Awards and Funding

To encourage students to declare a major or minor in Labour Studies, pursue a certificate, carry out labour related research, or simply to take courses in Labour Studies, we are offering a set of awards and scholarships and research grants.

Contact the program Director or the student advisor if you have questions about the awards.

You are welcome to apply for more than one award. Please only submit the documents requested in the award descriptions, and not any additional unrequested materials.

Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Award for Labour Studies
$1000 (5 awards per year)

The Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Awards in Labour Studies will be for $1,000 each. Five awards will be awarded each year in any term. These awards are intended to provide assistance to deserving undergraduate students with demonstrated community service. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: November 4, 2020

Dr. Hari Sharma Foundation Annual Award for Labour Studies

The awards will be granted annually in any term to SFU undergraduate students on the basis of the following criteria:

  • is enrolled full-time in any faculty;
  • is in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 CGPA);
  • has completed at least one Labour Studies course; and,
  • can demonstrate volunteerism/community service.

Eligible students may apply for this award through the Director, Labour Studies Program. As part of the application package, students must include the following supporting documentation:

  • a resume summarizing scholastic achievements and work relevant to the aims of this award;
  • a letter of reference verifying relevant community service/volunteer work.

Preference may be given to those pursuing an approved Major, Minor or Certificate in Labour Studies. The awards will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the nomination of the Director, Labour Studies Program.

Applications

Interested applicants please submit supporting documents to saadvise@sfu.ca.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the recommendation of the Director, Labour Studies Program.

The James Clark Undergraduate Award
$2,500 (1 award per year)

The James Clark Undergraduate Award in Labour Studies Endowment was established at Simon Fraser University in 2016 with a generous gift from Glen Clark, in honour of his father James, and with matching funds from the International Union of Painters & Allied Trades District Council 38.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: November 4, 2020

Glen Clark

Glen Clark is a Canadian business executive and former politician, serving·as the 31st Premier of British Columbia from 1996 to 1999, and as a Member of the Legislative Assembly from 1986- 2001. He holds a bachelor's degree from Simon Fraser University and a master's degree from the University of British Columbia. Before entering politics he worked as a union organizer. He is currently President of the Jim Pattison Group.

James Clark

James Clark was a member of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades for 30 years and an Executive Officer of IUPAT Local 138 for more than 10 years. As such he actively supported the advancement of the apprenticeship system and workers' rights through community and political activism.

The James Clark Undergraduate Award in Labour Studies

One award, valued at $2,500, will be granted annually in any term to an undergraduate student who meets the following criteria:

  • is enrolled full-time  in a bachelor's degree program;
  • is in good academic standing;
  • is a BC Federation of Labour-affiliated union member or is a direct family member of a BC Federation of Labour-affiliated union member;
  • is enrolled in or has been approved to enroll in a Labour Studies Minor or Certificate Program in the Labour Studies Program in SFU's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences; and
  • submits a short essay of up to 750 words on the value of the labour movement in British Columbia.

Applications

Interested applicants please submit supporting documents to saadvise@sfu.ca.

The award will be granted by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee upon the recommendation of the Director, Labour Studies Program.

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Annual Fund
$1,000 (3 awards per year)

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award was established in 2012 by the Burnaby Civic Employees’ Union - CUPE 23  for a generous 10 year commitment. The award is intended to recognize and provide financial assistance to an undergraduate student pursuing studies in the Labour Studies Program. Preference will be given to graduates of the Burnaby School District.

APPLICATION DUE DATE: November 4, 2020

Gary Campbell

Gary Campbell began working in Burnaby as a labourer in 1974. Throughout his career, Gary was a union activist and a member of the CUPE Local 23 Executive. He became a T.D. 1 in 1992 and retired in 2006. Gary’s activism continued throughout his retirement; he was a particularly passionate activist against the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement and the World Trade Organization. Whenever a Wal-Mart or Target opens rather than a Canadian owned establishment, we are encouraged to think of Gary Campbell’s warnings.

Gary passed away on April 9th, 2010 after losing a battle with cancer. He was a retired civic worker at the City of Burnaby and a lifetime member of CUPE Local 23. He was a tireless activist for labour, peace and the environment.

The significance of including ‘May Day’ in the name of this award indicates the importance of recognizing May 1st as a special day in the Labour Movement. In 1866, the American Federation of Labor adopted a historic resolution that asserted eight hours constitutes a legal day’s labour. This is a historic achievement in the history of the regulation of labour.

CUPE Local 23 is the union of the workers at the City of Burnaby and the Burnaby Public Library.

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award

The Gary Campbell May Day Memorial Award, valued at $1,000, will be granted every year in any term, to an SFU undergraduate student on the basis of the following criteria:

  • enrolled full-time in any faculty;
  • in good academic standing (minimum 2.00 CGPA);
  • demonstrated volunteerism/community service
  • enrolled in a Labour Studies Course.

Preference will be given to those:

  • with demonstrated community service; and/or,
  • pursuing an approved Minor or Certificate in Labour Studies; and/or,
  • who are graduates of a School District #41 secondary school.

As part of the application package, students must include the following supporting documentation:

  • a letter of reference verifying relevant community service/volunteer work; and,
  • copies of all post-secondary transcripts.

Gary Campbell’s biography will be kept on file in the Finanial Aid office and provided to the recipient of the award.

Applications

Interested applicants please submit supporting documents to saadvise@sfu.ca.

The award will be made by the Senate Undergraduate Awards Adjudication Committee.

Columbia Institute and the TWU-USW National Local 1944, Unit 60 offers The David Podworny Memorial Scholarship  

The David Podworny Memorial Scholarship supports students who are enrolling or enrolled in Telecommunications Trade or Labour Studies Program at accredited public institutions in Canada or the United States.

The Scholarship honours the legacy of the late David Podworny.  He was a journeyman in the TV cable industry in Vancouver and began his work in the industry in 1984. It became his lifelong career.  He was actively involved in his workplace, serving on the bargaining committee, as Shop Steward and as a Vice-President of TWU Local 60 (now TWU-USW National, Local 1944, Unit 60).  Dave Podworny exemplified giving back through his service and active democratic participation.  He loved the industry and the people who worked in it.

A downloadable application form and information about the award can be found here.  

APPLICATION DUE DATE: July 31