NUPGE scholarships deadline extended until August 12, 2022

People have until the end of the day on Friday August 12, 2022 to apply.

Ottawa (27 June 2022) - Each year, the 400,000 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 in 2022.

In addition, the newly added Young Worker Scholarship for those under 30 will award 2 scholarships of $2,500 each to members or children/grandchildren, or foster children/grandchildren of a National Union member or retiree and who are attending or planning to attend a public, post-secondary institution in 2022. 

All scholarships awarded will be based on the best 750–1,000 word essay as listed below. Essays will be marked on the basis of content and style. The deadline for applications and essays is Friday August 12, 2022 and the 9 scholarships may have additional requirements, as noted below.

Entrants may apply to any or all scholarships that they are eligible for but only one award may be received.  Due to the eligibility rules for the Young Worker Scholarships, applicants may apply in subsequent years, providing they have not previously won this scholarship, they are still in school, and are under the age of 31.  

All scholarships come with an award of $2,500 and there are a total of 9 annual scholarships as follows: 

•    Brian Fudge Memorial Scholarship
•    Scholarship for Black Students
•    Scholarship for Indigenous Students
•    Scholarship for 2SLGBTQIA+ Students
•    Scholarship for Students of Colour
•    Terry Fox Memorial Scholarship
•    Tommy Douglas Scholarship
•    Young Worker Scholarships (2 to be awarded)


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 400,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good.

While our Components are located from coast to coast, the office of the National Union of Public and General Employees is situated on the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinaabeg people and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

We recognize and acknowledge the crimes that have been committed and the harm that has been done.

And, we dedicate ourselves, as a union, to moving forward in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in a spirit of reconciliation and striving for justice. — NUPGE