Operating Engineers Local 825 Awards $90,000 in Scholarships to Nine Grads

Members of the IUOE Local 825 presented $10,000 scholarships to nine graduating high school seniors Tuesday at the East Brunswick Hilton.

The scholarship money was raised by Local 825 members over a 12-month period through a series of fundraising activities, including a golf outing, a sporting-clays rifle shoot; a dinner dance; and a motorcycle “Poker Run.”

“We hope that these awards will help students reach their potential through higher education,” said Greg Lalevee, Local 825’s Business Manager.  “Given the ever-increasing costs involved, these scholarships mean a lot to the families who receive them.”

Six scholarships were awarded on the basis of academic performance and three were awarded for achievements in athletics, service and understanding of union values.

The winners were:

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Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund

The Bergen County Central Trades & Labor Council offers eight $1,000 scholarships for 2017. Members of local unions affiliated with Bergen County Central Trades and Labor Council and their dependents are eligible to apply.

Four of the scholarships are offered in memory of Ed Purtill, valued at $1,000 each; an additional four $1,000 scholarships are offered in memory of Abe Solomon. Applications must be returned by April 15.

Bergen County Central Trades Labor Council AFL-CIO Abe Solomon Scholarship Fund 2017

 

Middlesex-Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Raymond A. Peterson Scholarship

This program offers three awards: First place, $2,500. Second place, $1,500. Third place, $1,000.

Students are eligible if they have a parent or guardian who is a member in good standing in a local union which is affiliated with the Middlesex and Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Counci, l or if the applicant is a union member.

In addition, applicants also must:

  1. Provide verification of acceptance at a post-secondary educational institution and verification of a B average or above in the graduating class.
  2. Write an essay of not less than 250 words on the subject of the Labor Movement detailed on the application form. Instructions are found on the application form.

Completed application and essay must be postmarked by Friday, April 17, 2017 and mailed to Frank Burke, whose address is found on the application.

Middlesex-Somerset Counties AFL-CIO Labor Council’s Raymond A. Peterson Scholarship Application Form

Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council Scholarships

The Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council offers two separate scholarships: The Frank Thompson Jr. scholarship and the George L. Pelletteri scholarship. The amounts are $500 for the George Pelletieri scholarship and $2,000 for the Frank Thompson scholarship.

For both, applicants must be a high school senior and the child of a current or deceased member of the Union affiliated with the Mercer County AFL-CIO Labor Council.

Required proof of eligibility includes:

  1. Verification of class rank and SAT scores
  2. An essay of no less than 200 words on the subject “What the American Labor Movement has meant to my family.”

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Complete requirements and application forms are below:

Frank Thompson Jr. Scholarship

George L. Pelletteri Scholarship

 

NJ Spotlight Op-Ed: The Next Infrastructure Frontier — New Jersey’s Water System

[The following Op-Ed from IUOE Local 825 Business Manager Greg Lalevee originally appeared in NJSpotlight.com on January 13, 2017]

Fixing pipes should be a priority for all New Jerseyans, not just because of worries about lead but because of deeper structural problems.

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