The Ontario Federation of Labour is pleased to call for applications for its annual Labour Honour Roll Scholarships.
The OFL will award two scholarships worth $2,000 each to a member or the child of a member of a local union affiliated to the OFL. The scholarships are awarded in honour of distinguished trade union activists selected by OFL Affiliates.
Eligible scholarship recipients must be entering, in September 2012, the first year of a full-time course of study (leading to a diploma or certificate) at a public Ontario community college or the first year of an undergraduate program (leading to a degree) at a publicly-funded Ontario university.
Scholarships are only available to candidates who have no prior post-secondary studies. Applicants must be either currently enrolled in secondary school or not more than 2 years out of secondary school.
The criteria for selection of the scholarship winners are the following:
1. A brief résumé outlining non-academic interests and activities, such as community or political involvement as well as goals for the future.
2. Evidence of understanding of the role and significance of the Canadian labour movement.
In order to satisfy point (2) above, applicants will be required to submit an essay of not more than 1,000 words. This year’s topic is:
How does the battle of the Occupy Movement against corporate greed relate to the values of the labour movement in Canada? In your opinion is Occupy the template for political action in the future?
The deadline for receipt of applications is May 4, 2012.
The winners will be announced by late June, 2012.
The OFL is very proud to contribute to the education and development of current trade unionists, as well as investing in the next generation of labour activists. While we fight together for post-secondary education that is accessible to all, we hope this financial assistance can provide support for our members and their children.