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The CEU maintains a bursary fund totaling $4000, which is used to award a bursary annually, with amounts awarded varying dependent on quality of submissions.

The CEU bursary competition is open to eligible CEU members and/or close relatives of any member; as long as the CEU member is a member in good standing. For the purpose of this competition, a close relative is a mother, father, spouse, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandparent, great-grandparent, or other person who has acted in loco parentis or any other relative living under the same roof. (Reference: Article 44, Family Leave, of the CEU Collective Agreement). Applicants must also meet the entrance requirements for their first year of studies at a post-secondary educational institution. Only students entering their first year of post-secondary education are eligible. The CEU’s definition of first year post-secondary education does not include programs that provide equivalency to high school diplomas and pre-apprenticeship programs (also known as Foundation Training). However, students who have formally registered in an apprenticeship program are eligible to apply.


The Bursary Committee will judge applicants on the quality of their submissions as outlined in Parts One and Two below.

2019 Bursary Details


Activist Essay – Interview a current of former union activist (who was either involved with a union or a labour organization.) They may have been a shop steward, elected officer of a union, elected officer of a labour council, elected officer of a labour federation, or an employee of a trade union or labour organization in the role of business agent/representative, union organizer, communications officer, etc. It cannot be someone from the CEU. It may be a union activist in an industry you plan to work in. You may conduct the interview in person or by telephone. *Verbatim transcripts of the interview will not be accepted. You must analyze, summarize, and discuss the information you gathered in the interview in a 500 to 750 word essay describing: How and why that person became a trade union activist; how long the person has been (or was) an activist; what activities that person engages (or engaged) in as a trade union activist; your views on trade union activism; what you learned about trade unions and trade union activists as a result of conducting the interview.


Write a 1000 to 1200 word essay on the topic: Canada’s former Attorney General, Jody Wilson-Raybauld, and former President of the Treasury, Dr. Jane Philpott, were expelled from the federal Liberal caucus on April 2, 2019 by Prime Minster Justin Trudeau.

Identify the issues leading up to this event. Do you agree with the Prime Minister’s decision? Why or why not? Discuss implications this decision may have on indigenous persons, women, women of colour, political organizations, unions, the 2019 federal election and Canadian democracy.


GraduatesYour part one activist essay including a title page with the name of the person you interviewed; your 500-750 word essay; the contact information for the person you interviewed; a list of any other references you consulted or people you spoke to in preparing your essay; information on whether the activist gives their permission to post your essay on the CEU website. The CEU often posts the winning submissions (or excerpts from the submissions) on its website. If the activist gives permission for the essay to be posted on the CEU website, you must submit a note signed by the activists stating this. If the activist does not give permission to post your essay, please state this on the title pagYour part two essay should include a title page; the 1000-1200 word essay; a list of any media you read, listened to, or viewed in researching your essay; and a list of other references you consulted or people you spoke to in preparing your essay. 

You must also include a completed application form (included with this announcement); a transcript of your most recent marks; a list of your estimated expenses for your first year of post-secondary education.

Remember: You must complete both part one and part two.

Criteria for judging submissions

Both essays must: Be organized and coherent; have a point of view; discuss specified points; demonstrate proficiency in grammar, punctuation, and spelling; be original (the Bursary Committee will not accept plagiarized material).

Incomplete submissions are subject to a penalty (i.e, loss of points). Individual bursary award amounts will vary depending on the quality of the submissions. All submissions become the property of the CEU.  Additional application forms may be obtained by contacting the CEU office or a shop steward.

Completed application form and submissions must be returned no later than 12 noon on May 30, 2019.

The Bursary Committee c/o the Compensation Employees’ Union #120 – 13775 Commerce Parkway Richmond, BC V6V 2V4

Email with “Bursary Application” in the subject line

Applications and essays may be sent via email or regular mail and may also be sent through the WCB interdepartmental mail by the applicant’s relative. Any submission not received by the deadline will not be considered. There are no exceptions, so we encourage all applicants to ensure their entry is submitted as early as possible. Faxed submissions will not be accepted. Bursaries will be issued to the successful applicants after they have commenced enrolment and have been issued a student number at a recognized university, college, or vocational institute.  

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