The Agriculture Union, and the labour bodies to which we are affiliated, offer a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our members or their dependants.
AGRICULTURE UNION ROP BURSARY
Our Union established this bursary in recognition of the former Record of Performance Inspectors (Dairy Program) who were members of the now defunct locals 13 and 25, and whose jobs were lost to the private sector through government privatization. The Federal ROP Dairy Program in Ontario was taken over by the Ontario Dairy Herd Improvement Corporation on June 25, 1985, and privatization of the ROP Program was completed across the country within several years. In recognition of these former Agriculture Union ROP members, the 1990 Agriculture Union Convention in Calgary decided to establish an annual bursary. Dependents of Agriculture Union members, or members themselves, may apply for this $1,000 annual bursary which must be applied to an agriculture course from a recognized institution. (Proof of enrolment is required). Completed applications must be received in the Agriculture Union National Office by June 30 of each year.
Our bargaining agent, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, offers 17 annual scholarships. Fourteen of these are scholarships for dependant children of PSAC members and three others are for PSAC members who are returning to university, college or a recognized institute of higher learning on a full-time basis. PSAC members must be in good standing as of March 31st of the year in which an application is made, and the deadline for receipt of all scholarship applications is June 30 of a given calendar year.
LABOUR COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Labour College is unique in considering itself ‘a college for workers’. Since 1963, it has educated union activists who seek to enhance their leadership capacities. The College currently offers a four-week intensive program of post-secondary learning, combining in-residence sessions with correspondence studies. While the program is costly, most participants apply for scholarships from either the College or their own union. Applicants must show by personal experience their commitment to building a strengthened labour and broader social justice movement. Participants in turn gain a better understanding of the forces that shape their lives, develop research capabilities and learn strategic planning skills.
PROVINCIAL/TERRITORIAL FEDERATIONS OF LABOUR SCHOLARSHIPS
The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) charters Federations of Labour in each province and territory across the country to represent the interests of union members at that level of government. Some of these Federations may offer scholarships and bursaries to union members or their dependents in that jurisdiction.