Scholarships & Bursaries

Scholarships and Programs

Local 955 supports a program of scholarships and bursaries for students who are dependents of members in good standing with the International Union of Operating Engineers. The scholarship programs are listed below. Qualifications and application deadlines are described in the specific program materials.

When to apply:

Scholarships may be awarded to students who are members or dependents of a member in good standing with the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local Union No. 955.  The total amount of each Scholarship will be $5,000.00 to be paid over 2 consecutive academic years of study, in increments of $2,500.00 per year. The application deadline is the third Friday in August. Please click the link below to view the application form. N.B. Coutts Scholarship Award Application Form.

Click here to view the 2019 NB Coutts Scholarship Application Form

When to apply:

The Canadian Conference of the International Union of Operating Engineers is accepting applications for ten (10) bursaries of seven hundred and fifty ($750.00) dollars. These educational bursaries are intended to provide financial assistance to I.U.O.E. members’ spouses and children. For the Canadian Conference bursaries application and eligibility requirements please click here.

*Please be aware that section two of the bursary application form must be completed by your home local (if you are on a travel card).


When to apply: September 15

Robert J Watson National Bursary Program

This year the Robert J. Watson Maintenance Industry National Bursary Program will award 88 $1,000.00 bursaries to the sons and daughters of union members who are attending post-secondary education institutions. Union members eligible to apply will be members of local unions which service General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee for Canada or NMA maintenance projects in Canada. The program is named in honour of the long-time GPMC chairman, who was instrumental in developing the unionized contract maintenance industry in Canada.

The GPMC NMC is pleased to announce that our annual Robert J. Watson Bursary Program has a new website designed to handle the application and submission process. Please click here to view the rules and regulations and apply for this year’s draw.

Note: The application submission period is now closed. It is scheduled to re-open annually on September 15.  


When to apply: Fall 2018

The Pipe Line Contractors Association of Canada allocates awards in the fall of each year to a son or daughter of parents or guardians who derive their principal income from pipeline construction. 

If your son or daughter is enrolled in a full-time program leading to a diploma or degree and you have a history of working for a PLCAC contractor member, the 2018 PLCAC Student Award Program Application form is available here.

Note: The 2017-2018 program has closed. Please check back in summer 2018 for more information.