The Staff Enhancement Grant (SEG) helps to cover costs associated with the pursuit of personal development undertaken by UWSA staff members.

The SEG was the vision of Bruce Lumsden who retired as Director of Cooperative Education in June 2005. With seed donations given at his retirement, he requested that a fund be created to provide grants to Waterloo staff pursuing personal and professional development. At that time, the University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) also donated $5,000.00.


The UWSA Staff Enhancement Grant Committee reviews applications and recommends recipients for a Staff Enhancement Grant to the UWSA Board of Directors. The amount of each grant is up to $500.00.

All UWSA members are eligible to apply for a SEG. Preference may be given to individuals who have not previously received the grant. The grant will not supplement or replace routine departmental training unit development costs and responsibilities, or personal vacation.

Applications will be evaluated based on the clarity of the plan, explanation of benefits to the individual and the community, as well as a comprehensive breakdown of costs. Great applications clearly articulate how the SEG funds would be used and make a strong argument for why the proposal should be funded. 

The Staff Enhancement Grant does not typically fund the purchasing of items. If you have questions about your application, please reach out to the UWSA team. 


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