Program guidelines: PSAC scholarship awards

Program guidelines: PSAC scholarship awards

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 - AGR National 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 applicant will be awarded a scholarship more than once.

The scholarships are awarded based on the merit of the 800-word essay or video, infographic, essay or song 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; and

Option 1:

  • 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.


Option 2:

  • A summary of your interview on the topic chosen by the PSAC in the form of a youtube video, infographic, essay (max 800 words) or song (submitted on a CD labelled with your name and PSAC Id #. You must send 3 copies of the labelled CD via mail).

PSAC 2014 Scholarships essay question:


The PSAC will soon go into contract negotiations with the federal government to decide the terms of collective agreements that cover more than 110,000 federal government employees. The current federal government has said it will use this round of bargaining to lower its payroll costs by changing longstanding protections, including paid sick leave which employees earn and accumulate to use in times of need. The government has said that federal employees are treated too well in relation to other employees.

Option 1: Write an essay (an opinion piece in your own words) that examines the position of the government and tell us what you think the PSAC could say to convince the public that the government's approach to bargaining is wrong.  


Option 2: Interview a PSAC member on why paid sick leave is important and provide a summary of your interview in the form of a youtube video, infographic, essay or song.       

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 or by obtaining a hard copy at

Completed applications should be mailed to:

Public Service Alliance of Canada
Attn: Scholarship Committee
233 Gilmour Street, 9th floor
Ottawa, Ontario K2P 0P1

NOTE: Applications will not be accepted by e-mail or fax. Only on-line form submissions or applications mailed in hard copy 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 or (613) 560-4347.

April 3, 2014