The Union Plus Scholarship Program announced its 2020 winners, including members of two IAM families who were recognized for their academic achievement and exhibition of union values.
Jake Church of Kanab, UT, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Jake’s mother, Lisa Church, is a member of NFFE-IAM Local 2152.
Jake plans to attend Southwest Technical College in Cedar City, Utah, as an automotive technology and welding double major. He hopes to work in the automotive production field, with the long-term goal of owning a repair and welding shop. Jake has gained industry experience at a local automotive repair shop through a Kanab High School work-based learning program.
Macy O’Neill of Hickory, KY has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship. Macy’s father, Clarence O’Neill, is a member of IAM Local 1969.
Macy will be attending West Kentucky Community and Technical College this fall as a nursing major. She plans to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees with the goal to become a nurse practitioner. Macy completed dual-credit and AP courses at Grove County High School and was an honors graduate.
This year the Union Plus Scholarship Program awarded at total of $300,000 in scholarships to 215 students from 43 unions. It is now in its 29th year and awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.