Lodge 1351 member Lois Epps-Medley of Chesapeake, Virginia, is one of the winners of a Union Plus scholarship this year. She has been a TCU member for more than 26 years, spending 18 of them as a tower operator with Amtrak.
Though no longer employed there, she has maintained her membership. And she is back to studying at the age of 62: “I want to work and make something out of myself and my life,” she says. “To achieve my ultimate career goal, I must be able to further educate myself in business management.” The $500 scholarship she was awarded will help her do that.
In addition to being a student, Epps-Medley is acting president of the business club at Tidewater Technical Institute. She also is a missionary at her church with the “primary goal…to help people who are less fortunate.”
A total of 103 scholarships were awarded for 2007 from among a pool of 5,500 entrants. The scholarships are sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, which receives funding from HSBC, the issuer of the Union Plus Credit Card. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, character, leadership, financial need and appreciation of the labor movement. They must submit academic information, letters of recommendation and a 500-word essay.
Applications for 2008 scholarships will be available this September. To find out more about this and the many other programs available to union members through Union Plus, click here.