Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller, Yovnello, Nunn, and BCoMSU Scholarships 2024

AFT Local 1904 is pleased to announce that applications for the 2024 Becker-Keenen-Moore-Brook-Uhia-Waller (BKMBUW), Yovnello, and Nunn Scholarships are available. All full-time undergraduate students in any major, who will be enrolled this coming fall, are eligible for one of the program's $500 awards. If you know students in good academic standing (2.75 GPA or higher) who might benefit from this award, please encourage them to apply. While past recipients are welcome to apply, priority will be assigned to those who have not yet received one of these scholarships. Please note that there is no need to specify whether one is applying for the BKMBUW or Yovnello awards, as they are part of the same program. However, the Nunn award is reserved specifically for students who are single parents.


The firm deadline to apply for this scholarship is Friday, April 12th, 2024No applications will be considered after this time on this date. Please keep in mind that a letter of recommendation is required as part of the application, and must also be received by this deadline. Please further note that only current Members of the AFT Local 1904 can serve as recommenders. If you are not currently a Member and wish to join, please complete a membership card. You can read about the benefits of Union membership here.

The BKMBUW Scholarship Fund was originally established in 1997, followed shortly by establishment of Yovnello and Nunn awards. The Scholarship currently honors Catherine A. Becker, James P. Keenen III, Joseph T. Moore, Kenneth H. Brook, Anita E. Shia, and Connie Waller, all former faculty and active union members, as well as Nicholas C. Yovnello and Ellen Kearns Nunn, all of whom were deeply committed to the principles of collective bargaining and to helping our students who demonstrate a significant economic need.

The BCoMSU (Bloomfield College of Montclair State University) Scholarship Award is reserved for a Bloomfield College of Montclair State University student who is (a) an immigrant, and (b) qualifies for or is enrolled in the DACA program.

Please review the Application Form and, if you have any questions, contact Deborah Corasio, Office Manager of the AFT Local 1904 (email:; phone: 973-655-4453).

Please consider contributing to the fund, including in another's name (loved one, etc.). To give to the Fund, please do so via this link (select designation of “other,” and indicate that the donation is for “AFT Local 1904 BKMBUW/Yovnello/Nunn Scholarship Fund”).

Deadline: Friday, April 12th, 2024 



Essex County Labor Scholarship Award

(For High School Seniors)

      The Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is once again offering ten $1000 Scholarships for high school seniors, to be awarded for one academic year of college expenses.
        To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be:
        • A high school senior
        • Accepted at an accredited college or accredited post-high school education program
        • Sponsored by a guardian who is a member of a local union affiliated with the Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
          Each applicant must submit:
          • A 250-word, written statement explaining why they qualify for the award, including their commitment to the Labor Movement
          • An official transcript from the applicant’s high school
          • A statement describing any community service/extracurricular activities
          • A copy of an official acceptance letter from their post-high-school educational institution of choice

          Deadline: April 15, 2024


          Union Plus Scholarships

          Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. More than 3,600 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

          Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of each year. Students may re-apply each year.

          The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.
          For Details and to apply, visit the Union Plus Scholarship Website.

          The deadline for 2024-2025 funding is January 31st, 2024.


          FAST Fund

          AFT Local 1904 has been selected to be a partner with Believe in Students, Inc., in a Faculty and Students Together (FAST) Fund at Montclair State. The FAST Fund, initiated by Sara Goldrick-Rab, provides emergency aid for students without the bureaucracy or hassle typically associated with short term student relief. AFT 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. Examples of what FAST Funds may fund include, but are not limited to:

          • 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 must complete an application form. Applications include the requirements of member reference and an explanation of need.

          Questions? Contact our AFT Local 1904 office (Dickson Hall 104) via email or via telephone at 973-655-4453.

          The FAST Fund depends upon the generous contributions from supporters. To support the FAST Fund (or to encourage someone you know to support the FAST Fund), PLEASE DONATE HERE.