Ufcw Local 1000a Scholarship Essay

S. Frank “Bud” Raftery
IUPAT Member 1935–1986
General President March 1965–June 1984
At the 25th General Convention held in Washington, D.C., in August 1984, a resolution was passed creating the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund in honor of his service to the International Union, his accomplishments and his progressive thinking.

At the 27th General Convention held in Washington, D.C., in August 1994, then General President A. L. “Mike” Monroe and the General Executive Board, who strongly believed in the principles for which the scholarship was created, passed another resolution to increase the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund to $20,000.00, allowing for 10 scholarships of $2,000 annually.

All sons, daughter and legal dependants of IUPAT members in good standing are eligible to apply for this scholarship award.

All applicants must submit an essay, not less than 1,000 or more than 2,000 words on an essay topic chosen by the IUPAT Scholarship Committee. Contact your district council or local union for more information on how to apply.

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A.L. “Mike” Monroe/Ralph D. Williams, III Sports Scholarship
At the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades’ convention in 1999, the A.L. “Mike” Monroe / Ralph D. Williams, III Sports Scholarship was introduced and ratified into the union constitution. This groundbreaking program was created to offer student athletes the opportunity to pursue their athletic ambitions while earning an advanced educational degree at the academic institution of their choosing.

The namesakes of this new scholarship program were both accomplished boxers as teenagers. In fact, Williams was elected into the Pennsylvania State Boxing Hall of Fame as well as being an avid football player. Yet, despite their athletic talent, neither man had the resources to attend college and instead joined the trades at a young age. This scholarship, named in their honor, will give IUPAT members’ sons and daughters the chance for the education they never attained.

Scholarship applications must be submitted by September 1st of this year. A four-member committee consisting of a representative from each region will review the applications. One applicant will be chosen from each region to receive the scholarship (a committee member will not vote on his/her own region).

One grant of $5,000 will be awarded to the selected school of each successful candidate for his/her education. Those who receive the scholarship are not eligible to apply for additional gifts under this program.

All applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered:

– He/she must be a legal dependant of an IUPAT member.
– The award is contingent upon the student enrolling in the school of their choice within one year of the award date or the   award is forfeited.
– Applicant must supply a high school transcript.
– Applicant must supply a complete history of athletic participation and special recognition in high school.
– Applicant must be registered with the NCAA Clearing House and declare the athletic program in which he/she will be   participating.
– A letter of recommendation must be submitted from the coach or athletic director of the institution the applicant has been   accepted and has chosen to attend.
– A complete record of additional financial aid the student is receiving must be submitted.

Please submit your applications to:
IUPAT- A.L. “Mike” Monroe/Ralph D. Williams III Sports Scholarship
7234 Parkway Drive
Hanover, MD 2107

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The Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

Over 2,800 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) See eligibility in the tab below.

The Facts 


Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2019.  See more details on eligibility in the tab below.

Evaluation Criteria

This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators

Application Timeline

Applications are available starting in mid-June, and a complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts

Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2019. Students may re-apply each year.

Introducing Isaiah's Award

Union Plus is proud to announce the creation of Isaiah's Award, to honor the exceptional life of Isaiah C., a beloved child, fostered and adopted by a current, long-time employee of Union Plus.  Isaiah was a smart, talented, spiritual, generous and kind young man. It is our wish that his gentle spirit live on, in part, through this namesake scholarship.

Applicants for Isaiah's Award must have a special connection to the foster care system, and will be asked in their application to describe their personal, employment, volunteer experiences, or career goals related to the foster care system. 

Award Date

The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of scholarship awards by May 31 each year. During the first week of June award recipients will be individually notified by mail, and all applicants will be sent an email with notification that the award list is posted.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we cannot provide any information on the status of an application before award announcements are made.

Outstanding Scholarship Recipients

The students selected for university, college, trade or technical school scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive since we receive over 5,000 applications each year.

The Union Plus Education Foundation

The Union Plus Education Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in scholarships to students of union families. Over 2,800 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

With the help of donations from union supporters, the Foundation can help even more union families attain their education goals. Learn more about the Union Plus Education Foundation.

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