New Scholarship Launched to Honour Frontline Workers

The intention of the creation of these scholarships is to support the families of unionized members who spend many years saving funds necessary so that they or their children can have the opportunity to pursue a post-secondary education. Annually, the PRLC will offer 3 scholarships valued at $1,500 each to students from union families within the Peel Region who qualify.


Categories open for application are as follows:

  • 1 Indigenous Community Scholarship
  • 1 Racialized Community Scholarship
  • 1 General Youth Scholarship

Eligibility
Eligible applicants must:

  • be a member of a recognized union or the child* of a recognized union member in good standing
  • be 25 years of age or younger, and
  • be enrolled in a post-secondary educational institute in the upcoming school year

*(children include biological or birth children, children by adoption and children by other, equivalent relationship)

Criteria and rules:

  1. Scholarships will be awarded annually based on ideas discussed in the video submission, artistic rendition, or written statement, as determined by a review panel comprised of members in good standing from the Peel Regional Labour Council
  2. Winning applicants will be asked to provide proof of enrolment at an institution of higher education before the scholarship will be issued.
  3. Applicants may be entering any year of post-secondary study and may be returning to their studies after a break.
  4. The PRLC Post-Secondary Scholarships cannot be awarded to the same applicant more than twice.
    Unsuccessful applicants may re-apply for consideration in another qualifying year.
  5. Applications must be received by the PRLC President no later than the end of the business day on June 30th of the applicable year.
  6. Annual topics will be released by the PRLC and posted on the PRLC website by the end of February of the year of application

Application Process:
Applicants are asked to submit one of the following based on one of the predetermined topics for consideration;

  • 3-minute video
  • 250-word written statement
  • visual art piece

Submissions are to be made in either French or English, if applicable. Videos should be posted on YouTube and the video URL included in the application form. Written statements should be in Word or PDF format, sent as an email attachment or printed and/ or mailed to the PRLC office. Visual Art pieces can be mailed to the PRLC at address below or email attachments sent to the President at [email protected] – Physical Submissions are to be received by end of day June 30 to:Peel Regional Labour Council, 10 Gillingham Dive, suite 213, Brampton, Ont. L6X 5A5

Any submission received after the deadline will not be considered for the scholarship under any circumstances. Late submissions may be re-submitted in the following year.

2021 Topics Questions (choose one);

  1. In the first year of power, the Ford Government stripped 10 paid sick days from all Ontario workers. Examine how paid sick days could have served to mitigate the severe impact COVID-19 has had on workers in the workplace?
  2. For the past year, we have heard that essential and frontline workers are heroes but they are the group at greatest risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in the workplace. As a young worker, are you aware of your rights, and/or your employer’s responsibilities as they relate to Occupational Health and Safety in the workplace? If so, what are the benefits of knowing your rights? If not, what can be done to address this issue?
  3. Describe how your life has been positively impacted by your family’s involvement in a union.
  4. Reflect on what you feel are the main societal issues that unions should be advocating for at this time.
  5. Examine how the union movement can best work towards the elimination of discrimination in the workplace.

For more information contact:

Cheryl Craig
President PRLC
[email protected]
905-696-8882

This information is also available in PDF format here.