2017 Union Plus Scholarship Winners

Meet the Winners

The Union Plus Scholarship Program has provided more than two decades 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 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 2017, 106 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.

2017 Scholarship Winners

$4,000 Winners

Mona M. Abutouk
AFT
Melody B. Kosik
CWA
Serena N. Allen
AFSCME
Michael J. Liptrot
AFGE
Keefer L. G. Brown
AFSCME
Simone McDaniels
AFT
Jane Brusilovsky
APWU
Kiani Nishimoto
IBEW
Ashlyn B. Darnell
IUOE / AFT
Maycie J. D. Norman
IBT / AFA-CWA
Evan E. Eckel
ALPA
Devin C. Romines
AFT
Nicholas Horstmann
UFCW
 

 



$3,000 Winners

Brooke A. Galko
IAM
Corey Ingemanson
LIUNA
Jeana Kim
AFSCME

 



$2,000 Winners

Alexander A. Eirea
OPEIU
Ashley L. McMahan
IBT
Robert J. Glassman
AFT
Anna M. Poslednik
CWA
Alex V. Hammond
IBT / AFSCME
Rebecca M. Price
UFCW
Breanna K. Kjoll
IUOE
Misty D. Sanchez
AFSCME
Talya K. Klinger
AFT
Ken G. Tanaka
AFSCME

 



$1,500 Winner

Brittany T. Thompson
IBEW

 



$1,000 Winners

Andrew Ackerman
AFT
Natalie Dillon
CSEA
Lara L. Aguiar
AFGE
Nicole R. Doyle
AFSCME
Gail Alexander
AFGE
Samuel C. Fountain
AFSCME
Joy H. Al-Nemri
CSEA-AFSCME
Anna Gillis
LIUNA
Jennifer J. Anderson
BLET
Allison R. Gootee
UAW
Colby Atkinson
AFGE
Kristin L. Joham
AFM
Shannen Rikki I. Barrameda
AFSCME
Amber L. Kenis
AFT
John R. Barrett
IBEW
Piper J. Knudson
AFSCME
Albani I. Berryhill
UFCW
Nicholas R. Lake
IAFF
Megan Bott
AFT
Stephen F. Lockard
IUPA
Danielle R. Boudrow
AFSCME / HFIU
Cassondra M. Lyman
AFT
Olivia M. Boysel
IBEW
Jacob D. McErlean
AFGE
Jaylen T. Bradley
AFT
Meghan R. Miller
UFCW
Mackenzie C. Brooks
IUOE
Jack W. Moseley
AFGE
Shannon Burns
IBEW
Christopher H. V. Pham
IUOE
Courtney Byrnes
USW
Riley M. Richardson
IBEW
Savannah L. Campbell
SEIU
Ronniesha L. C. Samuels-Lawrence SEIU
Allison J. Carlson
SAG-AFTRA / IBT
Ashley M. Sembach
AFT
Victoria L. Carson
IBEW
Chloe R. Sergent
AFT
Kyle D. Causey
USW
Victoria H. Solkovits
AFT
Reagan M. Cloutier
AFT
David C. Tegtmeyer
NALC / IBT
Alexander D. Comshaw-Arnold
IUOE
Todd E. Vachon
UAW / SEIU
Kara E. Conley
AFT
Ashley A. Vitiello
AFT
Seth A. Cunningham
AFGE
Ivy Vuong
APWU
Anastasia M. Cusack-Mercedez
AFSCME / SAG-AFTRA
Alyssa Walsh
SEIU
Robert J. D’Armiento
CWA
Leigha Woelffer
USW
Brittany Dein
AFT
Nicole D. P. Wynne
USW


$750 Winners

Ryan J. Erickson
IBEW
Randall B. Morris
SAG-AFTRA / IBT
Skyla Heise
BRS
Summer A. Pabon
CWA
Alyssa R. Menko
NALC
Cole Solem
IBEW
Alyssa K. Modos
UFCW
Rylee L. Walter
IBT
Maria G. Molinero Cazares
UFW
Riley Wood
IATSE
Benjamin Gort
AFT / AFSCM
Dan C. Young, III
IAFF

 



$500 Winners

Kailey E. Carper
IAM
Macy Janssen
UAW
Olivia Celinski
AFT
Rachel M. Mannen
UA / CWA
Natelie G. Chappell
IBT
Mark A. McGreal
UWUA
Aaron M. Clapp
UAW
Adrian D. Noel
UFCW
Haley N. Donaldson
UFCW
Kennedy N. Shockley
IBEW
Chelsea R. Doneghy
CWA
Madison R. Tarsi
IBEW
Elizabeth M. Fishler
USW
 

 



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.

Applications

Each year, the application deadline is January 31 and chosen scholarship recipients' names are announced May 31. All applicants are notified when the award winner list is posted in early June. The 2018 Application will be available in mid-June.