UAW Family Members Awarded 2018 Union Plus Scholarships
Winners Honored for Achievement and Union Values
Washington, D.C. – Union Plus recently awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 115 students representing 32 unions, including three winners representing the United Automobile Workers (UAW). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 36 states. The UAW winners are:
- Haley Caudill of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Caudill, whose mother, Kimberly Caudill, is a member of UAW Local 2164, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
- Taylor Lenburg of New Lenox, Illinois. Lenburg, whose father, Dino Lenburg, is a member of UAW Local 2293, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
- Aviva Weinbaum of Amherst, Massachusetts. Weinbaum, whose mother, Eve Weinbaum, is a member of UAW Local 1981, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
“Union Plus is pleased to help these incredibly talented union family members offset the high cost of college education,” Union Plus President Mitch Stevens said. “Education is a vital building block for success, and we’re happy that the Union Plus Scholarship Program provides assistance and support for 115 deserving students.”
Meet the 2018 UAW Honorees
Haley had completed two years as a marketing major at Western Kentucky University when her mother was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in August 2016. While walking with her mother through chemotherapy and surgery, Haley decided to enroll in the nursing program at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College with the goal of becoming an oncology nurse. She is a graduate of Graves County High School in Mayfield, Kentucky. Haley now works as an administrative liaison at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital. “Because of UAW, my mother did not have the stress and worry of losing her job like others employed by non-union companies,” Haley said. “My mother has not only conquered cancer but has a hopeful future. Her union brothers and sisters showed solidarity through fundraising, meals, encouragement, emotional support, rides to treatment, and so many other touching gestures.”
Volunteerism: local nursing home; local animal shelters
Taylor is a 2018 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois. She plans to major in psychology when she begins college this fall and aspires to be a psychiatrist or forensic psychologist. Taylor was heavily active in Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFJROTC), earning the Air Commando Association Award, a Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) medal, and the Aerospace Education Foundation Award. Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Daniel K. Schliffka was Taylor’s AFJROTC instructor and considers her one of the program’s top cadets. “Taylor has always impressed me with her strong commitment to excellence, her ability to lead, and her willingness to help others,” Schliffka said. “She has one of the best characters I have ever seen in a high school student.”
Activities and honors: AFJROTC Ohio Valley Leadership School; Air Force Kitty Hawk National Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society; Mu Alpha Theta; Midwest American Guitar Festival; Mathlete
Aviva is a 2018 graduate of Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) in Massachusetts. She will major in neuroscience at Barnard College in New York and hopes to become a surgeon. While in high school, Aviva completed two courses at Amherst College and studied in Colombia one semester. She has interned at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield and at Pioneer Valley Workers Center in Northampton. ARHS counselor Lisa Zephyr described Aviva as grounded, driven, and focused. “Aviva has a constant thirst for learning, and she feeds off the rapid and rigorous pace of more challenging classes,” Zephyr said. “She is bound to be a stellar college student who will immerse herself wholeheartedly in her academics and extracurricular commitments.”
Activities and honors: National Honor Society; National Merit Scholar; AP Scholar with Distinction; Environmental Action Club; president, Women’s Rights Club; Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award; stage manager, ARHS theater; Northampton Community Rowing Club
Volunteerism: peer tutor, ARHS; Abundance Farm food justice project
Learn More About the Union Plus Scholarship Program
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.
Since starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than $4.3 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.
About Union Plus
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. Union Plus also provides a wide range of money-saving programs, including discounts on wireless services from AT&T, the only nationwide unionized wireless carrier, savings on travel and recreation, and more. To learn more, visit unionplus.org.
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