The Scholarship Sub-Committee of the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters has established the guidelines for the eligibility, application, and awarding of scholarships for 2020.
Applicants may fill out the online application form by clicking here. You will be able to upload a copy of your essay, proof of enrollment and a copy of your transcript in the online form.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. Anything received after this time will not be accepted.
In 2019, union membership continued a long decline with a record low of only 10.5 percent of workers (14.7 million workers) belonging to unions, compared to 17.7 million workers, or about 20.1 percent of the workforce in 1983.(1) While membership in unions has been declining, public support for unions over the last eight years has been rising. A 2019 Gallup Poll found that sixty-four percent of Americans approve of labor unions, surpassing 60% for the third consecutive year and up 16 percentage points from its 2009 low point.(2)
Why do you believe that union membership has continued to decline while public support has continued to rise? What are three specific things that you believe that the next President could do to support the growth of unions?
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics and https://thehill.com/homenews/news/426026-union-membership-falls-to-historic-low). 2.(https://news.gallup.com/poll/265916/labor-day-turns-125-union-approval-near-year-high.aspx)
Note: Essays that do not meet the word count criteria will be disqualified. If you use outside references or sources please cite them.
To eliminate bias, the scholarship committee is blind to the identity of the applicant. Essays are numerically coded to prevent any reader from having knowledge of the writer. Winners of the top two prizes will be asked to read their essays at the June 2020 delegate meeting. Persons awarded first or second place in a prior year are ineligible for first or second place in subsequent years.