Unions help working families fulfill their dreams in many different ways, at SEIU this includes yearly scholarship opportunities. Through different scholarships programs, SEIU Awards over 50 scholarships that enable SEIU members and their children from all across North America to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labour study programs and technical schools.

SEIU Local 1 Canada Scholarship Opportunities

Shelly Martel Scholarship

Shelly Martel is a former member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario she represented the riding of Sudbury East and Nickel Belt up until 2007.  Martel, who comes from a well-known NDP family in Sudbury area served as an opposition MPP and cabinet minister in to 1990s for her riding worked diligently on behalf of working people for five consecutive elections.

Albert G. Hearn Scholarship

Albert Hearn served as President of the former SEIU Local 204 for 30 years.  He was instrumental in building many of the current Ontario labour laws concerning health care workers and fought for and won a decent living wage for the many workers in the health and service industries.  Under his leadership between 1950 through 1980 the SEIU grew from 1000 to 60,000 members in Canada making it one of the largest labour affiliates in Canada.

Ted Roscoe Memorial Scholarship

Ted Roscoe began as a licensed electrician at McMaster University and subsequently became President of SEIU Local 532 for over 10 years where he then went on to become SEIU Local 204 President for a further 18 years.  During that time Ted Roscoe was instrumental in the formation of the Nursing Homes and Related Industries Pension Plan, which to date has over 35,000 SEIU member participants entitled to a decent pension income as a result.

Leading the Way Scholarship

Click here to apply online for any of the above four scholarships.

Eligibility Criteria:

These scholarships are open to high school seniors and members who have not completed more than one year of study at an accredited university or college as of August 2016. All applicants must be members, or children of members in good standing of Local 1 Canada for three continuous years as of December 31, 2015. Each Scholarship is $1800 at $600 per year of study.
Officers or employees of SEIU Healthcare or their children are not eligible. Final application deadline is MAY 20 2016.


SEIU International Scholarship Program Opportunities

SEIU’s Lottery Scholarship

There are 15 - $1,000 scholarships available in annual installments for up to four years.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must graduate from a high school or GED program by August 2016. They must be enrolled as a full-time student by the fall semester of 2016 at an accredited, two-year or four-year college, university, trade or technical school.

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$1,500 Lottery Scholarship

(Non-renewable) There are 33 - $1500 scholarships, these are non-renewable, one-time awards. Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be returning full-time to an accredited college or university as a sophomore, junior or senior as of the fall semester of 2016; or attending an accredited community college, trade or technical school as of the fall semester of 2015. Lottery scholarships are not awarded to this same person in two consecutive years.

Selection Process: Selection for both the Lottery Scholarships is by a drawing of qualifying applicants. All applicants must read the 2012 SEIU Four Year Report and correctly answer all the questions on the SEIU Lottery Scholarship quiz and application to qualify for the drawing.

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Moe Foner Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts

SEIU International is proud to offer a scholarship that continues the life work of the late Moe Foner, the founder of the SEIU 1199 Bread and Roses Cultural Project. Foner used his energy and imagination to tap into New York’s thriving artistic community and brought new resonance to union concerts, exhibits and publications. This is a one-time $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the Moe Foner Scholarship must be pursuing a degree or training full-time in the visual or performing arts. Scholarship funding must be applied to tuition at a two-year or four-year college, university, or an accredited community college, technical or trade school in an arts-related field.

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Nora Piore Scholarship

This Scholarship is in honour of the late Nora Piore. Born in 1921, Piore was a public healthcare pioneer whose career spanned more than 60 years. Nora Piore worked as a union organizer, labour educator, college professor, healthcare economist and healthcare activist who changed the face of public health in the United States. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment by the family of Nora Piore. It is for $4000 and is renewable for up to two years.

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SEIU JJ Johnson Scholarship

One $5000 scholarship renewable for up to four years is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of JJ Johnson, former local union president of SEIU Local 617 in New Jersey and one of the founding members of SEIU’s African American Caucus, AFRAM. It can be renewed annually for a maximum of four years.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the JJ Johnson Scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to social and economic justice and agree to participate in some paid or course credit internship or work experience in social change during the four years they receive the scholarship. Scholarship funding must be applied toward tuition at a two-year or four-year accredited college, university or community college.

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