CFL News
June 01, 2017

2017 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Recipients

2017 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Recipients

In May, the Chicago Federation of Labor awarded 10 scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, to five winners of the academic competition and five winners of the random drawing for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship.

“This is the first year we incorporated an essay into our application process,” said CFL President Jorge Ramirez. “It is important for the recipients of the CFL’s scholarship to understand why the labor movement is important in their own individual lives, and I think our winners did a great job expressing this idea in their essays.”

Esterah Brown, the daughter of an Ironworkers Local 1 member, stated in her essay, “The labor movement stands out to me as a powerful, relentless fight for justice: a true voice of the American people.”

For Samantha Hendrickson, the daughter of a West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571 member, she drew on the experiences of three generations of union members, from her great-grandfathers down through her father. She wrote, “If my family’s past in the union movement has taught me anything, it would be the rewards of working hard. Even in the face of adversity, these men persevered and did not back down or act like victims.”

William A. Lee was the longest-serving President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, serving in this capacity from 1946 to 1984. He dedicated his life to improving the lives of working people by strengthening the Labor Movement, and promoting other like-minded civic and community service issues.

This year’s winners include Matthew Armenta (member of UFCW Local 881), Esterah Brown (daughter of Ironworkers Local 1 member), Abigail Dasbach (daughter of IATSE Local 476 member), Samantha Hendrickson (daughter of West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571 member), Miriam Hyman (daughter of AFGE Local 704 member), Lindsey Jackson (daughter of Iron Workers Local 1 member), Alec Molve (son of IBEW Local 15 member), Kelly Richards (daughter of Chicago Fire Fighters Union Local 2 member), Blair Ripley (daughter of West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571 member), Rocky Salvo (son of IUOE Local 399 member).

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The 2018 application process will open in January 2018. To learn more about the scholarship and how to apply, click here

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