National Scholarship Month
November 11, 2011- Previously celebrated in May, National Scholarship Month is devoted to raising awareness about the availability of financial support for college. Scholarships are awarded by foundations, philanthropists, non-profit organizations, businesses, colleges, and labor organizations such as IBEW Local Union 21, the IBEW International, the Chicago Federation of Labor and Union Plus. More information on National Scholarship month can be found here.
IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship
Our Local union is proud to offer, on an annual basis, the IBEW Local Union 21 Scholarship Program, available to all IBEW Local Union 21 members and their immediate family. Each year, our Local awards eight winners scholarships of $1000 each. Applicants must submit their application and a 250-500 word essay describing “What can labor unions do to survive in the future.” Applications must be received by March 2nd, 2012. More information and an application can be found by clicking here.
IBEW Founders' Scholarship
Offered by the IBEW International, and to be used solely by IBEW members, the IBEW Founders' Scholarship honors the dedicated wiremen and linemen who, on November 28, 1891, organized the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. This award is for $200 per semester credit hour at any accredited college or university toward an initial bachelor's degree in an approved field. All materials must be postmarked prior to May 1 of the scholarship year. Complete rules and applications can be found by clicking here.
William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Awards
The Chicago Federation of Labor will once again offer its William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship to graduating high school seniors who belong to, or whose parents belong to, unions affiliated with the CFL. Applications will be available after January 1, 2012 at chicagolabor.org.
The CFL traditionally awards ten scholarships of $2,000 to students in two categories: academic competition and random drawing. Students may only apply in one category.
Union Plus Scholarship Program
Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2.4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 1,700 families have benefited from their commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. More information can be found here.