers will be awarding one (1) $2,500.00 CAD scholarship to a high school student in the Stellarton (Pictou County), N.S., area who is completing high school and pursuing post-secondary education in fall 2021. 

This scholarship was introduced in 2017 to honour the 25th anniversary of Westray. 


1)  Each applicant must complete the attached application form.

2)  Applicants must also submit three additional documents:

  1. Proof of acceptance to an approved institution of higher education, such as college, university, technological institute, nursing school, etc.
  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or principal.
  3. An essay or video uploaded to YouTube. Applicants may choose between two themes:

Essays must be between 750-1000 words in French or English and typed. 

Videos must be three-to-five-minutes in length and uploaded to YouTube. 


Essays or YouTube video links, along with the completed application form and letter of recommendation, may be sent to westray_scholarship@usw.ca

Submissions must be emailed no later than June 30, 2021. Please include “Westray Scholarship 2021” in your subject line. The winner will be notified by August 15, 2021. We reserve the right to publish the winning essay or video in United Steelworkers publications or websites. No materials submitted will be returned. 


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)  The awarding of scholarships will be based on:

a. The quality of the recommendation by a teacher or principal;

b. Creativity, style, content, and the quality of the ideas discussed in the essay or video; and

c. Proof of acceptance to an institution of higher education.

3)  The winning applicant will be asked to provide proof of enrolment before a scholarship cheque is issued. 

For further information, and to access the scholarship application form – DOWNLOAD THE PDF

For any questions please email us at: westray_scholarship@usw.ca.

Past Winners of the Westray Post-Secondary Scholarship

Kailee Heath
Trenton, NS