Toronto – July 13, 2013 – The 20 recipients of the 2012 UFCW Canada Migrant Worker Scholarships have been announced. The recipients are a diverse group of young people from the Global South, ranging in age from 6 to 24 — attending school in Guatemala, the Philippines, Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Kenya, El Salvador and Mexico. Each recipient was nominated by a family member working as a migrant or temporary foreign worker in Canada.
“Education Has No Borders” is the spirit of commitment which led to the creation of the UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarships. In a span of three years, over 13,500 scholarship applications from around the globe have been received.
“It has certainly been a privilege to be able to share in our recipients’ education," says UFCW Canada National President Wayne Hanley. "With a commitment to justice, we continue to ensure that more workers entering Canada under the draconian Temporary Foreign Workers Program are empowered to improve their lives, and the lives of their families back home through the UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarships program.”
Any migrant or temporary foreign worker in Canada can nominate a family member in their home country for the scholarship. The nominee must be between 4 and 25 years of age; attending or planning to attend an educational institution; and is either the child, grandchild, sister, brother, niece or nephew of the nominator.
The deadline to apply for the 2013 round of Migrant Workers Scholarships is December 31, 2013. To find out more about the UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarships program, and to download applications or apply online, visit ufcw.ca/migrantscholarship.