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
|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|
|Brittany D. H. Martinez, UFCW|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
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.