HOW TO APPLY!
WHO MAY APPLY: Members or children of members of local unions or children whose legal guardians are members of local unions that are affiliated with the Texas AFL-CIO and the local Central Labor Council. Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to attend a university, college or technical institute in the summer or fall term. Scholarships are one-time grants of $1,000.
Application forms are available from your Central Labor Council or the Texas AFL-CIO Education Department - P. O. Box 12727, Austin, Texas 78711. THE POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2017.
TO INSURE PROPER PROCESSING: Please be sure to list the Central Labor Council with which your parent’s or legal guardian’s local union is affiliated. Make sure the application is signed by a union officer and at least one parent or legal guardian. Include an official school transcript and if applicable, proof of legal guardianship. If you are unsure that your local union is affiliated with your local Central Labor Council, please contact one of your local union officers. PLEASE MAIL APPLICATIONS TO: TEXAS AFL-CIO EDUCATION DEPARTMENT - P. O. BOX 12727, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78711. Incomplete applications will be returned to the student .
A packet of material on organized labor will be sent to each applicant to prepare for a test about unions. If you do not receive your packet, please contact your central labor council, a local union officer, or the Texas AFL-CIO.
SELECTION PROCESS: Each Central Labor Council will arrange all interviews and tests for applicants no later than April 6, 2017. Please contact your Central Labor Council if you have not received notice of an interview by April 15, 2017. YOU MUST BE TESTED AND INTERVIEWED IN THE CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL DISTRICT IN WHICH YOUR LOCAL UNION IS AFFILIATED.
After interviews and tests are conducted, each local Central Labor Council will select semi-finalists from among their applicants. Applicant’s financial need, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, and his/her understanding of the labor movement as demonstrated by the test scores and interviews will be considered.
The statewide Scholarship Committee of the Texas AFL-CIO will select winners from among the semi-finalists. The results will be mailed to all applicants. High schools principals will receive notice of winning applicants whose name will be announced in the Texas AFL-CIO Labor News.
If you are awarded a scholarship, please contact the Texas AFL-CIO Education Department in writing or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and give us the name and address of the university, college or technical institute you plan to attend. The scholarship will be paid directly to the school of your choice upon acceptance.
For further information, contact your local union officer, Central Labor Council or Edward Sills, Texas AFL-CIO Education Department, at (512) 477-6195 or email@example.com.
2016 Scholarship Update
Thirty students from affiliated union families in Texas are receiving a $1,000 boost from the 2016 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program toward paying for their higher educations.
The long-standing program puts high school senior applicants through a process that exposes them to the basics of the labor movement. The students are tested on introductory materials on labor unions and undergo interviews with Central Labor Council scholarship committees. Besides the labor component, criteria for the awards include academic records, extracurricular activities and financial need.
Applicants for Continuing Scholarships discussed their volunteer and public service activities while in college. Five continuing scholarships were awarded to students who have previously won scholarships as high school seniors.
This year’s program considered nearly 150 applications. To be eligible, one of a student’s parents or legal guardians must be a member of a labor union that is affiliated both with its Central Labor Council and the Texas AFL-CIO.
The Texas AFL-CIO pays the one-time grants directly to college financial aid offices to be credited to the accounts of recipients. Funding of scholarships for all the semi-finalists chosen by the Central Labor Councils is made possible through the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund.
The generosity of past and current donors to the fun is continuing a tradition over the last 20 or so years in which every semi-finalist chosen by the Central Labor Council has been able to receive funding.
2016 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Recipients
Tamia Allen of Tyler. Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class at John Tyler High School, Allen plans to attend Tyler Junior College. She participated in band, National Honor Society and Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Allen is the daughter of Donny and Sandra Allen. Brother Allen is a member of American Postal Workers Union 1477. (Smith County; Texas AFL-CIO)
Cecila “Kourtney” Cheyenne Arnold of China Spring. Carrying a 3.3 grade point average at China Spring High School, Arnold plans to attend McLennan Community College. She participated in art and piano and has worked a job. Arnold is the daughter of Kylie and Jennifer Arnold. Brother Arnold is a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 72. (Central Texas; donated by American Income Life)
Juan Bruselas-Calcano of Garland. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class at North Garland High School, Bruselas-Calcano plans to attend UT-Dallas. He participated in HOSA, National Honor Society and Beta Club. Bruselas-Calcano is the son of Juan C. Bruselas-Vazquez and Carmen Calcano. Brother Bruselas-Vazquez is a member of American Federation of Government Employees 3637. (Dallas; Joe & Dorothy Gunn memorial)
Sarah Caldwell of Cedar Hill. Ranked sixth in her class at Cedar Hill Independent Collegiate High School, Caldwell plans to attend Dillard University. She participated in National Honor Society (President), Phi Beta Kappa, Dance Team, Action Team and as a co-teacher. She scored 98 on the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Test. Caldwell is the daughter of John and Crystal Caldwell. Brother Caldwell is a member of United Auto Workers 119. (Dallas; donated by AFL-CIO in memory of Joe D. Gunn)
Kallyn Ciesynski of Burleson. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at Burleson Centennial High School, Ciesynski plans to attend Tarleton State. She participated in National Honor Society, Spartan Clay Target Team, softball and hunting. Ciesynski is the daughter of Dorand and Sandy Ciesynski. Brother Ciesynski is a member of Transport Workers Union 513. (Tarrant; donated by Asbestos Workers Local 22)
Kenyarree Cofer of Palestine. Winner of a Continuing Scholarship, Cofer attends UT-Arlington. He is a youth development specialist with the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington and works with elementary school students in Mansfield. Cofer is the son of Erica Cummings. His legal guardian, Berto Clark, is a member of American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Retirees. (Anderson; donated by American Income Life)
Conrad Deller of Gladewater. Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class at Longview High School, Deller plans to attend LeTourneau University. He participated in track, cross country, National Honor Society and the Technological Students Association. Deller is the son of Ben and Linda Deller. Brother Deller is a member of International Association of Machinists 2576. (Greater East Texas; in memory of Jim Wark)
Miranda Flores of Arlington. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at Mansfield Timberview High School, Flores plans to attend UT-Arlington. She participated in marching band and recreational softball. Flores is the daughter of David Flores and Melony Christakis. Brother Flores is a member of Transport Workers Union Local 567 and Sister Christakis is a member of Transport Workers Union 513. (Tarrant; Texas AFL-CIO)
Ezekiel Garcia of San Antonio. Ranked fourth in his class at Harmony Science Academy-San Antonio, Garcia plans to attend St. Philip’s College. He participated in the mosaic art program and was a student teacher. Garcia is the son of Edward Garcia and Monica Arce Vasquez. His father, Gilbert Vasquez, is a member of Amalgamated Transit Union 694. (San Antonio; Joe & Dorothy Gunn memorial)
Kelsey Paige Hamrick of Liberty Hill. Carrying an 89 average at Liberty Hill High School, Hamrick plans to attend Schreiner University. She participated in volleyball, track, basketball, softball, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and HOSA. Hamrick is the daughter of Gregory and Dama Hamrick. Brother Hamrick is a member of United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters 286. (Austin; Texas AFL-CIO)
Tiffany Klein of La Porte. Ranked in the top 20 percent of her class at La Porte High School, Klein plans to attend Blinn College. She participated in musicals, orchestra and Senior Council. Klein is the daughter of Brad and Kimberly Hall. Brother Hall is a member of United Steelworkers 13-1. (Galveston; donated by G Hyatt Construction Inc.)
Vance Knowles of Weatherford. Ranked in the top half of his class at Weatherford High School, Knowles plans to attend Weatherford College. He participated in football, church groups and volunteering at a children’s home. Knowles is the son of Jeff and Courtney Knowles. Brother Knowles is a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 178. (Tarrant; donated by International Union of Operating Engineers Local 450)
Mitchell Kurtz of Wichita Falls. Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class at Wichita Falls High School, Kurtz plans to attend Hill College. He participated in National Honor Society, Student Council, soccer and Sons of the American Legion. Kurtz is the son of Michael and Tosha Kurtz. Brother Kurtz is a member of International Association of Machinists Local 2771. (Wichita Falls; donated by Texas State Council of Machinists in memory of George Hooper)
Alyssa LeLeux of New Braunfels. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at Canyon High School, LeLeux plans to attend UT-Austin. She participated in Key Club, National Honor Society, cross-country, track and Art Club. LeLeux is the daughter of Durice and Theresa LeLeux. Brother LeLeux is a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 520. (Austin; Texas AFL-CIO)
Lauren Lord of Pasadena. Winner of a Continuing Scholarship, Lord attends Texas State University. She attended the State Democratic Convention as a delegate, and has block-walked with Plumbers Local 68 and Pipefitters Local 211 to support COPE-endorsed candidates. Lord is the daughter of Rick and Missy Lord. Brother Lord is a member of Plumbers Local 68. (Harris; donated by Texas Building & Construction Trades Council)
Cory Mabry of Port Lavaca. Ranked sixth in his class at Calhoun High School, Mabry plans to attend Texas A&M University. He participated in 4-H, Robotics, National Honor Society and the UIL Academic Team. Mabry is the son of Chris and Mary Mabry. Brother Mabry is a member of United Steelworkers 4370. (Victoria)
Tivon Mohammed of McAllen. Ranked in the top 10 percent of his class at Memorial High School, Mohammed plans to attend UT-Rio Grande Valley. He participated in marching band, National Hispanic Institute and National Honor Society. Mohammed is the son of Clinton and Indeera Mohammed. Sister Mohammed is a member of American Federation of Teachers 6329. (Rio Grande Valley; Texas AFL-CIO)
Mallory Monroy of Abilene. Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class at Cooper High School, Monroy plans to attend Abilene Christian University. He participated in concert choir, show choir, theater, National Honor Society, church youth group and mission work. Monroy is the son of Michael and Erin Monroy. Brother Monroy is a member of Communications Workers of America 6202. (no CLC; Joe & Dorothy Gunn memorial)
Resmi Nair of Stafford. Ranked in the top third of her class at Dulles High School, Nair plans to attend the University of Houston. She participated in DECA, HOSA, National Honor Society, Student Council and Practicum of Health Sciences. Nair is the daughter of Gopakumar Bhaskaran and Soudamini Nair. Brother Bhaskaran is a member of Transport Workers Union 260. (Harris; Joe & Dorothy Gunn memorial)
Christopher O’Kelley of Dickinson. Ranked in the top 15 percent of his class at Dickinson High School, O’Kelley plans to attend UT-Tyler. He participated in band, engineering, robotics, NASA internship and church nursing home ministry. O’Kelley is the son of Michael and JoAnne O’Kelley. Brother O’Kelley is a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 66. (Harris; Texas AFL-CIO)
Garrett Oliver of Bridge City. Winner of a Continuing Scholarship, Oliver attends Lamar University. He has participated in a fundraising hunt for Jefferson County area law enforcement and their families and has advocated for more access to higher education for students in Southeast Texas. Oliver is the son of Cody and Cheri Oliver. Brother Oliver is a member of United Steelworkers 13-423. (Sabine Area; Texas AFL-CIO)
Arrian Porter of Fort Worth. Winner of a Continuing Scholarship, Porter attends the University of Houston. She participated in Get Out the Vote activities, including phone banking, in the Sylvester Turner mayoral campaign. She also helped collect donations for the Garland area tornado victims, including union members. Porter is the daughter of Arnise Porter. Sister Porter is a member of Communications Workers of America 6201. (Harris)
Ian Noah Ramos of San Antonio. Carrying a 90 GPA at Travis Early College High School, Ramos plans to attend UT-San Antonio. He participated in Meals on Wheels, Texas Burn Survivors Camp, and the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving. Ramos is the son of Paul and Cynthia Ramos. Brother Ramos is a member of Fire Fighters 624. (San Antonio)
Mia Renae Rochon of Pearland. Winner of a Continuing Scholarship, Rochon attends Baylor University. She has participated in the American Medical Students Association, which prepares students for medical school or other health-care careers, the NAACP and North Russell Hall Council, which painted a home for a deserving family. Rochon is the daughter of Michael and Shewanna Rochon. Brother Rochon is a member of United Steelworkers Local 13-1. (Harris)
Abigail Sanchez of Houston. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at North Shore Senior High, Sanchez plans to attend the University of Houston. She participated in Cosplay Club. She achieved a score of 98 on the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam. Sanchez is the daughter of Clemente and Felipa Sanchez. Brother Sanchez is a member of International Longshoremen’s Association 24. (Harris)
Jasper Stafford of Corpus Christi. A graduate of King High School, Stafford has not yet made a final decision on which college to attend. He participated in football, basketball and track. Stafford is the son of Deeon Stafford. Brother Stafford is a member of United Steelworkers 235-A. (Coastal Bend)
Russell Tuley Jr. of Canyon. Carrying an 86 average at Canyon High School, Tuley plans to attend West Texas A&M University. He participated in football and track. Tuley is the son of Russell Tuley and Mary Jo Luedecke. Brother Tuley is a member of SMART 923. (Amarillo)
Margo Warncke of Richmond. Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class at Needville High School, Warncke plans to attend Texas A&M University. She participated in Future Farmers, Student Council, Spanish Club, BETA Club, National Honor Society, volleyball, soccer and softball. Warncke is the daughter of Kenneth and Shawn Warncke. Brother Warncke is a member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 66. (Tideland)
Katie Weishaar of Terrell. Ranked sixth in her class at Terrell High School, Weishaar plans to attend UT-Austin. She participated in cheerleading and HOSA. Weishaar is the daughter of Donald and Stacy Weishaar. Brother Weishaar is a member of Iron Workers 263. (Dallas)
Kaley Werner of Port Neches. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class at Neches-Groves High School, Werner plans to attend Texas A&M University. She participated in basketball, track, Student Council, Key Club and HOSA. Werner is the daughter of David and Donna Ducote. Brother Ducote is a member of International Association of Machinists 823. (Sabine)
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