Esperanza Czarnecki, granddaughter of Laborers Local 397 members, awarded Madison County Federation of Labor scholarship

ESPERANZA CZARNECKI (third from right) is presented her Madison County Federation of Labor scholarship by Federation President B. Dean Webb (third from left) with her parents (from left) Shawn and Pamela Schultze, and grandparents James and Cathy Czarnecki. – Labor Tribune photo

The granddaughter of longtime union workers is this year’s recipient of the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor’s annual scholarship.

Esperanza Czarnecki, 19, of Bunker Hill received the $1,500 scholarship awarded by the federation this year. Esperanza is the daughter of John and Pamela Schultze and granddaughter of James and Cathy Czarnecki, members of Laborers Local 397.

Esperanza is already enrolled in the Carpenters Local 664 apprenticeship program, with plans to eventually own her own business and build homes. “It’s something I’ve always been interested in,” she said.

In her essay, Esperanza wrote about the importance of unions and the benefits of membership, as well as the value of the advocacy for working people. “It’s so important to keep the rights of workers safe,” she said.

Esperanza graduated from Bunker Hill High School in May. She attended the Federation’s meeting on Oct. 26 with her parents, grandparents and boyfriend Noah Thayer of Bunker Hill to receive the first check of her scholarship.

There were two winners of this year’s scholarship, according to Federation President B. Dean Webb. The other winner was not present and will be announced at a later date, he said.

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