Amaya Marion has been awarded the second $500 William “Bill” Stodghill Scholarship from the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI) St. Louis Chapter.
Marion, an honor student from Kirkwood High School, will be attending Stanford University this fall. She is the niece of Adie Phillips, a Machinists District 837 member.
Marion and other applicants were required to write an essay on Labor unionist and civil rights activist A. Philip Randolph, who in 1925 organized and led the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the first predominantly African-American labor union.
“She did an excellent job on her essay, which is why she won the scholarship,” said Keith Robinson, president of the APRI St. Louis Chapter.
The scholarship is named after Stodghill, who was an active, innovative Labor leader in St. Louis in the 1980s and ’90s, known for his fights on behalf of nursing home workers, janitors and the “unseen workforce.” He died following an extensive illness in July 2005.