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William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

William A. Lee

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A. Lee Memorial 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 Chicago Federation of Labor renamed the scholarship in 1985 to honor Mr. Lee, the CFL’s longest-serving president. Mr. Lee devoted over 60 years to the cause of labor and civic and community service, with 38 of those years at the CFL.



2021 Winners


Congratulations to our 2021 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship winners! 

  • Aidan Madden, IUOE Local 399

  • Kiara Cannon, IUOE Local 399
  • Michael Klein, UFCW Local 881
  • Hope Maniez, Bricklayers Local 21
  • Lauren Sexton, Carpenters Local 13
  • Brandon Cheng, CTU Local 1
  • Liam Johnson, Fire Fighters Local 2
  • Alex Ng, CTU Local 1
  • Aaron Hou, UNITE HERE Local 1
  • Lisa Kwan, UNITE HERE Local 1

Please check back in late 2021 for information regarding the 2022 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship.




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