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UWOSA Bursaries

At the Annual General Meeting on April 21st, UWOSA’s membership approved a budget which included two student bursaries, each for $1,000 per year. For more information, and to apply for one of these bursaries, please click on the following Needs-Based Awards.

UWOSA Bursary
The UWO Staff Association Bursary is awarded to a dependent of a UWOSA member.

The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary
The Mary Campbell Memorial Bursary is awarded to a single parent or the dependent children of a single parent, with primary consideration given to the single parent.

Who was Mary Campbell?

UWOSA is proud to offer a bursary honouring this memorable woman. The bursary was established after her death in 1983 in order to ‘enable a woman in economic need and with some commitment to social change, to pursue post-secondary education’.

Mary Campbell was born in Saskatchewan during the Depression. From a young age, she became involved in social movements, from lowering the voting age to 18 to the rollback of prices (which led to the formation of the Consumers’ Association). After moving to London, in the 1960s she became a part of the international women’s peace network and the Ban the Bomb movement.

When women workers in London and district became involved in a couple of bitter strikes, Mary Campbell organized support for them. As President of UWOSA, Mary worked hard at attaining labour union status, believing that this would provide the best protection for members. She was also a founding member of the London Status of women Action Group.

Mary Campbell was known as a warrior, a gentle person, a good listener, and a woman of action.