|2015 CSEA Local 828 Scholarship Award Winners.|
Pictured far left: Jim D'Amico and Bess Watts. Photo by Ove Overmyer
Webster, N.Y.—On Monday, June 1, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 Executive Board, Local 828 Scholarship Committee hosted the 22nd Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at Liberty Lodge at Finn Park, 850 Maple Dr., Webster, N.Y. Many members from the Retirees Local 912 also served on the Scholarship Committee as well.
At the picnic supper, Local officers formally announced the winners of the CSEA Local 828 George M. Growney Memorial Scholarships and Unit 7400 Scholarship Awards for 2015. This year, $10,000.00 will be awarded to deserving area students whose parents or caregivers are members in good standing of CSEA Monroe County Local 828.
Since 1993, CSEA Local 828 has awarded over $140,000 in scholarship prize money. In 1993, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and have distributed more than $23,000.
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 in 1998—one year after his passing.
“This is one of the best things we do as union activists,” said Bess Watts, President of Local 828. She added, “It’s very rewarding to know we are helping our young people succeed in life.”
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 23 years, which demonstrates the 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.
This year, no applicant met the requirements to be awarded the Jane McManus Scholarship. The JMS is given to a student whose parent or caregiver is a CSEA represented employee at the Rochester Public Library Unit 7420. The scholarship award money will roll over to next year.
Here are the winners: