2018 Scholarship Essay Contest

Screen Shot 2017-11-20 at 3.51.15 PMThe Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be accepting applications for the 2018 Scholarship Essay Contest.  All entries must be submitted or postmarked by January 31, 2018.

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 $2,000, $1,000 and $500. We hope to build on this opportunity for a higher education to our members and their families.  Winners from the 2017 Scholarship Contest include: Brooke Romberger (AFT Local 1417), Joclyn Day (APWU Local 175), Ashton Altman (USW Local 5852), Deborah Griffith (AFGE Local 1966), Alyssa Rosencrance (Sheetmetal Workers Local 12), Jamaal Craig (USW Local 3657).

There are two categories for scholarship applicants: graduating high school seniors (Category 1) and post-secondary students (Category 2). This year’s topics explore the impact of politics and legislation on organizing, and the impact of Supreme Court decisions and state-level ‘right-to-work’ laws on the future of the union movement. 

Congratulations on a job well-done and good luck in future endeavors to all winners of this years’ scholarship essay contest! Check out the 2018 brochure as you may have an opportunity yourself in winning next year!