Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller Scholarships 2021

AFT Local 1904 is happy to announce that applications for the Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller Scholarship are available. All full-time undergraduate students in any major, who will be enrolled this coming fall, are eligible. If you know students in good academic standing (2.75 GPA or higher) who might benefit from this award, please encourage them to apply. 

This scholarship fund was originally established in 1997, and now honors Catherine A. Becker, James P. Keenen III, Joseph T. Moore, Kenneth H. Brook, Anita E. Uhia, and Connie Waller, all former faculty and active union members who were deeply committed to the principles of collective bargaining and to helping our students who demonstrate a significant economic need.

Download the cover sheet, with detailed information on the application process, here.

The deadline to apply for these $500 scholarships is Wednesday, March 31st, by no later than 4:30pm.

Keep in mind that letters of recommendation are required (by the deadline) and no applications (including recommendation letters) will be considered after the deadline. 

Review the guidelines for submissions and, if you have any questions, contact Deborah Corasio in AFT Local 1904's office at 973-655-4453.

Deadline: Wednesday, March 31st, 4:30pm


Essex County Labor Scholarship Award Criteria for High School Seniors

  • 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.
  • 10 - $1000 Scholarships will be awarded for one academic year.
       Each applicant must submit:
       1. A 250 word written statement explaining why you qualify for the                award as well as your commitment to the Labor Movement.
       2. An Official Transcript from the applicant’s high school.
       3. Any Community Service/Extracurricular activities.
       4. An official acceptance letter from your school of choice, post high              school.

2021 Deadline: April 15

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        FAST Fund

        American Federation of Teachers Local 1904 at Montclair State University has been selected to be a partner with Believe in Students, Inc., to have a Faculty And Students Together (FAST) Fund for students at Montclair. The FAST Fund was started by Sara Goldrick-Rab and provides emergency aid for students without the bureaucracy or hassle typically associated with short term student relief. Local 1904 is proud to be among this small group of partner schools which include: California State University – Long Beach, California; Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Columbus State Community College, Columbus Ohio; Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts; and Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

        As a partner with Believe in Students, AFT Local 1904 administers a FAST Fund at Montclair State University to assist students with paying for expenses that they would not otherwise be able to afford.  Some examples of what FAST Funds have been used to pay for at other partner campuses:

        • Professional licensing fees
        • Temporary housing
        • Rent to avoid eviction
        • Auto repair bills
        • Replacement costs for textbooks and laptops/iPad or other required technology for the educational program
        • Eyeglasses and eye exams

        To qualify for the funds, Montclair State students need to fill out a one page application form requiring a member reference and an explanation of need. Return completed applications to AFT Local 1904’s office in Dickson Hall 104. Questions? Call our office at 973-655-4453.