Fifteen partial college scholarships of $3,000 each are being offered to CWA members for the 2013-2014 school year.
Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, those taking fewer than 12 credits, will receive half the scholarship monies.
CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.
No specific studies are required. Scholarship winners may pursue whatever courses they wish. Applications are accepted during the months of November through April. The deadline is April 30, 2013. The application requires submission of a typed, double-spaced essay of no more than 250 words related to any aspect of the Labor Movement and how it has affected your life. For example what role have unions played in your family or why are unions important.
Click here for the application, which must be submitted online only. Winners, chosen by lottery drawing, will be notified. The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation has been built up by voluntary contributions and is self-perpetuating.
Contributions and pledges are received from CWA Locals, members and officers.
The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding president of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA president, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern.