John H. Lyons Sr. Scholarship Foundation

Below is information helpful in determining eligibility of a student to compete for the John H. Lyons Sr. scholarship.  Please review this information prior to beginning your application.


The John H. Lyons Sr. Scholarship Foundation, honoring the memory of the late General President John H. Lyons Sr., has helped numerous children of ironworkers to attend college. Scholarship awards are competitive and an independent committee of judges comprised of admissions specialists and university professors will determine winners. Children of ironworker members, who meet the following eligibility criteria, may compete. Once awarded, scholarships are renewable for three additional years provided recipient continues to meet academic and other eligibility standards.

Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are closed.

(Effective February 1, 2021)

  1. Only sons and daughters of members (or deceased members who were in good standing at the time of their death) of the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers, who are currently in their senior year of high school, are eligible to compete.
  2. Applicant must be a child, stepchild, adopted child or court-appointed custodial child of a member of the International Association who is an active member with five or more years of continuous service at the time of their child’s application unless the member is deceased and was in good standing at the time of death. Grandchildren are not eligible to apply, except in the case of court-appointed custodial grandparents. 
  3. Applicant shall submit a completed application within the specified deadline. The scholarship application deadline is May 15. An extension of this date will be at the discretion of the scholarship committee.
  4. Applicants should rank in the upper half of his or her graduating class.
  5. Scholarship awards are competitive and will be based on:
    • Academic standing of the student during his or her four years in high school.
    • U.S. students only: College entrance examination scores (SAT or ACT) – if applicable.
    • Extracurricular activities and leadership.
    • Character references and citizenship.
  6. The committee of judges will select alternates for the scholarships. In the event that one or more of the selected recipients is unable to accept a scholarship award at the time of award notification, the alternate will then have the opportunity to assume the vacant award.
  7. A scholarship winner may attend any accredited college or university in the United States or Canada and must be enrolled in a full-time degree program.
  8. Scholarships will be awarded for one year and may be renewed for three academic years following the academic year for which the original scholarship was awarded. The recipient’s academic record and conduct will determine if the scholarship shall be renewed.
  9. Awards will be made payable to selected recipients by direct deposit or mailed to the home address unless specifically directed otherwise.
  10. The recipient’s parent or guardian must remain in good standing in the International Association for the duration of the scholarship. Award payments will only be made after verification that recipient’s parent or guardian is in good standing with his or her dues payments. No scholarship will be awarded, including annual renewal, unless the parent member dues are current.
  11. If the scholarship recipient’s schooling is interrupted by illness, military service or for any other reason, the continuation of said scholarship will be at the discretion of the trustees.
  12. Prior to changing schools, the scholarship recipient must secure approval of the trustees of the scholarship foundation to ensure continuation of the scholarship award.

The Electronic Application

Please note: Applications are saved under the username (email address and telephone number) and updated as each page is completed. APPLICANTS: Please do not use your school email address on the application. If it becomes necessary to close an application prior to completion, candidates can log in using the email address and phone number used to begin the application process to finalize or make corrections to the application. Once the application is complete and the “submit” button has been selected, the first phase of the application process is complete. Any additional changes, additions, updates, etc. must then be sent by email to

After the student portion of the application has been received and approved by the scholarship committee, an email will be sent, including the secondary school report request (SSR). Please submit this form to your guidance counselor or academic advisor for completion. The SSR, along with SAT/ACT scores* (U.S. students only), high school transcript and letter of recommendation, should be returned by the school representative or applicant (PDF attachment) to

*If applicable. if the test was not offered, please note on the application after your essay.Any questions? Please contact the scholarship office at (800) 368-0105, ext. 841 or

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