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The IBEW Congratulates Its 2001 Founders' Scholarship Winners

July 2001 IBEW Journal

For 35 years the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has been awarding scholarships to honor the dedicated wiremen and linemen who organized our union on November 28, 1891.

The scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to promote educational opportunities and skill development for IBEW members. Eligible candidates (IBEW members only) must submit letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, SAT or ACT test scores, a personal resum, and a 250- to 500-word essay titled "How the Founders' Scholarship Will Benefit the Brotherhood and the Electrical Industry."

On May 4 the Scholarship Selection Committee awarded three scholarships and named two alternate recipients after considering all the applications. International President Edwin D. Hill and International Secretary-Treasurer Jerry J. O'Connor are pleased to announce the scholarship recipients.

Wesley Joel Cassidy

Wesley Joel Cassidy and family

Brother Cassidy has been a member of Local 134, Chicago, since 1994. He began his electrical career in 1989, while still in high school, as a shop hand at Broadway Electric Inc., where he still works. He has supervised many jobs during his employment at Broadway, particularly on the installation of several fire-alarm systems at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he attends college.

Wesley has been a Dean's List student since first attending college classes as a part-time student in 1997 at Elgin Community College. He now attends college as a full-time student majoring in biological sciences with a minor in mathematics. He continues to be placed on the Dean's List and in Spring 2000 was accepted to Honors College.

Wesley contributes his time and talents twice a month to the Harvest Bible Chapel Building Team. And he was a member of a trip sponsored by the Woodfield Church to build an orphanage in Guatemala.

William F. Mackey

William F. Mackey and family

Scholarship recipient William F. Mackey was initiated into Local Union 90, New Haven, Connecticut, in 1982. After graduating from the apprenticeship program, he became credentialed as a NJATC instructor after completing the program at the National Instructor Training Institute of the University of Tennessee. His educational goal is to obtain a degree in industrial technology.

Brother Mackey has worked for Woods Electric in Farmington, Connecticut, since 1982. He has utilized his electrical skills in a wide variety of commercial and industrial electrical work, including public school renovations; temperature-control installations; data, telephone and fiber-optic installation and servicing; and as a foreman managing and supervising up to 15 journeymen. He has served his local not only as a JATC instructor, but also as an Executive Board member. One union/community activity he developed and implemented was a hands-on training lesson for second-year apprentices in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The students developed circuitry, ordered materials, wired and finished one home each year as a community-service learning project. He also developed and implemented union involvement with the New Haven Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

Brother Mackey is a civic leader in his community. Past and present offices in which he has served include: elected town official to the Board of Finance (1989-1992, chairman, 1991-1992); appointed town commissioner to the Parks and Recreation Commission (1988-1990); elected town official to the Board of Selectmen (1992-1997); Regional School District #13 Building Committee member; justice of the peace; election moderator; and member of the Middlefield Democratic Town Committee. He also serves as a lector in the Norwich Archdiocese.

William is currently enrolled at the School of Industrial Technology of Central Connecticut State University, where he is maintaining a grade point average of 4.0.

Katherine L. Moore

Katherine L. Moore

Katherine L. Moore of Local 538, Danville, Illinois, plans to enroll at the University of Illinois to study for a bachelor's degree in business administration, project management. She has completed several courses provided through her local union, including Nuclear General Employee Training, Programmable Logic Controllers, Process Controls and Instrumentation, Leadership Organizing Training, and Effective Foremanship. Her scholastic honors include the National Dean's List, the President's List at Danville Area Community College, USAA All-American Scholar and nomination to the All-USA Academic Team. She is a member of the Scholar's Program at Danville Area Community College and Phi Theta Kappa.

Sister Moore has foreman/general foreman experience and is a first-year instructor with the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee. She has also served Local 538 as recording secretary, press secretary, Building Committee secretary/treasurer, delegate to the IBEW Progress Meeting/Women's Conference, member of the Blueprint for the '90s Committee, deputy registrar, and member of the Volunteer Committee.

Katherine serves as a Warren County 4-H Leader/Project Superintendent and as a tutor in chemistry, algebra, business and English at Danville Area Community College. She is a partner/manager for Guttering & More and a member of West Lebanon Christian Church.



In addition to the three recipients of this year's Founders' Scholarships, the committee selected two alternates. They are Michael F. Egan of Local 456, New Brunswick, New Jersey, who is a labor studies major; and Peter J. Micket of Local 1547, Anchorage, Alaska, who is studying electrical engineering.

Scholarship Committee
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."We have a wake-up call coming; we need to recognize and change the fact that in some ways we have become comfortable with and detached from an involvement in securing our own futures. To me, these scholarships represent both an effort toward affecting that wake-up, and a personal opportunity to better myself." -Wesley Joel Cassidy

"A college-educated member has the opportunity to grow and develop new skills1/4 [to] be exposed to other industries 1/4 to explore new methods of employee relations, productivity and quality control 1/4 [and to] learn of new technologies and developments in the electrical field."  - William F. Mackey

"With the help of a Founders' Scholarship, IBEW members are enabled with an education that can keep the industry moving in the progressive direction which it has been so successful in. 1/4Giving one member the opportunity of a lifetime transposes into the learning of many." - Katherine L. Moore