United Steelworkers Post Secondary Scholarships

United Steelworkers
June 30, 2024

Every year, the United Steelworkers union awards 22 scholarships of $1,500 each to qualified students across Canada, as follows:

  • District 3: 5 scholarships (Western Provinces, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut)
  • District 5: 6 scholarships (Quebec)
  • District 6: 2 scholarships (Atlantic Provinces)
  • District 6: 6 scholarships (Ontario)
  • National Locals: 3 scholarships (Local Unions 1944, 1976 and 2004)

These scholarships are intended to support Steelworkers members who spend many years saving so that they or their children can pursue post-secondary education.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants must:

  • be a member of the United Steelworkers, or the child* of a member in good standing *(children include biological or birth children, children by adoption and children by other, equivalent relationship),
  • be 25 years of age or younger, and
  • be enrolled in post-secondary education in 2023.

Applicants may be entering any year of study and may be returning to their studies after a break. USW Post-Secondary Scholarships cannot be awarded to the same applicant more than twice.

1)    Complete the application form:


2)    Submit either a 3-minute video or a 250-word written statement, in either French or English, on one of the following topics. Videos should be posted on YouTube and the video URL included in the application form. Written statements should be in Word or PDF format and uploaded to the online application form, sent as an email attachment or printed and mailed. Topics are:

  • How has your life been impacted by you and/or your family member being in a union?
  • In your community, what have you seen the USW do to address problems that affect everyone, not only Steelworkers?
  • Describe a paid job you have had. How did the union make work safer and fairer for all? Or, if there was no union, what could it have done?
  • Talk to a family member who is unionized. What are two things they appreciate about their union?

Scholarships will be awarded based on the quality of the ideas discussed in the video or written statement, as determined by an unbiased reviewer.

Winning applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrolment in an institution of higher education before an award cheque is issued.