2019 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners Announced!

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. The following are the Scholarship Essay Contest Winners for 2019!

Category I (for graduating high school seniors)
Essay Topic: How does a strong union affect my family and me?

1st Place Winner
Claire Green (Butler, PA)
UAW Local 3303


2nd Place Winner
Christopher Walsh (Sharpsville Area High School)
IBEW Local 712

3rd Place Winner
Jordan Lydon (Aliquippa, PA)
Hopewell Senior High School
IAFF Local 1038


Category 2 (for post-secondary students)
Essay Topic: How do judicial decisions impact the ability of unions to organize and collectively bargain?

1st Place Winner
Emily Miller (Hastings, PA)
IBEW Local 126


2nd Place Winner
Emily Hughes (McKean, PA)
IAFF Local 293


3rd Place Winner
Mary E. (Meg) Geromines
Bethel Park, PA
IUPAT District Council 57

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