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CUPE scholarships

CUPE policy supports a truly public post-secondary education system - one with no economic barriers to education. Until that happens, CUPE locals, councils and divisions have set up scholarship/bursary programs for members and their children to help them attend a college or university.

Here is a list of them. If you know of one we’re missing or see one that’s no longer available, let us know. Be sure to include a URL or a website where interested people can find out how to apply.

Scholarships offered by divisions and district councils

CUPE BC: Aubrey Burton/Reg Ford Scholarships

Each year, CUPE BC awards scholarships to first year university or college students who are members, or children of members, who demonstrate academic excellence.

CUPE Alberta Scholarship

One scholarship of $1000.00 will be awarded each year to a CUPE Alberta member or a member of their immediate family who is pursuing post secondary labour oriented studies.

CUPE New Brunswick Scholarships

Six bursaries valued at $500.00 each are available annually for CUPE members or their children or wards to attend any University or Community College in the Atlantic Provinces.

CUPE PEI scholarships

Members of locals that pay into the CUPE PEI Division Bursary Fund, are eligible for a $500 bursary/scholarship given out yearly.

CUPE Greater Victoria Scholarship

Scholarships for sons and daughters of members of contributing locals of the Canadian Union of Public Employees in the Greater Victoria area.

Scholarships offered by locals


Awarded to dependents of CUPE Local 2 members.


Open to members and families of CUPE 7

CUPE 30: Edmonton Civic Workers Bursary

For CUPE 30 members or their families who contribute to the Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund.

CUPE 50 - City of Victoria Municipal Workers

Members of the local and their family members.


For relatives of current CUPE 82 members attending a post-secondary institution.

CUPE 173

CUPE 173 offers a bursary for each of the high schools in their district.

CUPE 500: Joint City/Union Scholarship

For employees whose educational opportunities could benefit the city in the future

CUPE 500: Les Butterworth Scholarship Fund

Awarded annually to CUPE Local 500 members and their families.

CUPE 905

CUPE 905 members and their dependents

CUPE 998

CUPE 998 offers three $1000 scholarships annually - one entrance and two in-course awards. The local is also offering a $600 bursary award.

CUPE 1169

Awarded to members of CUPE 1169 who are in good standing and attend 50 per cent of the local’s meetings in the previous year, for study at an Alberta post-secondary institution.

CUPE 1445 Scholarships

Scholarships for CUPE members and their immediate families attending Red Deer Community College.

CUPE 1615: Memorial University

Available to students entering or already in a program of study at Memorial University of Newfoundland or a two-year program at any other recognized institution in St. John’s or Corner Brook, who are children of CUPE Local 1615 members.

CUPE 1948: Saskatoon School Division

Two $500.00 scholarships awarded to dependants, aged 21 and under, of present CUPE Local 1948 members to attend any post-secondary institution.

CUPE 1975

Awards two different bursaries to CUPE 1975 members or their dependents.

CUPE 3260

CUPE 3260 gives out up to 16 $500 scholarships per year at its annual meeting.

CUPE 4400

CUPE 4400 (Toronto Education Workers) give out $10,000 in scholarships for members ($1,000 each for full-time, $500 each for part-time), and $10,000 in scholarships for children or grandchildren of members ($1,000 each for full-time, $500 each for part-time).

CUPE 5506

Open to CUPE 5506 members and their children.

CUPE 7000: Ray Agnew scholarship

Offers one post-secondary education scholarship of $1000 to children of CUPE 7000 members in memory of former local president Ray Agnew. For application forms, Contact CUPE 7000.