Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest

Scholarship Essay Contest_Page_1The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be accepting applications for the 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest.  All entries must be submitted or postmarked by January 31, 2017.

Every year the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO offers scholarships to affiliated union members and their families. The criteria for entering are broken up into two categories with different topics for each surrounding an opportunity for students to learn more about the importance of Organized Labor in America. Within each category, there are three scholarships awarded in the amounts of $2000, $1000 and $500. We received 54 essays for the 2016 contest and can only hope this continues to build as we offer our scholarships for a higher education to our members and their families. This year’s winners consisted of union members and other family members from the following affiliates: TWU Local 234, USW Local 1537, USW Local 2227, AFT Local 1437, AFSCME Local 2524, and SMART Local 12. We are happy to announce the winners of the annual scholarship essay contest for 2016.

Category I was geared towards graduating high school seniors regarding how politics and legislation impact the ability to organize unions. The winning essays belonged to Devin Rossi, Abigail Young, and Jacob Howie. Category II was directed at all post-secondary students regarding how Supreme Court decisions and state right-to-work laws affect the future of unionism. Scholarships were awarded in this category to Albert Peters, Laura Hilliker, and Madison Long.

Congratulations on a job well done and good luck in future endeavors to all winners of this years’ scholarship essay contest! Check out the 2017 brochure as you may have an opportunity yourself in winning next year!