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Union Plus awards scholarships to two NALC members’ children

Two children of NALC members have won scholarships from the AFL-CIO-sponsored Union Plus program.

Alyssa Menko of Kulpmont, PA, whose father, David Menko, is a member of Harrisburg, PA Branch 500, was awarded a $750 scholarship. Union Plus awarded David Tegtmeyer of Las Vegas $1,000; his father, David Tegtmeyer, is a member of Las Vegas Branch 2502.

Menko (left) will begin college this fall with a dual major in communications and English at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. While in high school, she earned 24 college credits through dual-enrollment classes at nearby Luzerne County Community College and Bloomsburg University. She is a National Honor Society member.

In 2013, Menko’s mother sustained permanent nerve damage due to complications from back surgery. “My mom’s condition has required ongoing assistance, which my father has been able to provide because of NALC’s strong backing of the Family Medical Leave Act,” she said. “It’s comforting to know that unions are still actively protecting, securing and uniting their members today.”

Tegtmeyer (right) will begin college this fall as a chemical engineering major. He reached the top Boy Scout rank of Eagle Scout in 2014 and volunteered during each summer of high school as a lifeguard at a local scout camp. He is a National Honor Society member and recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Tegtmeyer’s grandparents were union members, and his mother, Kathleen, is a member of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

“Unions have provided for my family with a lifetime of employment and a means to support a family in an environment I proudly call home,” he said. “Unions provide stability to the community by producing a strong workforce with an unshakable work ethic.”

These scholarships were among the $150,000 in assistance that Union Plus awarded this year to 106 students representing 31 unions. Now in its 26th year, the scholarship program bases its awards on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.

Union Plus has awarded more than $4.2 million in educational funding to more than 2,800 union members, spouses and dependent children. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, a four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. The selection process is very competitive, and this year more than 5,100 applications were received from 65 unions. Visit unionplus.org/scholarship for applications.

The complete list of 2017 Union Plus Scholarship awards has been released, and the new 2018 application is now available. The application is entirely online, allowing students to complete applications over time and save their responses. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2018. Visit UnionPlus.org/Scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship program, Union Plus provides a wide range of money-saving programs and services for union members and families. Click here to learn more.