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Bursaries and scholarships

AUPE has bursary money available for members to apply for as well as annual scholarship opportunities.

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Bursary opportunities

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AUPE maintains a Members' Education Assistance Fund, which is the responsibility of the Education Sub-Committee of the Members’ Benefits Committee.

Part-time bursaries

To be considered, you must be:

  • attending part-time studies as defined by the educational institution.
  • an AUPE member with one consecutive year of service at the date of application.
  • taking an accredited course that could be used toward a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • past member who enrolls part-time in an educational institution within the first twelve (12) months of job elimination through layoff or abolishment.

How to apply:Complete the attached application and submit it, along with all required documents by Tuesday, December 8, 2020.

Full-time bursaries

Bursary Type I (based on financial need)

To be considered, you must be:

  • attending full-time studies as defined by the institution.
  • members of AUPE with two (2) consecutive years service at the application deadline date and/or their spouse, and/or their financial dependents; and/or dependents of retired or deceased members for a period of one year.
  • must be under 25 years of age at the time of the application deadline date.
  • past members who enroll full-time within the first year of job elimination

AUPE Local donations will be distributed as per the Type 1 Bursary guidelines.

How to apply: The application period is now closed. For the 2021/2022 school year, applications will be available in May 2021.

Scholarship opportunities

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Two (2) Brent Gawne Memorial Scholarships, $2,500

One $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a high school student and another $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a post-secondary student.

To be considered, you must be:

  • attending full-time studies as defined by the institution.
  • a member of AUPE with two (2) consecutive years’ service at the time of application deadline date, and or their spouse or financial dependents; and or  dependents of retired or deceased members for a period of one year.
  • must be under 25 years of age  at the time of the application deadline date.
  • past members who enroll full-time within the first year of job elimination.

How to apply: Submit a minimum 2,000 word essay on the topic chosen by the Executive Committee and printed in the Education Assistance Program application form (available May 2021). The essay must be in formal essay format (i.e. title page, footnotes, double-spaced, etc.). Attach a computer printout reflecting the essay word count. The essay must be on a separate paper attached to the completed Education Assistance Program application form. Essays will be judged by independent adjudicator(s). Please attach confirmation identifying full-time study, including class schedule.

2020 Brent Gawne Memorial Scholarship winners

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Brent Gawne Memorial Scholarships:

High School Winner: The effect of the UCP cutbacks and how the union should respond by Cailin Senger Download the essay

Post-Secondary Winner: Public Service Cutbacks and Privatization by Haya El-Chami El-Halabi Download the essay

Institution-based bursaries

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AUPE and Alberta Advanced Education established endowment funds jointly in 1986/87. The funds are administered by the educational institutions 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.

AUPE members can apply for additional institutional bursaries as follows (Please note that the following list has nothing to do with Full-Time and Part-Time AUPE Bursary Applications)

Eligible Institutions

Universities

Technical Institutes

  • NAIT – 780-471-6248
  • SAIT – 1-877-284-7248

Colleges