Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113

ATU Local 113 believes strongly in the importance of education. That’s why we have one of the most generous scholarship programs of any local in Canada. Every year, we award dozens of scholarships to the children of our members. There are four types of scholarships available:

The Peter Bodnick Scholarship
A former lifetime member of Local 113, the late Peter Bodnick, set aside funds in his will to provide an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a Local 113 member’s child entering a Technical/Post Secondary Registered Trades Course leading to a Skilled Trades Licence. Applicants are required to submit a written essay between 500-750 words on the subject of “Organized Labour’s Contribution to the Welfare of the People of Canada.”


The John Lorimer Memorial Scholarship
Named after a Local 113 President/Business Agent in the 1940’s, this scholarship is available to ATU 113 members’ children who are graduating from Grade 12 and advancing to a university degree program or who are already enrolled in a university degree program and have not previously received a scholarship from Local 113. There are up to 38 $1,500 scholarships awarded annually. Recipients are based on applicants’ Grade 12 marks.


ATU International

2020 ATU Scholarship Program in Memory of Oscar “Double O” Owens
This year’s scholarships are in remembrance of former International Secretary-Treasury Oscar “Double O” Owens, who passed away on October 25, 2019.

As U.S Army veteran, Owens joined atu Local 192 (Oakland, CA) In 1996, as a bus operator for AC Transit. In 1973, he became a Shop Steward and rose to become its President/Business Agent. He then served the International for more than 37 years alongside six International Presidents, as a Special Organizer, an International Representative, an International Vice-President, and International Secretary Treasurer for 18 years.

A founding member of the ATU Black Caucus, he was a strong voice in support of civil rights and the rightful place of African Americans within the leadership of the ATU and the entire labour movement.

His signature call-to-arms, “Fired up and ready to go”, will echo throughout the ATU forever.

Recipients of this year’s scholarships named in his honor, are encouraged to use them in part to study union and community organizing, and grow to fight injustices everywhere.

In 2021, five Scholarships each in the amount of $8,000 will be awarded. A sixth $2000 scholarship may be awarded to a technical or vocational school applicant.

Please find the 2021 application documents below. 

ATU Canada

The Marcel Malboeuf Scholarship
This award was created in 2018 to honour Marcel Malboeuf — an individual who exemplified these traits throughout his career of over 48 years with the ATU. The Marcel Malboeuf Scholarship will be awarded yearly on September 13, Marcel’s birthday.

It will be awarded in the amount of $1000 to an ATU Canada member’s dependent who is enrolled in post-secondary education, and who exemplifies the highest standard in academic achievement and demonstrates commitment and dedication in their community with the utmost leadership qualities.

The submission will be open from June 13 to August 12 (midnight), 2023.

Download the applicant package below.