Financial Aid, Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries for post-secondary education and labour education

In the labour movement, we recognize the vital importance of education to a healthy
and prosperous workforce. However, we also know that post-secondary education is out of reach for many middle-class families due to increased tuition costs, the growing privatization of post-secondary
schools, and the fact that wages have not grown to meet the rising cost of tuition.

To help with the high cost of education, our unions, locals, and affiliated organizations
provide a wide range of scholarships for students connected to SGEU. In this directory, you will find post-secondary awards, scholarships, and bursaries valued at over $60,000. Union activists who want to pursue labour studies opportunities have access to funding valued over $20,000.


Community Services Sector Scholarships

Community Services Sector awards two $500 scholarships annually. These scholarships are open to all members of the SGEU Community Services Sector in good standing, their spouses or dependants. The applicant are chosen based on union and community activity. The applicant must be registered in either full-time or part-time attendance at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Note: The Community Services Sector may consider applications from other sectors should there be no qualifying candidate from the Community Services Sector.

Application deadline: August 15

Lynda Bliss Memorial Scholarship

Lynda Bliss was an active member in the Community Services Sector. In her memory, the Community Servies Sector created the Lynda Bliss Memorial Scholarship.

Anne Burkholder Memorial Scholarship

Anne Burkholder was very active in the Community Services Sector, serving on executive for several years prior to her passing. Helping others was her passion. In honour of Anne, the Community Services Sector awards $500 to a recipient whose educational goals prepare them for a career in which they better peoples' lives.

Apply for either scholarship


Crown Sector Scholarships

         2022 Winner - Seth Lendrum

         2022 Winner - Emily Herzberger and Tahir Zaman


Education Sector Financial Awards


Health Sector Scholarship

         2021 Winner - Patricia McChesney


Human Rights & Equity Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $500

Application deadline: August 31

To be eligible for the $500 scholarship, you must:

  • Be a member, spouse or dependent of one of the SGEU identified equity-seeking groups
  • Be enrolled in an educational institution

To apply for this application, you must:

  • Complete and submit the application form, a resume and 500 to 1000 word essay. The topic should be: "What is your opinion on immigration and what is the best way to include immigrants in the workplace?"
  • If you are the partner or dependent of an SGEU member, then an outline of the SGEU member's union invovmement must be included.
  • Provide a letter of acceptance by the educational institution.
  • Provide a copy of the SGEU membership card of the applicable member in good standing.
  • Submit your resume and essay in MS Word or PDF format.

Note: Late or incomplete applications will be rejected.

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Indigenous Scholarship

         2022 Winner - Bailey Boutilier


National Union (NUPGE) Scholarships

Each year, the 390,000 member National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) offers scholarships of $2,500 each that reflect its pursuit of equal opportunity for workers. Entrants must be the children/grandchildren or foster children/grandchildren of members or retirees of the National Union’s Component unions or its affiliates and who are planning to enter the 1st year of a Canadian public post-secondary educational institution on a full-time basis.


Occupational Health & Safety Scholarship

Scholarship amount: $500

Application deadline: August 15

To be eligbile for the $500 scholarship, you must:

  • Be a member in good standing of SGEU or be the spouse or dependent of a member in good standing of SGEU
  • Be enrolled in an accredited school

To apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Complete and send this application, along with a 500-600 word essay about one of the following topics: mental health (PTSD), violence in the workplace, duty to accomodate or young and new workers' safety. Plagiarism will result in disqualification from the scholarship.
  • Provide confirmation of enrollment in an accredited school and a copy of the SGEU membership card of the applicable member in good standing.
  • Submit your essay in MS Word or PDF format.

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Public Service Sector Scholarships

Local 1110 Winner

  • Jacob Woit (dependant of Connie Woit, Ministry of Corrections, Policing and Public Safety)

Local 1115 Winners

  • Abbey Sakal - $1500
  • Carly Landstad - $1000
  • Dekea Ryczak - $750
  • Andrew Ross - $500 

Retail & Regulatory Sector Scholarship