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James Pon Memorial Award Scholarship

The Foundation to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada (FCCRWC) is a registered charitable organization. The goals of the foundation include promoting the understanding and awareness of the contribution to Canada by the Chinese Railroad Workers who participated in the construction of the first transcontinental railway (the CPR) that united Canada geographically and politically; promoting the awareness of the government's legislation of unjust Immigration Acts against the Chinese pioneers and their families; establishing scholarships; and sponsoring other Canadian charitable organizations to promote Chinese Canadian History.

The Foundation would like to encourage a deeper understanding of Chinese Canadian history by offering a cash award to the top three essays received annually for this scholarship contest.

How to Enter: Submit an essay (1000-1500 words) about the history of Chinese people in Canada and their contributions to the construction of the railroad and to this country; and how this relates to your family's history and experience of being in Canada.

Submission should be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word or PDF format by email to Please include your full name, email contact information, name of the school and program you will be enrolled in.

Prizes: Three (3) Prizes will be awarded.

  • 1st Prize: $500
  • 2nd Prize: $300
  • 3rd Prize: $200

Judging: Essays will be judged by a committee selected by the FCCRWC Board of Directors. Judges will be looking for:

  • Historical accuracy;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the contribution of the Chinese community to theconstruction of the railroad in Canada;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the historical treatment of the Chinese community by theCanadian community and Canadian government; and
  • Ability to connect the early Chinese immigrant experience in Canada with the author’spersonal experience or family history.

Deadline: May 31, 2014. Winners will be contacted in late June 2014.

Eligibility: Entrants for this scholarship must be enrolled in a post secondary education program (college or university) in Canada for September 2014.

Promotion: By entering this contest entrants agree to having their essay posted on our website or other online or print media for the purpose of historical education. Winners will be announced at ourannual wreath laying ceremony at the Chinese Railroad Workers Memorial in Toronto on Canada Day. The first place winning essay will be read at this event.

Resources: For more information about the Foundation and the history of Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada please visit The Ties That Bind project.

Saturday, May 31, 2014