Each year, two UWUA members’ children are awarded college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The Scholarship Program maintains the legacy started by a group of delegates at the 10th Constitutional Convention in 1959. The delegates proposed that scholarships be reserved only for children of UWUA members in good standing, and only to those high school students graduating and starting college in the same year that award recipients are selected.
Since the annual award runs four consecutive years, eight scholarships are always active.
The amount per year can be a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,000. NMSC decides the yearly stipend, depending on the school the student is attending, the family financial situation, and other factors they take into consideration.
This year’s winners are:
Samantha Alaimo is the daughter of Alfonso Alaimo, a Local 1-2 member who works in Energy Services at Con Ed. Samantha is now attending the University of New Haven, CT, where she will major in Marine Biology and minor in mathematics. She enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and biking. She would love to eventually settle down in Italy where her family is from.
The other winner of the UWUA scholarship is Julia Codere, the daughter of Michael Codere from
Local 470-1. Julia is attending the University of Maryland, in College Park, MD.
Union Plus Scholarship winner
In addition to the UWUA Scholarship, the children of members in good standing are eligible to apply for the Union Plus Scholarship Program. Offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege, the scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students of U.S. accredited colleges, universities, community colleges, technical or trade schools. This program provides scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 for winning candidates.
This year, Mark McGreal, son of John McGreal from Local 246, won a Union Plus Scholarship.
Congratulations to all the winners.