This story was initially posted on December 3, 2018.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will be accepting applications for the 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest. All entries must be submitted or postmarked by February 15, 2019.
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 2018 Scholarship Contest include Lea Holtz (USW Local 2635), Parker J. Litweiler (USW Local 1917), Natalie J. Parry (USW Local 1660), Emily Hughes (IAFF Local 293), Christian Precise (TWU Local 234), and Kelsey Urban (SMWIA Local 12).
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 strong unions on working families, and how the impact of Supreme Court decisions affect the ability of unions to organize and collectively bargain.
Congratulations on a job well done and good luck in future endeavors to all winners of this years’ scholarship essay contest! Check out the 2019 brochure as you may have an opportunity yourself in winning next year!