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2015 New Hampshire AFL-CIO Scholarship Awards

On behalf of the NH AFL-CIO, the Scholarship Committee is proud to announce that we are presenting a record number of scholarship awards in 2015. This year we are awarding five scholarships to highly motivated students who wrote and submitted the most compelling essays on this year’s labor–related topic.

During the 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama outlined his Legislative Agenda for the upcoming year.  One of the main aspects of his speech dealt with the tax rate injustices between the wealthy and the middle class and the need for growth in the middle class. Applicants were asked to discuss the impact the President’s plan would have on the workforce, the economy and the Labor movement.  

This year’s winners are:

  • 1st Place- a $1000 award will be given to Courtney Otto who will be attending University Of Rochester as a freshman (Nashua Teachers Union, Local 1044, American Federation of Teachers)
  • 2nd Place- a $750 award will be given to Colin Williamson who will be attending UNH as a sophomore. (UA, Local 131, Plumbers & Steamfitters)
  • 3rd Place- A $500 award will be given to Lee Anne Ames, who will be attending NHTI as a sophomore. (IAFF, Local 4659, International Assoc. of Firefighters)
  • 4th Place- a $500 award will be given to Molly Lachance who will be attending UNH as a sophomore. (UA, Local 131, Plumbers & Steamfitters)
  • 5th Place- a $500 award will be given to Colby Denison who will be attending Unity College as a junior (USW Local 12012, United Steelworkers)

Congratulations to our scholarship winners! It is a pleasure for the NH AFL-CIO to provide assistance to our union brothers and sisters and their families in their quest to secure a higher education and we wish each recipient success.

Our scholarship program is made possible through the generous donations from our affiliates and from many individual contributors committed to helping others to achieve a higher education. We thank you all!

In solidarity,

The NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee

Mark MacKenzie

Janice Kelble

Kelly Torosian

Kevin Bianchi

Sharlene Labore

Deb Smith

Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Workers Memorial Day
April 27, 2015 On Workers Memorial Day we commemorate all those who have perished on the job. No worker should be exposed to fatal injuries and illnesses at work, yet every day 150 men and women die from a work injury or occupational disease. Their deaths remind us that Americans still – in 2015 -- face too many dangers at the workplace. Read More...

Scholarship Deadline Extended

Brothers & Sisters,

Please help to spread the word

The deadline to submit 2015 Scholarship Essays and application forms has been extended. They must  be received no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, May 15, 2015 by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106. 

Because of the extended due date,  the scholarship awards will be announced on June 12, 2015.  Winners will also be honored at the Labor Day Breakfast.

We would also greatly appreciate any financial assistance that your organization is able to provide to help us maintain our successful scholarship essay program and maximize the amount of scholarship aid we can offer.

Lastly, if you are not already aware, we can now accept tax deductible personal contributions. Please see the attached form and consider making a contribution. It would also be appreciated if you would share this with your members. 

While contributions are welcome at any time, in order to maximize awards for this year, we will need to receive contributions before the end of May. 

**To make a tax deductible contribution, checks should be made payable to: NH AFL-CIO EAP Services

Thank you!
The Scholarship Committee
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Union Leaders Issue Statements on NLRB Decision
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