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Scholarship Program

FFAW-Unifor Scholarships

Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) awards six $750 scholarships every year to eligible dependents of members in good standing.

One application is sufficient for all six scholarships. Two $750 scholarships are available under each category:

  • Ray Greening Memorial Scholarship
  • Richard Cashin Scholarship Award
  • Robert White Scholarship Fund

Two scholarships are in memory of Ray Greening, who died in 1980 at the age of 43. He had been Secretary-Treasurer with the Union for more than a decade.

In June 1993, Cashin retired as leader of FFAW/CAW after more than 20 years as president. In honour of his contribution and dedication to the Union, two scholarships were created in his name.

Robert White had been president of the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) for eight years. He was instrumental in getting FFAW into the CAW family. In 1992, he was elected president of the Canadian Labour Congress. Bob passed away in early 2017. In recognition of his service to the labour movement in this country, two scholarships were created.

To qualify for any of the six FFAW-Unifor scholarships, candidates must supply the selection committee with the following:

  • high school transcript of Level III marks;
  • list of any scholarship(s) already received;
  • an essay of at least 300 words on the fishing industry, the industry your parent is now employed, or the labor movement.
  • a letter of recommendation from either of the following:
    • principal of your school or a clergy person of your choice;
    • member of the local Union executive or boat delegate.

Candidates must be accepted as first-year students in any post-secondary institution. Please note that all applicants will have an equal opportunity of being awarded a scholarship. Those deemed eligible will have their names drawn. In other words, the person with the highest marks will not always be the winner.


The deadline for applications is October 31,  2023. 

Unifor National Scholarships

Unifor recognizes that the costs associated with post-secondary education is a challenge for many working-class families.  To assist in making education more accessible, our National Union has established 28 scholarships of $2,000.00 each. 

The scholarships are awarded to children of Unifor members in good standing.  Students must be entering their first year of full-time post-secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trade school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.  One of these scholarships will also be available to a Unifor member with at least one year seniority.  These are entrance Scholarships only and are not renewable for students entering subsequent years of study.

Information on how to apply can be found here.