This year’s ATU International Scholarship is in remembrance of former International Secretary-Treasurer Oscar Owens, who passed away October 25, 2019.
A U.S Army Veteran, Owens joined ATU Local 193 (Oakland, California) in 1966 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.
We hope the recipients of this year’s scholarship named in his honour, will use them in part to study union and community organizing and grow to fight injustices everywhere.
This year, the program will consist of 5 scholarships, each in the amount of $8,000.00 and a $2,000.00 scholarship may be awarded to a technical or vocational school applicant.
Competition is open to ATU Members, their children and grandchildren. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and satisfy these rules and procedures. For each scholarship winner the ATU will deposit up to $8,000.00 with an accredited college or a technical/vocational post-secondary school, where the winner(s) will be attending.
Please see all rules and procedures linked above for who does and does not qualify.
Applications must be POST MARKED no later than January 31, 2021. In order to obtain a post mark please go IN to a Canada Post location and have them stamp your envelope.
If you would like us to mail this application and information to you please call the office at 403-258-1258 Ext 0.
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