Scholarships & Awards

The Union supports members and their families by awarding two scholarships – the Phil Smyth Memorial Scholarships (applications open from 1 December to 28 February each year) and the John Beacroft Scholarship/Grant. (applications open from 1 January to 31 December each year)  We also present the Roy Byrnes Community Contribution Award each year.

Phil Smyth Scholarship

The 1997 Annual Conference resolved to allocate funds to honour the contribution to the M.E.U., and in particular the education and training of Union members, by our esteemed colleague and friend the late Phil Smyth.

Eligibility for Phil Smyth Scholarship conditioned upon union membership, maximum household income, and other factors. Please review full terms and conditions here prior to applying.

Category 1

  • Higher School Certificate

Payment of up to $1000.00 (a pro rata payment may be awarded) to assist low income employees by providing financial support for own child undertaking the Higher School Certificate.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent/guardian (member) will be awarded; however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded

A maximum of four (4) Awards at 1,000 each or up to $4,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Category 2

  • Tertiary Education
  • Industrial Relations Studies or
  • Local Government Foundation Studies Operation

The Union will contribute up to $1,000 towards fees, and text expenses for members or their child undertaking Industrial Relation Courses at TAFE or in providing access for members to undertake modules in the Operational Certificates.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent member; however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded to one family.

A Maximum of four (3) Awards or up to $3,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Category 3

  • University Studies

The Union will contribute up to $1,000 towards university fees or books for those members or the son/daughter completing a semester of study or continuing their professional education program. Preference will be afforded to applications that identify a leaning towards industrial or political study.

A maximum of one Scholarship per parent (member); however, where both parents are members of the Union and meet the required criteria up to two scholarships may be awarded to one family

A Maximum of four (3) Awards or up to $3000 per annum will be paid under this category.

Category 4

  • Industry Scholarship Contribution

This grant is provided to an Industry project that assists in the educational development of a member into middle and senior management.

This scholarship is applicable to members (self) only.

A maximum of one (1) Award or up to $2,000 per annum will be paid under this category.

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Application forms will be available for downloading from 1 December every year for submission by 28 February of the following year.

Applications for the 2021 Phil Smyth scholarship are now closed.

John Beacroft Scholarship

The John Beacroft Scholarship/Grant is awarded to United Services Union Members (or dependants), who demonstrate outstanding sporting attributes and with ambitions for higher achievements in the sport arena. The scholarship will meet expenses related to the sporting ambition.

Recipients will embody the values and high standards of integrity that John Beacroft represented. Please review full terms and conditions here prior to applying.

Grant Value
A total grant of $3,000.00 per annum will be awarded with a minimum grant being $200 and the maximum grant being $1,000.00 per applicant per annum.

Grants will be open from 1st January to 31st December of each year and will be approved at each Executive Meeting until funds for that year are exhausted. Nothing in this policy prohibits the Executive of the Union granting a special application for payment of the benefit beyond allocated total amount; and, or set conditions.

Examples of Activities (however, not limited to):

Representing any sport at elite level be it regional, state, national or international

  • Water Sports
  • Martial Arts
  • Football, soccer, basketball etc.
  • Gymnastics
  • Snow Sports
  • Cycling, mountain biking etc.

DOWNLOAD POLICY STATEMENT, FULL CONDITIONS AND APPLICATION FORM HERE

Applications for the 2021 John Beacroft scholarships are open from 1 January 2021 – 31 December 2021.

Roy Byrnes Community Contribution Award

The Roy Byrnes Award, in recognition of Roy’s outstanding community efforts, is awarded to members or groups of members who have provided an outstanding Community contribution.

Why we honour Roy:

In December 2009 the Union and community were greatly saddened by the sudden passing of United Services Union Organiser, Roy Byrnes. Roy had worked as a full-time official for the USU for two years, after being an active delegate for many years at the City of Sydney Council. Roy was also a proud member of the Sydney Branch Committee of Management.

Roy was a strong community leader who was always the first to lend a hand no matter how big or small the job, regardless of the time of the day.

Roy collected for the Salvation Army, letter-boxed and campaigned for the ALP and ran raffles to raise money for a range of high profile charities. He would lend a hand to any community member to move furniture, fix their computers or just assist individuals to complete documentation such as tax returns.

In recognition of Roy’s outstanding community efforts the USU and Sydney Branch developed an annual Award endorsed by the State Executive that recognises individuals’ selfless contribution to their community. The award is known as the “Roy Byrnes Community Contribution Award”.

Yearly award:
Each year the Union, via the United magazine and the Union web page, calls on members to nominate themselves, other members or groups of members who have, over the previous 12 months, provided an outstanding Community contribution.

The winner will be selected and be presented with a specially made plaque (engraved with their name).

For more information contact the USU Support Team on 1300 136 604.