2018 Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest

Each year, the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO offers higher education scholarships to union members and their families. This contest is supported by the State Federation, and funding is provided by union affiliates. The goal is to promote student awareness of the Labor Movement’s vital contributions to this nation’s economic, social, and political fabric.

There are two categories within the Essay Contest – one for Graduating High School Seniors, and the other for Post-Secondary Students. Each essay topic is tied to the importance of Organized Labor in the United States.

Within each category, there are three scholarships awarded, in the amounts of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000. We received 65 essays for the 2018 contest, which is more essays than we’ve received in each of the past several content years. We hope the contest continues to grow in the coming years.

Following are the 2018 Pennsylvania AFL-CIO Scholarship Essay Contest topics and winners:

Category I – High School Seniors
Addressed the question:
How do politics and legislation impact the ability to organize unions?

1st Place ($2,500):
Lea Holtz
Johnstown, PA
Affiliation: USW Local 2635
Johnstown-Somerset Central Labor Council

2nd Place ($1,500):
Parker J. Litweiler
Conneaut Lake, PA
Affiliation: USW Local 1917
Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council

3rd Place ($1,000):
Natalie J. Parry
Sharon, PA
Affiliation: USW Local 1660
Mercer County Central Labor Council

Category II – College Students
Addressed the question:
How do Supreme Court decisions and State right-to-work laws affect the future of unionism?

1st Place ($2,500):
Emily Hughes
McKean, PA
Affiliation: IAFF Local 293
Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council

2nd Place ($1,500):
Christian Precise
Philadelphia, PA
Affiliation: TWU Local 234
Philadelphia Central Labor Council

3rd Place ($1,000)
Kelsey Urban
Harborcreek, PA
Affiliation: SMWIA Local 12
Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council

Look for the 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest brochure this Fall!

We appreciate the support of our union affiliates that have provided the funding for the Scholarship Essay Contest, and we thank the judges who donated their time in reviewing the essays.