2011 PSAC Scholarship Program

Please visit the following URL for more information: http://psac.com/what/benefits/scholarships_guidelines-e.shtml

The PSAC Scholarship Program offers the following 17 scholarships:

  • one $4,000 PSAC – AGR National Scholarship;
  • one $4,000 PSAC – Coughlin National Scholarship;
  • two $3,000 PSAC – AGRNational Scholarships;
  • two $3,000 PSAC – Coughlin National Scholarships;
  • one $2,000 J.R. (Joe) Power National Scholarship;
  • seven $1,000 PSAC Regional Scholarships; – one for each of the seven regions (Atlantic, Quebec, National Capital Region, Ontario, Prairies, British Columbia, and the North).
  • three $2,000 National Member Scholarships (for PSAC members only);

The program consists of 14 scholarships for dependant children of PSAC members and three scholarships for PSAC members who are returning to university, college or a recognized institute of higher learning on a full-time basis. 

PSAC members must be in good standing as of March 31st of the current year.   

The scholarships are not restricted to first-year students.  No more than one scholarship will be awarded to the same family in a given year and no applicant will be awarded a scholarship more than once.

The scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the 800-word essay according to the topic determined for the given year.

The PSAC reserves the right to withhold the granting of an award if no applicant is deemed to possess the necessary requirements, or for other valid reasons.  The PSAC Scholarship Committee may award a PSAC Regional Scholarship outside of a particular region if no applicants from that region are deemed to possess the necessary requirements or there were no completed applications received from that region.  All submissions become the property of the PSAC.

Applicant Requirements

  • Completed application form with all relevant information.
  • An 800-word essay on the topic chosen by the PSAC for the current year.  Your essay submission must be in WORD or PDF format.  Please ensure your full name and page numbers are annotated on every page as a header and footer.

PSAC 2011 Scholarships essay question:

Many workers in Canada do not have a workplace pension plan and end up living in poverty after retirement. The majority of Canadians rely solely on public pensions as a means of support.

Some people think public pension plan benefits should be increased. Others believe that more workers should benefit from workplace defined benefits pension plans. Yet others feel people should be left to plan their own retirement. Interestingly, 83% of unionized workers in Canada have a pension plan at work whereas only 33% of non-unionized workers have one.

Write an 800-word essay in response to the following question:
What should be done now to improve retirement income for future generations?

Feel free to interview friends and relatives who are either in the workforce or retired tohelp you form an opinion.

All sections of the application must be completed.  If you do not know your PSAC ID#, Component or Local #, please contact your Component National Office, PSAC Regional Office, or your Local steward/president.

Applicants may complete the application directly on-line at www.psac-afpc.com or by obtaining a hard copy at scholarships@psac-afpc.com.

All documents sent by mail must be received or postmarked no later than June 30th, 2011.

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Public Service Alliance of Canada
Attn: Scholarship Committee
Suite 904, 233 Gilmour Street,
Ottawa, Ontario
K2P 0P1

NOTE: Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or fax.  Only direct on-line or hard copy mailed-in applications will be accepted.

Confirmation of receipt of application received by PSAC will be e-mailed to applicant.  Please retain e-mail for future confirmation.

PSAC will inform the applicants who will be moving to the final stage of selection. At this time, proof of registration to the university/college and your Social Insurance number will be requested.

Questions or Information?

Contact us at scholarships@psac-afpc.com or 613-560-4292.

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