Awards / Scholarships


Dear Local President,

I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the John Belcarz / Dan Zeidler post-secondary education/training memorial scholarships. Two scholarships of $1,000 each are available.

The accompanying attachments contain a poster and application form in English and French (also available on our website:
Please circulate this information to your members.
In solidarity,
Martin O’Hanlon
President, CWA/SCA Canada


2017 – The David S. Barr Award

The attached has been forwarded on behalf of The Newspaper Guild office in Washington.

Deadline for all entries must be postmark by no later than January 31, 2017

The David S. Barr Award, for high school and college journalists, recognizes reporting that promotes issues of importance to working people and contributes to the pursuit of justice and fairness. The Barr Award honors a long-time Guild attorney and mentor.


DAVID S. BARR was much more than a lawyer to those privileged to know and work with him. He was the Guild’s mentor, advisor, role model, institutional memory and friend. Before starting his own practice and representing our union and others, Barr was a National Labor Relations Board attorney. He was passionate about justice and fairness and viewed journalists as agents of those virtues. In his name, The NewsGuild-CWA awards annual scholarships to one high school and one college student journalist whose work focuses on issues of social justice. Barr had represented the Guild for more than 20 years when he died of a heart attack in 1997 at the age of 61.


* To inspire a new generation of journalists by recognizing work that contributes        to the pursuit of justice and fairness.

* To promote issues of importance to working people.

* To serve as a lasting memorial and tribute to David S. Barr.


All entries must be postmarked by TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017.

Only entries published or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2016, and Dec. 31, 2016 are eligible.


Download it HERE.


The contest is open to high school students, including those enrolled in vocational, technical or special education programs; and part-time or full-time college students, including those in community colleges and in graduate programs.

Students who have worked or are working as professional journalists – excluding internships — are not eligible to enter.


High school winner: $1,000

College winner: $1,500


Entries will be judged by a panel of at least three professional journalists.


Each student journalist is limited to one entry.

Entries must be accompanied by a summary of the work being submitted.

One original copy of the entry must be submitted, if it was published in print, along with four photocopies.

For entries published online only, submit five good-quality printouts/copies.

For broadcast entries, submit five copies in digital format (flash drives/DVDs).

The publication date of each entry must be clearly visible.

For all entries, if the work is still available online, please include the link in your summary.

A signed, official application form must be attached to each copy of each entry.

Failure to provide all documents as described will result in ineligibility.

All entries become the property of the David S. Barr Award Committee.


David S. Barr Award

The NewsGuild-CWA

501 Third Street, N.W.

Washington DC  20001-2797


Call us at (202) 434-7177.

The Awards and Scholarships below are linked from the
CWA Canada web site

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to read all the Awards/Scholarships available.