Student Awards


In memory of Charles Biesick, longtime editor of the Manitoba Commonwealth, his friends and associates, have established an award fund at The University of Manitoba.

From this fund, effective with the spring series of examinations 1985, an annual award will be available to a student who has completed with high standing at least two courses in the Labour Studies Program and who proceeds in the next ensuing academic year with any of (a) general major, (b) advance major, or (c) minor in Labour Studies.  In the initial year of award, its value will be $500.  If either or both of earnings on, or additions to, the fund permit, the value of the award will be increased in subsequent years.



The Wind-Up Committee of the People's Co-operative Limited has established a fund at the Winnipeg Foundation which will support an annual award at the University of Manitoba, valued initially at $250.  The purpose of this fund is to encourage and reward interest and excellence in progressive labour studies, including co-operatives.  This fund was established by the People's Co-operative Limited (1928-1992) as a legacy to the Co-operatives immigrant founders, who saw education as an important aim of the People's Co-op.

The $250 award shall be offered each year (first in 2001) to an undergraduate student who:

1.  has selected either a General Major or the Advanced major program in Labour Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba and has successfully completed at last 9 credit hours in courses leading toward this degree (can be full- or part-time student);

2.  has demonstrated proficiency in and commitment to progressive labour studies.

William Robert Kernaghan Memorial Scholarship

(for a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts with excellent academic standing who is enrolled in the Major or Advanced Major of the Labour Studies program and has completed a minimum of 12 credit hours of Labour Studies courses)

William Robert Kernaghan Memorial Bursary

William Robert Kernaghan (B.A./02) has generously bequeathed $115,000 to establish two bursaries in his name.  The purpose of the William Robert Kernaghan Memorial Bursary in Labour Studies is to support undergraduate students in the Labour studies program.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, half (50%) of the available annual income from the fund will be used to offer one bursary to an undergraduate student who:

1. is enrolled full-time (minimum 60% course load) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Manitoba;

2. has achieved a minimum degree grade point average of 2.5;

3. has completed a minimum of 9 credit hours in the Labour Studies program;

4. has demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form.