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International Operating Engineer - Summer 2018

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Union Plus Awards 2018 Scholarships to IUOE Member Families Winners honored for academic achievement and union values UNION PLUS RECENTLY awarded 0,000 in scholarships to 115 students representing 32 unions, including four winners representing the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 36 states. The Union Plus Scholarship Program, now in its 27th year, awards scholarships based 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. Jacob Kingsley Since starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than .3 million in educational funding to more than 2,900 union members, spouses, and dependent children. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school, or recognized technical or trade school. The selection process is very competitive, and this year over 6,000 applications were received from 70 unions and all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories. Visit UnionPlus.org/Scholarship for applications and benefit eligibility. Meet the 2018 IUOE Honorees IUOE Local 39—Jacob Kingsley Kingsley, whose mother, Debora Kingsley, is a member of IUOE Local 39, has been awarded a 0 scholarship. Jacob is a statistics major and economic policy minor at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He plans to pursue a law degree following completion of his bachelor’s degree next year. Jacob graduated sixth in his class from Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove, California, and was awarded the school’s Community Service Cord for more than 500 hours of community service. Kyle C. Monson, a part-time Sacramento law professor, has known Jacob for over a decade through the Boy Scouts of America. “Jacob is an outstanding leader, a dedicated servant to others, and a fine young man of character,” he said. “I’m certain he will continue to be an outstanding citizen and leader for our nation in the future.” Activities and honors: UNR mock trial team; Phi Alpha Delta; Boy Scouts of America: Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor, National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) Monique Tate, is a member of the California School Employees Association (CSEA). San Leandro High School counselor Leena Yee said Anthony is an exceptional student who she believes will excel in college. “In all my interactions with Anthony, I’ve found him to be mature, inquisitive, level-headed, friendly, intelligent, and motivated,” Yee said. “Anthony is an upstanding student and is an active participant in school life and his community.” Activities and honors: President, Black Student Union; African American Achievement Award; varsity cross country; varsity track Volunteerism: STEM tutor; event photography and videography IUOE Local 101—Jolie Welch Welch, whose father, Bryan Welch, is a member of IUOE Local 101, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Jolie is a first-year biology and psychology major at the University of Missouri, where she is a Dean’s List honoree. She aspires to be a pediatrician and serve as a children’s health advocate in developing nations. Jolie graduated valedictorian from East Buchanan High School (EBHS) in Gower, Missouri. Her father is a secondgeneration IUOE member, and she sees her father’s IUOE membership as a gift. “Because of my dad’s strong work ethic and his union membership, he’s been able to support a family of six children,” Jolie said. “We feel protected knowing that we have great health care, and we are comforted knowing that my dad is in an environment where workplace safety is a priority.” Activities and honors: President, National Honor Society; EBHS I Dare You Award; EBHS student council; 2017 Elite Dance Cup Senior National Champion Volunteerism: Mosaic Life Care at St. Joseph Medical Center IUOE Local 302—Jess Harris Harris, who is a member of IUOE Local 302, has been awarded a 0 scholarship. Jess is a first-year student at the University of Washington, where he was awarded direct admission to the construction management program. He is a member of IUOE Local 302 and plans to follow in his father’s footsteps professionally with a career in the construction industry. Jess graduated from Snohomish High School (SHS) in Washington state. With multiple members of his immediate and extended family in unions, Jess is proud of his strong union heritage. “From providing top-of-the-line health insurance to securing me a job that allows me to make enough money to fund most of my college education, unions have played a vital role in my life,” he said. “IUOE is a blessing that will continue to provide for my family and so many others for years to come.” Activities and honors: SHS Associated Student Body (ASB); SHS varsity football; SHS varsity track Jolie Welch IUOE Local 3—Anthony Tate Tate, whose father, also named Anthony Tate, is a member of IUOE Local 3, has been awarded a ,000 scholarship. Anthony is a 2018 graduate of San Leandro High School in California. He plans to major in computer science when he begins college this fall and hopes to work in the technology field or as an entrepreneur. Anthony’s mother, Anthony Tate Volunteerism: Make-A-Wish Foundation; Friends of Lord Hill Park Union Plus, founded by the AFL-CIO in 1986, uses the collective buying power of America’s 12.5 million union members to deliver top-quality benefits and services at competitive prices to working families. In addition to the scholarship program, Union Plus offers the new Free College program which makes it possible for union members and their families to earn an associate degree completely online at no cost. To learn more, visit unionplus.org. 20 INTERNATIONAL OPERATING ENGINEER SUMMER 2018 21

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