2013 OFL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarship | The Ontario Federation of Labour

2013 OFL Labour Post-Secondary Scholarship


The OFL is pleased to call for applications for its annual OFL’s Labour Post‐Secondary 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.

Scholarship Eligibility

Eligible scholarship recipients must be entering, in September 2013, 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 or college.

Scholarships are only available to candidates who have no prior post‐secondary studies.

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:

“What does equity mean to you and how will it impact today’s youth as they become the next generation of workers in Canada? Why should the labour movement take a strong stance in fighting for equity? What issues of inequality must be priorities for our society? Feel free to draw from your own experiences.”

The OFL is committed to social justice and equity and believes strongly that post‐secondary education provides important opportunities that should not be limited by tuition fees and student debt. We offer these scholarships to assist students in overcoming financial barriers in accessing a public college or university education.

We proudly encourage women, people of colour, Aboriginal people, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and those from other equity‐seeking backgrounds to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship Application Package

The deadline for receipt of applications is May 10, 2013.

The winners will be announced by June 28, 2013.

Download the full scholarship application package here.

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.

Please ensure that these scholarships are made known as widely as possible.