Plus Awards IBEW Scholarships
IBEW Members, Children and Spouses Receive Awards
More than 100 union members out of 6,800
applicants were selected to receive Union Plus awards for
2004. Criteria for winners included academic achievement,
character and social commitment.
IBEW member Robert Hughs was chosen
by Union Plus to receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue business
and labor studies at Missouri Western State College in his
home town of St. Joseph.
Hughs is a journeyman inside wireman in
545 in St. Joseph and a past vice president of the Northwest
Missouri Central Labor Council.
Andrew Becker-Kellis, son of Gary
Kellis, member of Local
280, Salem, Oregon, has also received a $1,000 award.
He is attending George Washington University in Washington,
D.C., as a freshman majoring in political science. A young
person with a strong social conscience derived in part from
his fathers commitment to the union movement, Becker-Kellis
intends to follow a career in politics.
Eagle Scout Jared Hoy of Fort Wayne,
Indiana, is the recipient of a $1,000 grant. Hoy, son of Local
305 member Geary Hoy, enters St. Josephs College in Rensselaer,
Indiana, this fall as a business major. Hoy said he values
the importance of unions through his fathers 27-year membership
in the IBEW.
Union Plus presented Seward, Illinois,
resident David Merchant, son of Local
21 member Karleen Merchant, with a $1,000 scholarship.
A freshman at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, he
plans to play for the Creighton baseball team.
Joliet Junior College freshman Charles
Pandolfi earned a $1,000 scholarship. His father, Philip
Pandolfi is a member of Local
176, Joliet, Illinois. Studying fire science in school,
he is also a member of a local volunteer firefighters group
and a licensed emergency medical technician who has dreamed
of becoming a union firefighter with the city of Chicago since
he was three.
Pamela Toman, daughter of Local
134 member Timothy Toman, of Westmont, Illinois, enters
Brown University in Rhode Island this fall with the help of
a $1,000 Union Plus scholarship award. The straight-A student
who graduated at the top of her class excelled not only in
academics, but in service activities too.
Janice Gilliam, wife of Walnut
Creek, California Local
1245 member Matt Gilliam, received a $500 scholarship
for her studies at Shasta College. The mother of three receives
her associates degree in education, childhood studies and
early education this fall and is a teachers aide for special
Union Plus offers an education services
program that includes access to scholarships, education loans
and planning advice for college. Visit www.unionplus.org/education.