Madison County Federation of Labor will award two $1,500 scholarships in annual essay contest

Union members, spouses, children or grandchildren of members of unions affiliated with the Greater Madison County Federation of Labor will compete this spring for up to two $1,500 scholarships in the Federation’s 30th Annual John A. Broyer/Jack Greer Memorial Scholarship essay contest held in June.

The scholarships can be applied to help cover college expenses up to bachelor’s degree level at an accredited college or university or approved union trade program.

Applicants are asked to write an essay about a topic related to the Labor Movement. This year’s topic is “How does a union contract protect you or your family? How is it different from what a non-union worker encounters on the job? Why is it important to protect the rights of workers?”

The essays will be written within three hours at the Machinists’ Hall, 161 Shamrock St., East Alton.

Competitors may bring a dictionary and writing equipment, but no articles, books, computers, essays, notes, outlines, reference material or typewriters. The Federation will provide paper.

Cell phones must be turned off.

Each essay is limited to five pages and will be evaluated by at least two independent judges. If no essay is of sufficient quality, no scholarships will be awarded.

Eligible participants include local members, their spouses, daughters, sons, grandchildren and wards. Children and legal wards are eligible up to age 26. Past winners are not eligible. Retirees’ and deceased or disabled members’ children and grandchildren are also eligible.

For copies of the application and rules, contact Anna Brown at 618-692-6400, fax at 618-692-6407, email at or by mail to 1 Sunset Hills Executive Park Dr., Suite 102, Edwardsville, Ill. 62025-9931.

The application must be turned in with certification by a union local official by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 12.


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