The Robert J. Watson National Bursary Program

Welcome to the application site for the Robert J. Watson National Bursary! If your parent is a member of one of Canada’s construction and building trades unions whose local union has within its jurisdiction a General Presidents’ Maintenance Agreement or a National Maintenance Agreement you could win a $2000 bursary toward your higher education.

Learn more about the bursary and eligibility requirements on the Regulations page, then submit your application on this site!


The list of winners for the 2020 RJW Bursary draw can be found by clicking here.


The Bursary is offered annually through the General Presidents’ Maintenance Committee / National  Maintenance Council, an alliance of International Building Trades Unions that negotiates and administers labour agreements tailored for maintenance work at industrial plants in Canada.

It is named after Bob Watson, who was a United Association International Representative and the long-time Canadian Chairman of the GPMC/NMC. Bob was instrumental in the development of the Building Trades Union contract maintenance industry.

It is through the hard work and dedication of Union Representatives like Bob that we are able to offer this Bursary to assist union families in the high cost of post-secondary education.

Apply for the 2020-2021 Acadmemic Year – financial support for school is just a few clicks away!