UFCW Canada gives hope for a better future

“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 two years, over 9,000 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 the lives of their families back home through the UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarship.”

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 20 recipients of the 2011 UFCW Canada Migrant Worker Scholarship 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, Honduras, and Mexico.


The recipients of the 2011 UFCW Canada Migrant Workers Scholarships are: 

Amber Johanna Rupinan, age 7 (Philippines)

Chris Lorenz Villanueva, age 9 (Philippines)

Joyce Anne M. Custodio, age 10 (Philippines)

Hennique Henry, age 16 (Jamaica)

Katherine Pamela Vallecillo Duron, age 7 (Honduras)

Osbaldo Gonzalez Frias, age 12 (Mexico)

Mariana Galindo Zamora, age 15 (Mexico)

Tomeaca Bell, age 19 (Jamaica)

Allan Giovanni Prieto Catana, age 24 (Mexico)

Denisse Isamar Canett Garcia, age 16 (Mexico)

Kashna Tucker, age 8 (Jamaica)

Marvin Amilcar Ajqui Ajqui, age 17 (Guatemala)

Hanna B. Calvarido, age 6 (Philippines)

Tamika Gayle, age 12 (Jamaica)

Malinali Rosaura Padilla Cuaxilotl, age 13 (Mexico)

Cecilia Hernandez Celis, age 13 (Mexico)

Ricardo Mora Morales, age 12 (Mexico

Itzel Gomez Moreno, age 15 (Mexico)

Karla Lechuga Velazquez, age 14 (Mexico)

David Flores Porfirio, age 18 (Mexico)

Click here to read testimonials from the families. 

The recipients of the 2011 scholarship were all nominated by family members employed across Canada as migrant or temporary foreign workers in a variety of sectors including agriculture, natural resources, hospitality, service, restaurants, retail, meat processing, healthcare, and care giving.

The UFCW Canada Migrant Worker Scholarship program for 2012 offers 20 scholarships of $500.00 each.  Applications can be made and submitted online in six languages. Applications can also be downloaded for printing and distribution.


The deadline to apply is December 31, 2012.

Click Here to learn HOW TO APPLY