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June 21, 2019

2019 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships Awarded to Ten Recipients

2019 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships Awarded to Ten Recipients

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each. Five winners are selected as the winners of the academic competition, while five winners are drawn by lottery.

The scholarship is named after William A. Lee, the longest-serving President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, from 1946 to 1984. President Lee dedicated his life to improving the lives of working people. The scholarship funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. “This scholarship is a fantastic way to support the next generation of labor,” said CFL President Bob Reiter. “These winners have demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the importance of the labor movement, and we are honored to watch them take the next step in their educational journey.”

Scholarship applicants wrote about the impact of the labor movement on their lives and within their families. Scholarship winner Edward Matesan (IBEW Local 134) wrote, “The Labor Movement rose as the beacon of hope in a rather tumultuous period in American history,” and said it “promised to counter the effects of oppression on the ordinary person.”

Winner John Mullen (Firefighters Local 2) wrote of his grandfather’s experience as an ironworker, and called the partnership between government, employers, and unions “a crucial step in the development of modern safety measures.”

Congratulations to our 2019 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship winners: Christine Hou (UNITE HERE Local 1), Jamie Kaiser (AFT Local 604), Christopher Major (UFCW Local 881), Edward Matesen (IBEW Local 134), John Mullen (Chicago Fire Fighters Local 2), Patrick Regan (IUOE Local 399), Kevin Scahill (Iron Workers Local 1), Mitchell Whelan (UFCW Local 881), Conor White (IUOE Local 399), and Jennifer Wilson (AFT Local 943).

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each. Five winners are selected as the winners of the academic competition, while five winners are drawn by lottery.

The scholarship is named after William A. Lee, the longest-serving President of the Chicago Federation of Labor, from 1946 to 1984. President Lee dedicated his life to improving the lives of working people. The scholarship funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. “This scholarship is a fantastic way to support the next generation of labor,” said CFL President Bob Reiter. “These winners have demonstrated a fantastic understanding of the importance of the labor movement, and we are honored to watch them take the next step in their educational journey.”

Scholarship applicants wrote about the impact of the labor movement on their lives and within their families. Scholarship winner Edward Matesan (IBEW Local 134) wrote, “The Labor Movement rose as the beacon of hope in a rather tumultuous period in American history,” and said it “promised to counter the effects of oppression on the ordinary person.”

Winner John Mullen (Firefighters Local 2) wrote of his grandfather’s experience as an ironworker, and called the partnership between government, employers, and unions “a crucial step in the development of modern safety measures.”

Congratulations to our 2019 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship winners: Christine Hou (UNITE HERE Local 1), Jamie Kaiser (AFT Local 604), Christopher Major (UFCW Local 881), Edward Matesen (IBEW Local 134), John Mullen (Chicago Fire Fighters Local 2), Patrick Regan (IUOE Local 399), Kevin Scahill (Iron Workers Local 1), Mitchell Whelan (UFCW Local 881), Conor White (IUOE Local 399), and Jennifer Wilson (AFT Local 943).

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