AUPE maintains a Members Education Assistance Fund, which is the responsibility of the Education Sub-Committee of the Members’ Benefits Committee. AUPE administers two types of scholarships. Scholarship applications must be submitted between May 10 and July 16 each year.
Type 1 – Bursary (based on financial need)
Funds are granted through the Members’ Benefits Education Sub-Committee. The sub-committee determines the amount of bursary money that will be awarded each year based on the interest generated by the capital in the fund.
Eligibility: Based on financial need, available for post secondary education. Members in good standing of AUPE with two consecutive years service as of July 16 of current year are eligible, and/or their spouse, and/or their financial dependents, and/or dependents of retired or deceased members. All dependents must be under the age of 25 years. Consideration will be made for a past member who enrolls full-time in an educational institution within the first year of job elimination.
How to Apply: Application forms are available at any AUPE office or can be downloaded here.
Deadline for Application: July 16 (new). The completed original application will only be accepted from May 10 – July 16 each year for studies commencing after the submission deadline. Please mail the original application and attachments to the AUPE head office. AUPE Local donations will be distributed as per the Type 1 Bursary guidelines above.
Type 2 – $2,500 Brent Gawne Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was set up at the 2004 Annual AUPE Convention to raise awareness of privatization of public services. The essay topic will be chosen annually by the AUPE Executive Committee.
Eligibility: A post secondary student enrolled in full-time studies within the Province of Alberta.
How to Apply: Submit a minimum 2,000 word essay on the topic chosen by the Executive Committee. The essay must be in formal essay format (i.e. title page, footnotes, etc.). Please attach a computer printout reflecting the word count. The essay must be attached to the completed Education Assistance Program application form. Entries will be judged by qualified adjudicators. Please attach confirmation identifying full-time study, including class schedule.
2013 Essay Topic: The Importance of Unions during Times of Government Funding Cut Backs
Deadline for Application: July 16 (new). The completed original application will only be accepted from May 10 – July 16 each year for studies commencing after the submission deadline. Please mail the original application and attachments to the Edmonton AUPE office.
Click here to read the 2012 Brent Gawne Memorial Scholarship Essay winner, answering the question, “What impact has privatization had on public services in Alberta over the last 20 years?”
AUPE has partnered with a number of educational institutions throughout Alberta to administer bursary programs on behalf of AUPE. Application forms are available at the educational institutions. Request the AUPE Bursary Application form. Completed applications must be returned to the institution, and deadlines vary by institution. Please confirm the deadline date when requesting an application.
- Technical Institutes
- Fairview College: 780-835-6654 (Lisa Osterhold) or 1-888-999-7882
- Grande Prairie – 780-539-2943
- Keyano – 780-791-4894
- Lakeland – 780-853-8418 (Vermillion), 780-871-5723 (Lloydminster) or 1-800-661-6490
- Lethbridge – 403-320-3372 or 1-800-572-0103
- Medicine Hat – 403-504-3594 or 1-866-282-8394
- Olds – 403-556-4734 or 1-800-661-6537
- Red Deer – 403-342-3400 or 1-888-732-4630