Scholarships for union members will mark historic DC march

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To commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, the AFL-CIO and the Union Privilege program have announced new scholarships being offered to union members.

The one-time, $5,000 scholarships are for study for the academic year from fall 2013 through summer 2014. They will be awarded to at least 50 talented high school seniors to help pay for their higher education.

On Aug. 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington. The full name of the march, which marked the high point of the modern civil rights movement, was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

The new scholarship program honors the legacy of Dr. King’s speech and his dream that all of America’s children could have equal access and equal opportunity.

Applications, including an essay, must be submitted by July 1, 2013. For more information and the application form, go to: