Since 1993, CSEA Monroe County Local 828 and its major Units have awarded over $125,000 in scholarship prize money. In 1994, the Monroe County Employees Unit 7400, the largest Unit in the Local, created their own scholarship program and has distributed more than $26,000.
Mr. Growney was a long time labor leader and activist who 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.
“Giving out scholarships to our members children is one of my favorite things to do as Local President.” said Bess Watts, President of Local 828. She added, “It’s very rewarding to know we are helping our young people succeed in life and giving back to our community. Furthermore, they learn about the value of belonging to a Union. ”
CSEA Local 828 Scholarships are open to graduating high school seniors whose parents and caregivers are CSEA members of Monroe County Local 828. The scholarship committees have reviewed thousands of applications in the past 26 years, demonstrating a significant need of financial resources for young adults continuing their formal education. Scholarship applicants are judged on academic achievement, a written essay, financial need and potential.
George M. Growney Memorial Scholarships Local 828 and Unit 7400 applications are available by contacting your workplace CSEA representative or by downloading the application and other materials here:
For more scholarship information, you can go to our Voice Reporter Scholarship page or call Barbara at HQ 585-328-5250.