Saturday, May 5, 2012


Rochester, N.Y. -- The CSEA Monroe County Local 828 Executive Board and the Local 828 Scholarship Committee are pleased to announce the winners of the CSEA Local 828 George M. Growney, Unit 7400 and the Jane McManus Scholarship Awards for 2012.

Since 1993, CSEA Local 828 has awarded over $100,000.00 in scholarship prize money. In 1994, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and have distributed an additional $18,000.00.

Mr. Growney was a long time local labor leader and activist. He was employed as a probation officer with Monroe County. He served as local president for nearly two decades before his retirement in 1995. George had a passion for kids to succeed, and would be proud that his union brothers and sisters have carried on his legacy of love and commitment to youth. George M. Growney died on August 10, 1997. The scholarship program was named in his honor the following year after his death.

In 1974, Jane McManus started her public service career at Rochester Public Library as a Senior Library Clerk. While a full-time employee, she also worked in the Literature and Local History Divisions. Shortly thereafter, Jane was promoted to part-time Library Assistant while working in the Reynolds Audio-Visual Department of the Central Library.

In 1991, she transferred to the Winton Branch Library and has been a Story Lady for the past 21 years. In 1993, Jane was appointed to the Part-Time Benefits Committee. In 1995, Jane was one of the founding members in establishing CSEA Local 828 Unit 7420. She remained as President of the Unit until April 2006. Jane remains active in CSEA serving as a Steward, Grievance Rep, member of the Local 828 Health & Safety Committee, and Member of the Local 828 Scholarship Committee. She’s a strong advocate for workers rights and education. Her co-workers in Unit 7420 proposed that a scholarship be named in her honor in 2010.

CSEA Local 828 Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors whose parents and caregivers are members or agency shop fee payers of Monroe County Local 828. The scholarship committees have reviewed thousands of applications in the past 19 years, demonstrating a significant need of financial resources for young adults continuing their formal education.  Scholarships applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.

A scholarship award picnic supper honoring this year's recipients is planned for Monday, May 14, at Liberty Lodge in Finn Park, 850 Maple Dr., Webster, N.Y. Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm and the award ceremony will immediately follow. Please call Barb at 585.328.5250 before May 11 to RSVP.

The 2012 award winners are:

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