Scholarship Opportunities

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2020 NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Program

This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance. Members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three scholarships will be awarded; one for $1,500, one for $1,000 and one for $750. Additional prizes may be awarded contingent on funding available.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 750-1,000 word (3 to 4 pages double-spaced) essay in response to the following statement and ALL of the prompts:

Given all that has happened in 2020, the elections on both the state and federal level have taken on greater urgency. We are facing a triple crises of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic inequality exacerbated by the pandemic and a long-deferred need to genuinely address racial injustice in our country. The people we elect will make decisions that directly affect our health and safety, at school and in the workplace. They will also determine whether we live up to our values, that all Americans should be treated equally.

Since voting is so important, what do you think should be done to ensure every citizen can exercise his or her right to vote in Nov. 2020 without endangering their lives? Are there better solutions than in-person voting, and voting on election day only? If voting is not done in person, how do we account for election security and making sure that our votes are counted? How can we make sure that the voices of working people are heard in this election?

Essays will be judged on understanding, writing style, and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities. Two copies of the essay must be submitted – one may be a photocopy. All wording identifying the union member or the name of the member’s union will be redacted, so please avoid use of such identifying information in your essay.

Those eligible are members in good standing, or the spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of a member in good standing, of unions affiliated with the NH AFL-CIO. The union member must live or work in New Hampshire.

A completed application form must be verified by Local 4 officials and must accompany the essay. Forms are available from Forms are available from Local 4 or the NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106 (or call 603-623-7302).

The scholarship award(s) will be announced on or before August 17, 2020. Winners will also be honored by the NH-AFL-CIO’s on Labor Day.

Winners must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment in a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school for the fall semester, 2019. Essays and application forms must be received by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, no later than 4:00 p.m., MONDAY, July 27, 2020 at NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106

Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Trust Funds Scholarships

Any Local 4 member, child, grandchild, or spouse is eligible to apply for one of two scholarships offered by the Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Trust Funds (MCTHTF):

  • Colleen Sullivan Memorial Nursing Vocation Scholarship – for those enrolled in or accepted as an undergraduate student by an accredited nursing program.
  • Lou Sarno Memorial Scholarship – for those enrolled in or accepted as an undergraduate student by an accredited college or university.

Both scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 for up to four (4) consecutive years of undergraduate study.

All candidates must submit an application, essay, and an official school transcript to be considered.

Review additional eligibility and application criteria at the MA Coalition of Taft-Hartley Trust Funds website.

Lou Sarno Memorial Scholarship

Lou Sarno Application
Lou Sarno Guide

Colleen Sullivan Memorial Nursing Vocation Scholarship

Sullivan Application
Sullivan Guide

Local 4 SAC Scholarships

We award $2,500 scholarships each year to two high school seniors planning to attend college. Members generously fund these opportunities through a voluntary five-cent per hour payroll deduction.

To apply, a student must be a son or daughter of a member who regularly contributes to the SAC Scholarship Fund and be in good standing with respect to dues, including dues check-off.

For more information on how to apply, call the Union Hall 508-533-1433 ext. 412.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarships

The Massachusetts AFL-CIO and its affiliated unions proudly award $500,000 of scholarships to high school students pursuing trade unions program or college and university each year. Scholarships range from $500 to $16,000. For more information, click here.

Central MA AFL-CIO Scholarships

The AFL-CIO of Central Massachusetts awards six $1,000 scholarships and several additional $500 and $1,000 Platinum-sponsored scholarships each year. The scholarship recipients will be drawn by lottery at the May Community Services Committee meeting and the winners will be announced at the Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament on Friday, June 5, 2020.

To be eligible, students must be a 2020 graduating high school senior going on to college and a member or child/grandchild of a member of a local that is affiliated with the Central MA AFL/CIO. Union members must live or work in the jurisdiction of the Central MA AFL/CIO.

For more information, read the below forms:

Scholarship Requirements
Scholarship Application