Sisters and Brothers,

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is pleased to announce its 2019 Scholarship Essay Contest.  We are writing to request your help in promoting the contest, and for your local union’s contribution to the awards pot of money.

The Essay Contest provides an opportunity for high school and post-secondary students to learn about the Labor Movement’s important contributions to the social, economic, and political development of our county.  It also reminds students – the next generation of workers – about the importance of protecting the Labor Movement’s gains, for their own wellbeing in current and future workplaces.

Awards are offered to students in two categories: Graduating High School Seniors (class of 2019) and All Post-Secondary Students. The award amounts are: First Place - $2,000, Second Place - $1,000, Third Place - $500.

The essay topics for each category are as follows:

Category I – Graduating High School Seniors:

How does a strong union affect my family and me?

Category II – Students Attending an Accredited, Post-Secondary Institution:

How do judicial decisions impact the ability of unions to organize and collectively bargain?

Attached you will find a scholarship application.  Additional forms can also be downloaded from our website:  Please feel free to share this message with PA AFL-CIO affiliated union members and their families.  All submissions must be

postmarked by February 15, 2019.  Essays will be judged in March, and awards will be made in April 2019.

If your union affiliate can contribute to the awards pot of money, please make your check payable to the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO and mail it to: PA AFL-CIO, Attention: Frank Snyder, Secretary-Treasurer, 600 North Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101.