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Please note: The WHSC post-secondary student scholarships and bursaries program has been put on hold until such time as we can safely fundraise for it. All funding for WHSC scholarships and bursaries is raised annually and solely through The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic WHSC was unable to hold its fundraising golf tournament in 2020. Whether we can host a tournament in 2021 remains to be seen. Should we be able to move forward with the fundraiser and therefore our scholarship program, we will send notice via our e-news publication. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe today.

All connected with the Workers Health & Safety Centre are committed to education – education in the workplace and beyond. To this end the WHSC has long offered student scholarships and bursaries for post-secondary education. Funds for these scholarships are raised from The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser in honour of our late founder and first WHSC President.

Thanks to the tournament's success and ongoing support of member organizations and community partners, the WHSC offers the following programs:

  • Scholarships for Ontario students entering full-time or part-time studies at a publicly funded Ontario post-secondary institution;
  • Bursaries for Ontario students having already completed one year in a labour studies program.

Post-Secondary Scholarships

Each year WHSC sponsors a student essay competition aimed at raising occupational health and safety awareness among graduating Ontario high school students who are headed for post-secondary education. Along with their essays, students are also asked to submit a profile outlining their contributions to their school and/or community, as well as a letter of endorsement from an educator or community leader. This year several high caliber submissions were received. Thanks to all the students who took the time to participate in our scholarship competition.

The two top submissions each received $2,000. One to honour the late Clifford Pilkey, WHSC’s founder and a second to honour social justice champion, Fred Upshaw. Three additional entries were selected to receive $1,000 each. Congratulations to all.

Meet WHSC Annual Student Scholarship 2019 Contest Winners.
Read about WHSC 2019 Student Scholarship Winners.

Labour Studies Bursaries

In honour of the late Wally Majesky, the WHSC is also proud to offer annually up to three $1,000 bursaries, jointly sponsored by our organization, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario, the Toronto Central Ontario Building and Construction Trades Council and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 353.

These bursaries are available at, and administered by, the following publicly-funded Ontario colleges and universities:

  • Brock University;
  • Laurentian University; and
  • McMaster University.

The university bursaries are offered based on the following criteria:

  • Full-time or part-time student in a post-secondary, labour studies undergraduate degree program;
  • Have completed one full year of study;
  • Attained a minimum B average in their studies;
  • Demonstrated financial need;
  • Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership in the social justice movement.

For details contact each institution directly.

No portion of government grants from employer assessments or WHSC revenue generation support this important awareness initiative.

All student scholarships and bursaries are financed solely through funds raised at The Clifford Pilkey Memorial Golf Fundraiser. WHSC facilitates this fundraising event to fund this post-secondary education support and the important work of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.