November 20, 2008

CHICAGO (Nov. 10)—The Chicago Federation of Labor (CFL) said it will offer five academic-based scholarships and five random-drawing scholarships next year to students who have a parent in a CFL-affiliated local, or are themselves a member of such a local. Each scholarship is worth $2,000.

Three UTU locals—Nos. 577, 1534 and 1973—have the necessary affiliation.

“This is an excellent chance for students from eligible UTU families to reduce the cost of their college education,” said UTU Illinois Legislative Director Joseph C. Szabo. “In these challenging economic times families need all the help they can get with college financing, which is why the CFL chose to increase the value of next year’s scholarships from $1,500-$2,000.”

The scholarships are part of the CFL’s William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Awards, named for the CFL president from 1954 to 1984. The program is now in its 26th year.

A CFL spokesman said students may apply either for the academic-based scholarship, which is based on a student’s grade-point average plus other criteria, or for the randomly awarded scholarship, which is based on a drawing. Applying in both categories is not permitted.

Completed applications must be returned to the Chicago Federation of Labor, William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Committee, 130 E. Randolph St., Suite 2600, Chicago, IL 60601. All applications must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2009.