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Ufcw Local 1000a Scholarship Essays

UFCW Canada Local 1000A is proud to congratulate the recipients of our 2012-2013 scholarships. Forty-two scholarships, worth $500 each, were awarded this year to members or children of members enrolled in post-secondary education based on a 500-word essay contest.

“I was ecstatic when notified that I was the recipient of this scholarship,” said Daniele Ruberto, who worked as a grocery clerk at the No Frills store in Woodbridge. “I am extremely grateful for this scholarship and thank UFCW Local 1000A for their generosity and support. Thank you for caring about student success.”

President Pearl Sawyer said the union office received so many great submissions for the 2012-2013 scholarships.

“I want to thank everyone who took the time to apply for sharing your thoughts with us. For those who didn’t win this time, I strongly encourage you to try again later this year.”

Olga Skoryak, a Local 1000A member who works as a cashier at Jim Casciaro’s No Frills, was among those awarded a scholarship.

“I just wanted to say that you never know if you don't try,” she said. “Although it took time to write an essay, it felt very rewarding and satisfactory to be handed a cheque, especially when it comes as a surprise to you. I am glad that I applied for this scholarship and definitely would recommend it to anyone.”

2013 marks the tenth anniversary of the local union’s scholarship program. Since its inception in 2003, Local 1000A has helped hundreds of students and their families in the face of escalating undergraduate fees.

The increase has been drastic. In the 2003-2004 school year, Ontario students paid an average of $4,923 in undergraduate fees. In the 2012-2013 school year, students paid an average of $7,180—a jump of 46 per cent.

“Every student deserves a fair chance at higher education and it is shameful that students in Ontario have to pay the highest undergraduate tuition fees in all of Canada,” said Sawyer. As for Ruberto, he said the scholarship has already been extremely useful to purchase textbooks for school, both in the beginning of the school year and before the second term began. “[It] is extremely useful especially in light of tuition fees, which are rising at an alarming rate,” Ruberto said. “There is no doubt that this scholarship program would be beneficial for many students and families, many of which cannot afford post-secondary education and are striving to make ends meet.”

The Ontario Federation of Labour, of which Local 1000A is an affiliate, has been consistently calling on the Ontario government to drop tuition fees and reexamine per student funding for colleges and universities. The OFL has also urged the provincial government to address the problem of increasing student debt and tuition fees.

Along with pushing for zero tuition fees through the OFL, Sawyer said the scholarships continue to be the union’s way of providing some relief for students and families during what is often a financial trying time.

“The dream of higher education should not be put beyond the grasp of our province’s students,” said Local 1000A Recorder Dan Gilbert, who oversees the scholarship program. “Our program is about helping as many students and families who are part of our union family to achieve their goals.”

Congratulations and Best of Luck to Our Scholarship Recipients!

  • Kyle Beach
  • Sarah Dierickse
  • Scott Selvey
  • Sarah Stinchcombe
  • Carly Van Daele
  • Emilie Bastien (member: Constance Bastien)
  • Jake Chapman
  • Yoyo Sin (member: Suk Chow)
  • Daniele Ruberto
  • Maria Commisso
  • Danielle Cook
  • Donovan Ellis
  • Nicole Jeffrey
  • Quinn Peressotti
  • Mary Sayewich
  • Olga Skoryak
  • Mary Aguilar (member: Maria Aguilar)
  • Kaley Carveth
  • Megan McPhaden (member: William McPhaden)
  • Jordan Pearcey
  • Megan Stewart
  • Cassandra Taylor (member: Ann Taylor)
  • Samantha De Fry
  • Matthew Lawson
  • Jenny Pan
  • Patriz Lopez (member: Fernando Ramos)
  • Michael Lavigne
  • Samantha Mccrae
  • Christine Huynh
  • Christine Jacob
  • Massimo Romantini
  • Veronica Escobar-Marroquin
  • Amanda DiFebo (member: Alfredo DiFebo)
  • Pietro Garieri (member: Ralph Garieri)
  • Hannah Rich
  • Jason Tran
  • Belinda Truong (member: Mui Thi Truong)
  • Farah Zaman (member: Nayna Begum)
  • Carlene Kennedy
  • Andrea Manchisi (member: Giuseppe Manchisi)
  • Jessica Mak
  • Rebecca Priddle
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  • UFCW International Scholarship Program

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for themselves. It is about creating opportunity. That is why each year the UFCW Charity Foundation awards several scholarships of up to $8 ,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20. UFCW employed officers, staff and their immediate families are not eligible.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for themselves.  It is about creating opportunity.  That is why each year the UFCW Charity Foundation awards several scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20.  UFCW employed officers, staff, and their immediate families are not eligible.


  1. The scholarships are limited to any UFCW member who has been active since January 1, 2017.
    1. The children and/or dependents of active members are also eligible to apply if they are unmarried and under the age of 20 on May 31, 2018.
    2. The scholarship application and essay must be completed by the eligible student to receive the scholarship.
  1. The scholarship recipients will be selected and awards made on the basis of several factors including scholastic achievements, community involvement, and an essay which shows an understanding of the principles of the labor movement.
  2. The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship Application Form is completed when the scholarship committee receives your Official Grades Transcript and Part B Form (which is provided after you complete the application online). Both must be mailed with a postmark date no later than May 27, 2018.  Keep in mind the time frame needed to receive the information from your school.
  3. Scholarship recipients will receive annual payments of $2,000 for each year they are enrolled in an accredited college or university as a non-probationary student for up to four years.
    1. Payment is dependent on written evidence of graduation from high school or equivalent and enrollment in an accredited college or university, or institute of higher learning.
    2. Payment of subsequent stipends is dependent on the recipient’s continued eligibility as outlined in the Scholarship Acceptance Agreement.


Process for Applying

  1. Read the Procedures thoroughly.
  1. Complete the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship Application online. The application requires you to fill out a family profile, list school activities, awards, and your work experience, and completion of an essay.  If you are unable to apply online, you may request an application by writing to:  UFCW Charity Foundation, Attn:  Scholarship Program, 1775 K Street, NW, Washington, DC
  1. You and a parent (for students under the age of 18) must sign and date the application before submitting it to you your high school officials. Your signatures will authorize your school to release information about you as well as verify that the information you provided is true.  It will also allow your local union to release your membership information to the UFCW Charity Foundation for the purposes of verifying your eligibility.
  1. Give the application to your academic counselor who will complete it and mail it along with your grade transcript as well as proof of graduation, intent to graduate or receive your GED.
  1. Please do not submit any material other than requested.


Receiving the Scholarship

Payment of the Scholarship is dependent on written evidence of enrollment in an accredited college or university and maintaining continued eligibility.

  • This award has a maximum renewal of four (4) years of disbursements, is contingent on the recipient submitting to the UFCW Charity Foundation written evidence of Registration from the       college or university that the student is or will be attending, and the recipient must be registered in such school as a non-probationary student.
  • The recipient must agree to maintain a satisfactory grade level and will forward to the UFCW Charity Foundation either a copy of his or her grades each quarter or semester, whichever is         applicable, or a transcript of grades for the year at the end of each school year.
  • Payment of the benefits to scholarship recipients may be temporarily suspended upon written request of the winner under certain circumstances.
  • In the event that the recipient’s education should be interrupted for some reason, he or she must notify the UFCW Charity Foundation in writing of such expected interruption and advise the UFCW Charity Foundation as to the cause for the interruption and the estimated date upon which the recipient expects to resume their studies.


Other Information

  • The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship Program is maintained and administered by the UFCW Charity Foundation, which has full discretion to make all final decisions concerning the number of scholarships awarded each year, the amounts awarded, and the recipients of each of the scholarships. The UFCW Charity Foundation shall also have full discretion in deciding whether a scholarship is to be continued or deferred for any period of time.
  • The procedures for the UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship Program are printed in both French and Spanish on this website.  If you need help with understanding the scholarship rules and application in another language, please call 800-551-4010 and we will obtain assistance for you.


  • Only Scholarship recipients will be notified via mail.
  • Email with questions.
A Better Life Through Your Union

Every year the UFCW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values.  Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.*

Past winners have gone on to make significant contributions to society and to the UFCW – entering a range of fields including public service, medicine, law, business and teaching.  Many have returned to the UFCW as staffers, organizers, and community activists who contribute to our mission.

*UFCW-employed officers and staff, and their immediate families are not eligible for this program.

The UFCW Charity Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for 2018. All applications will be due by May 13, 2018.  Please email with questions.