WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington’s Meagan Pennie was among the 26 students awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships this week from Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.
The scholarship program is 100% funded by the membership of Local 17. Each member gives five cents out of every hour they work to the scholarship fund. The membership of Local 17 has donated more than $1.8 million in scholarships to local students since 1983.
Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Business Manager Bob Butler said that the scholarship program reflects the union’s commitment to giving back.
“We’re proud to create opportunity for hardworking students and help put them on the path to success,” said Butler. “These scholarships are part of Local 17’s commitment to giving back to the communities where our members live and work.”
Local 17 Secretary-Treasurer Russell Bartash credited the three generations of the Hayward Family (Bob, Scott, and Sean) for leading the scholarship committee, and noted the caliber of this year’s scholarship class.
“Whether scholarship recipients plan to enroll in a four-year college, community or technical college, the military, or go into the building trades, we’re thrilled to continue to lift up students as they strive for success,” said Bartash.
Scholarships are awarded based on performance on the state Labor History Exam and essay or through a lottery drawing. This year’s scholarships also included three memorial scholarships given in honor of longtime Local 17 members Joseph J. Nigro, Charlie F. Geary, and James M. Kelly.
About Sheet Metal Workers Local 17
Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 is a building trade union representing more than 2,700 skilled and licensed workers throughout Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. We stand together as the most highly trained professionals in the industry, bringing top safety standards and quality to every project. Local 17 was formed in 1896 so that men and women working in the sheet metal industry could bargain collectively for better work standards. Today, our members enjoy dignified contracts, industry-leading wages and healthcare, and a sound pension plan they can count on after retirement.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.)
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