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William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

The application period for the 2020 William A. Lee Scholarship has now closed. Winning applicants will be notified by mid-April. 


Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors, five to the winners of the Academic Competition and five to the winners of the Random Drawing. The scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

  • The applicant must be a senior in high school and graduating in the spring of 2020.
  • Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union. To confirm a union’s affiliation status, please call 312.222.1000. 
  • The applicant must choose to enter either the Random Drawing or Academic Competition for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship. Students are not eligible to enter both categories. 

All applicants must return the completed application to:

William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship Committee
Chicago Federation of Labor
180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 2050
Chicago, IL 60601

Mailed applications must be postmarked by Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020; hand-delivered applications will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. Incomplete applications will be disqualified. 

All 2020 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship winners will be notified by mid-April.


2019 Winners

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
  • Jennifer Wilson, AFT Local 943 



Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

Click here for more information about the Union Plus Scholarship