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

Illinois Correspondent

East Alton, IL – 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 28th Annual John A. Broyer/Jack Greer Memorial Scholarship essay contest.

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

This year’s essay topic is “How and why did the merger of the AFL and CIO happen?” The essays will be written within three hours beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 6 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. Winners will be notified by mail and will be honored at the June 27 meeting of the Federation.

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 Paul Schaefer at (618) 692-6400 or by email at The application must be turned in with certification by a union local official by 5 p.m. on March 29.

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