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2023 BCGEU Scholarships - BCGEU

Applications for the 2023 BCGEU Scholarship program are now being accepted.

Our annual scholarship program of up to $85,000 offers awards of $2,000 for full-time students and $1,000 for part-time students. Scholarships are funded by the dues of our members.

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  • A BCGEU member in good standing, or related to a current, retired or deceased BCGEU member or staff; and

  • A student or prospective post-secondary or higher learning student enrolled, registered or planning to attend an eligible educational institution in 2023.

Eligible relatives include spouses, parents, and children or grandchildren (including foster, adopted and stepchildren and grandchildren).

Eligible educational institutions must be designated by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Find a list of eligible institutions here.

Previous BCGEU scholarship recipients are not eligible to apply.


In addition to personal information and details of your education plan, you will be asked to submit a short essay or video submission in response to one of five questions:

  1. Workplace health and safety is a core value of the labour movement. What role do unions play to ensure the health and safety of workers? How has health and safety in the workplace evolved? 
  2. Describe a protest you have seen or taken part in and the positive ways it has changed your perspective, your life or your community. 
  3. If you were a leader in a position of power, what steps would you take to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and who would you involve? 
  4. How has the rising cost of inflation affected your community? Has it impacted your ability to seek a higher education? How? What part do unions play to address the rising cost of living? 
  5. What challenges have you faced in your life that led you to seek higher education? What helped you on this journey? What other resources would support this goal? 

The deadline for applications is Sunday, April 16, 2023 at midnight.

You may also be eligible for one of the scholarships offered by NUPGE, our National Union of Public and General Employees. Find details and apply directly here.