Member’s Dependent Bursary Guidelines


Conditions of Award
The NS Government & General Employees Union is offering fifteen $1,000 bursaries to be awarded annually (at the discretion of the NSGEU Education Committee) to dependents of NSGEU members in good standing. Up to two (2) bursaries may be awarded to dependent spouses.

These Union Bursaries will be under the names of:

  1. Westray Memorial $1,000
  2. Brian Langille Memorial $1,000
  3. Irving Deale Memorial $1,000
  4. Philip Cogswell Memorial $1,000
  5. John Burnham Memorial $1,000
  6. John Rossiter Memorial $1,000
  7. Unnamed $1,000
  8. Unnamed $1,000
  9. Unnamed $1,000
  10. Unnamed $1,000
  11. Unnamed $1,000
  12. Unnamed $1,000
  13. Unnamed $1,000
  14. Unnamed $1,000
  15. Unnamed $1,000

Applications and all support documentation must be filed with the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union on, or prior to, October 15th in any year.

Guidelines and applications are available on the NSGEU web site, as well as in hard copy upon request to the NSGEU office.

Bursaries will be based on the financial need of the applicant.

The bursary will be tenable for a program of study leading to a degree, diploma or certificate at any recognized post-secondary institution.

Bursaries will only be awarded once to any individual in a 21 Month period.

Authentic signature of the actual applicant must appear on Application Form. Any other signature will cause the application to be invalid and therefore denied.

NB: If evidence is found that the questions were answered falsely, the application will be considered void. In cases where scholarships have already been awarded, reimbursement will be required from the NSGEU member.


The applicant must be a dependent of a Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union member; or the dependent of a retired member; or the dependent child of a deceased member who was a member in good standing at time of death.

A clear definition of a member in good standing can be found in the NSGEU Constitution and By-Laws.

All questions (blank spaces) on the application form must be completed. The application form must be signed by the applicant.

An Official ‘Letter of Registration’ for a program of study leading to a degree, diploma or certificate from a recognized university or other institution of higher learning must be included.  A Letter of Application / Letter of Admission / Letter of Acceptance will not be valid.

Copy of Notice of Assessment to verify all household sources of income, excluding dependent children, must accompany the application.

All applicants must submit a 500-word essay on the history and importance of the labour movement in Nova Scotia.

Successful recipients of bursaries must be prepared to enter into normal Union publicity that goes with receiving such an award.

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