OPSEU/SEFPO is pleased to announce the creation of the Fred Upshaw Scholarship in honour of Fred Upshaw.
As OPSEU/SEFPO’s President from 1990-1995, Upshaw was the first Black President of a major Canadian union. This scholarship will be offered annually, to commemorate his tireless advocacy on behalf of working people and social justice for all.
Upshaw was a registered nurse at the Whitby Psychiatric Hospital and a member of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 331. He rose through the union ranks as a steward and eventually local president. In 1980, he was elected to the OPSEU/SEFPO Executive Board and served for several years, then elected as First-Vice President/Treasurer in 1984, prior to being elected President. A fervent human rights activist to the core, Upshaw championed employment equity during his time as president.
The $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to dependents of racialized OPSEU/SEFPO members in good standing who are pursuing studies in labour relations and/or social justice and human rights.
Submissions are being accepted until June 15, 2021. For more information on the Fred Upshaw Scholarship click here.
Stay tuned for more information about other 2021 OPSEU/SEFPO scholarships by visiting the Member Education Unit webpage at https://www.opseu.org/member-education/