2019 Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Meet the Winners

The Union Plus Scholarship Program has provided more than 25 years of higher education support for working families

The Union Plus Scholarship program is an example of the U.S. labor movement's commitment to higher education. Learn more about the Learn more about the scholarship.

Since 1992, Union Privilege, through the Union Plus Scholarship program has helped fulfill the educational dreams of students representing more than 13 million working families across the nation.

The Union Plus Scholarship awards are presented annually to union members or members of their families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

In 2019, 108 union members and union family members have been awarded $170,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.

2019 Scholarship Winners

$4,000 Winners

Riley S. Blankenship, IBEW Claire E. Harmon, IBEW
Nicholas J. Brennan, USW Simone McDaniels, AFT
Jacob E. Dodd, AFT Taylor C. Miller, TCU-IAM
Guadalupe Godinez, UFCW Helen R. Tamrat, IBT
Troy Hall, CSEA Mia T. Wilson, UAW


$3,500 Winners

Brittany D. H. Martinez, UFCW


$3,000 Winners

Benjamin J. Falcon, CWA Marcus W. Sledge, AFGE
N’Jhari Z. A. Jackson, AFGE MacKenzie N. Smith, BLET
Taylor L. Kellogg, USW Christopher D. Unruh, AFSCME
Sharon L. Pantano, CWA Rachel S. Wagner, ALPA
Juan J. Rodriguez, UFW  


$2,000 Winner

Jordan S. Bethea, CWA Melissa M. Ertl, USW / AFSCME
Aileen B. Coen, IBEW Jed D. Glover, AFT
Francesca C. Guthrie, AFM Karina Stepanova, TWU
Priyanka Kumar, AFT Oswaldo E. Subillaga, SEIU


$1,500 Winners

Abby J. Abrahamson, AFM / AFT Tiffany Kobaissi, CSEA
Taylor J. Arluck, CWA Ginger L. Noble, AFSCME
Anika Daniels-Osaze, AFT / SMART Tyler A. Willis, SEIU / AFSCME
Melody Gonzalez, CSEA  


$1,000 Winners

Kim Adam, AFSCME / AFT Daniel Looney, AFT
Nicole I. Ambrosio, CWA Sharon Lopez, LIUNA
Payton D. Amend, UFCW Lydia Luginbuhl, IBEW
Maya S. Anderson, AEA / SAG-AFTRA Madelyn S. Martinez, IAFF
Kyleigh S. Bell, AFT / SAG-AFTRA Cameron A. McGrew, BMWED
Kaci Bradish, USW Beth M. McIlquham, IBEW
Victoria L. Carson, IBEW Ashley L. McMahan, IBT
Bailey M. Caskey, AFSCME Helen G. Meyer, IUPAT
Cynthia Castro, IAFF Kyra Naftel, CSEA
Alexander D. Comshaw-Arnold, IUOE Kaitlyn M. Neal, IAM
Michela M. Correale, NALC Sean P. Nolan, IUOE
Luke J. Cowart, IUOE Maycie J. D. Norman, AFA-CWA / IBT
Johannah E. Cummines, AFT Edgar O’Connell, AFT
Alyxandria J. Curran-Lewis, IATSE Anthony K. O’Leary, SEIU
Katherine Curtis, AFSCME Becca Olson, SEIU
Sofia M. de Leon, NPMHU / SMART Dominic Osciak, BLET
Megan L. Del Vecchio, IAFF / UAW Chayce H. Perlis, CSEA
Alicia C. Dinh, IBB Daemon Pierskalla, AFT
Deaira A. Dorsey Brown, AFSCME Zachary H. Rambo, OPEIU
Sean P. Doyle, IBEW Keelan S. Rice, AFSCME
Reiley M. Drake, IBEW David Sadowski, CWA
Madelyn N. Duling, UAW Krystal M. Schmidt, SEIU
Nasser Elhajjaoui, CSEA Shad Sellers, TCU-IAM
Lilyana P. Gabrielse, SEIU Geordan Shaffer, TCU-IAM
Carlee R. Gambrall, IBT / UAW Connor J. Sibley, AFSCME
Selma E. Gezlev, BAC / AFT Audrey Soe, NALC
Marisol Gomez Marrufo, UFCW Sarah Soliman, IAM
Rachel E. Goodle, UA Victoria H. Solkovits, AFT
Dyanna B. Gutierrez, CWA Madeline J. Springate, AFSCME
Elisa A. Hidrogo, CSEA Leigh Anne Tiffany, IBEW
Gavin K. Jackson, BAC Paul Vernier, AFSCME
Aubrey A. Jasso, CSEA T’arie Vincent, UAW
Paige M. Johll, BMWED Julia R. Walli, IUOE / UFCW
Darren J. Klaas, IBEW Haoyi Wang, AFT
Payton Leintz, IBEW Christopher Washington, AFGE
Andrea Linsmeier, LIUNA Chelsea T. Yearwood, UA
Sophie B. Long, CSEA  

Challenging Process

The students selected for awards represent a wide sampling of demographics, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. Representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities judged the applications.

According to the judges, the caliber of students this year made the selection process very challenging. The students are from diverse backgrounds, and as a whole, they received top SAT scores, were well-rounded in their studies and extracurricular activities, and they understood the value of working families and union membership.

How the Scholarship Program Works

In addition to demonstrated academic ability, applicants submitted essays describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the labor movement, and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

The program is open to union members, their spouses and dependent children of unions that are participating in any Union Plus program. Individuals must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus program to apply.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.


Each year, the application deadline is January 31 and the chosen scholarship recipients' are notified by mail on May 31. All applicants are notified when the award winner list is posted in early June. 

The 2019 Application will be available in mid-June, 2019.