2022 WHSC Annual Student Scholarship Contest

Workers Health and Safety Centre
July 14, 2022

All connected with the Workers Health & Safety Centre are committed to education – education in the workplace and beyond. To this end the WHSC has long offered student scholarships for post-secondary education.

Funds for these scholarships are raised from The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser in honour of our late founder and first WHSC President.

This annual scholarship contest aims to raise health and safety awareness among graduating Ontario high school students who are headed for post-secondary education—a segment of the workforce who face excessive and significant occupational hazards leading to work-related injuries and deaths.

Student applicants are asked to write an essay on an occupational health and safety topic, submit a profile outlining their contributions to their school and/or community, as well as a letter of endorsement from an educator or community leader. Students who best demonstrate an understanding in their essay submissions, along with consideration of school and community activism, will be awarded much-needed funds for post-secondary education.

The two top submissions each receive $2,000. One to honour the late Clifford Pilkey, WHSC’s founder and a second to honour social justice champion, Fred Upshaw. Up to three additional entries may be selected to receive $1,000 each.

How to Apply

  • Any full-time high school student residing in Ontario and beginning, in Fall 2022, their first year in full-time or part-time studies leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any publicly funded Ontario college or university.
  • (Applications from students having graduated prior to summer 2021 will not be accepted.)
  • Each applicant must write an essay addressing the topic outlined below.
    • Topic: A crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted workers, their families, and communities. Explain how it has affected you and yours, the lessons you learned and how you will draw on these lessons to contribute to safer, healthier work and communities in future.
    • Rules
      • Essays must be a minimum of 600 words and a maximum of 1,000 words.
      • All pages must be numbered.
      • Place correct word count at the end of the document.
      • The document must be word processed in a 12-point font and double-spaced.
      • Do not place your name on any page of the essay.
      • Essays must include a bibliography.
      • Essays as submitted will be final — no revisions.
  • Each applicant must also submit a completed application form**, a description of co-curricular activities, and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, school administrator or representativeof a recognized community organization.
  • All submissions must not violate privacy or copyright laws.
  • Only one submission per applicant.
  • Each submission must include the following electronic documents. And all should be sent to the attention of Sandy Warden, email: swarden@whsc.on.ca in one email:
    • Essay in Word format;
    • Application form in PDF format;
    • Description of co-curricular activities in Word or PDF format; and
    • Letter of recommendation in Word or PDF format.
  • Please add WHSC Student Scholarship to the subject line of the e-mail.
  • Entries not meeting submission requirements will be disqualified.
  • Essay submissions will be judged on knowledge of subject matter, understanding of the WHSC vision, understanding of the role the WHSC plays in supporting all workplace parties and the general public in the pursuit of safer and healthier work environments, originality of ideas, development of point of view, insight, clarity of expression, accuracy of information, organization and execution.
  • Scholarship recipients will be chosen based on a weighted average of the essay submission and their co-curricular contributions to their school and larger community. The essay will count for three-quarters (3/4) of the total weight and co-curricular contributions will count for onequarter (1/4) of the total weight.
  • Successful applicants will be announced in Fall 2022. Each successful applicant must submit verification of enrolment from the institution’s office of the registrar. Each applicant can only qualify for one scholarship award.
  • All essays submitted become the property of the WHSC. Successful entries may be published by the WHSC and may be shared widely through our community partners, government agencies and media.
  • WHSC reserves the right to limit the number of awards should suitable submissions not exist.
  • WHSC is not responsible for entries which are lost, incomplete, damaged or destroyed.