The Catherine A. Becker, James P. Keenen III, Joseph T. Moore, Anita E. Uhia, and Connie Waller Scholarship Endowment Fund

Application deadline: Wed, March 2, 2016 4:30pm EST in College Hall 314A

Established in 1996, AFT Local 1904's Becker-Keenen-Moore-Uhia-Waller (BKMUW) Scholarship at Montclair State University has awarded 88 scholarships for a total of $44,500. Starting in 2014, a new scholarship was created, the Yovnello-CNJSCL Scholarship, and it is funded by our bargaining agent, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals (CNJSCL). 

2014 BKMUW-Yovnello-CNJSCL Scholarship Recipients

Purpose: To help matriculated full-time undergraduate students who in whole or in part depend on their own work for the economic resources required for their enrollment or otherwise to pursue their studies in a recognized University program. The scholarship will be used to grant awards on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to such factors as gender, race, age, creed, sexual orientation, religion, differing abilities or national origin.

    1. Students must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at Montclair State University at the time the award payment is made.
    2. Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary suspension or probation. A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required.
    3. Students must depend in whole or in part on their own work/employment for economic resources for their enrollment. Financial Aid status will be verified.
    4. For the Ellen Kerns Nunn Scholarship, to be eligible, students must be a single parent who is working/employed full-time or part-time and pursuing an undergraduate education.
      Application and Criteria for Selection:
      1. Eligible students will apply by writing and submitting an essay describing the student’s need, and the role of higher education in the student’s life. Applicants should carefully proof read their essays.
      2. As part of the application, the students will submit two letters of recommendation from faculty, professional staff or librarians who are members of MSUFT Local 1904 bargaining unit.
        • Students are encouraged to consult with the Local’s Office Manager, Linda Turano, to determine if those the student is asking for a letter of recommendation from are members of MSUFT Local 1904.
        • Letters of recommendation from MSU employees that are not members of MSUFT Local 1904 (e.g. administrators or adjunct faculty members) will not be accepted.
      3. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications must be printed on paper and signed. Electronically transmitted applications will not be considered.
      Announcement of Application Deadline and Announcement of Recipients: The availability of the student application packet (cover sheet and essay) and the two (2) letters of recommendation will be made at the beginning of each Spring semester to the campus community. At that time, the deadline for applications and the date for the announcement of recipients will also be announced. 

      The 2016 deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, March 2nd by 4:30pm EST (Note that the AFT Local 1904 office in College Hall 314A closes at 4:30pm sharp. No late submissions will be accepted after the office closes).

      Questions?  Contact the Local's office via email @ or stop by our office located in College Hall, Room 314A.


      Essex County Labor Scholarship Award Criteria for High School Seniors
      2016 Deadline: April 15, 2016
      • To receive an Award, the recipient must be a High School Senior and be accepted at an accredited college or accredited post-high school education program.
      • To be eligible for an Award, the guardian must be a member of a local union affiliated with the Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.
      • 18 - $500 Scholarships will be awarded for one academic year.
      • Each applicant must submit a brief written statement explaining why he/she qualifies for the award.