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.
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.
The Marcel Malboeuf Scholarship
This award honours Marcel Malboeuf, Chief Electoral Officer of ATU 279. A scholarship will be awarded yearly on September 13, Marcel’s birthday.
The Marcel Malboeuf Scholarship is available to the dependents of ATU Canada members. The member must be in good standing.
One award in the amount of $1000, will be awarded in 2022 to the eligible applicant with the highest-grade average upon graduation (based on each applicant’s final secondary school transcripts) and successful demonstration of commitment, dedication, and leadership qualities.
The submission will be open from June 13 to August 12 (midnight), 2022.
This award recognizes a student entering their first year of post-secondary study at a Canadian higher education institution/University.
Please find the 2022 application documents below.