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Ironworker Family Member Awarded Union Plus Scholarship

Jul 09, 2012

Union Plus has awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 129 students representing 44 unions, including one winner representing the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers (Iron Workers), in the 2012 Union Plus Scholarship Program. In this 20th anniversary year of the program, more than 5,600 applications were received from union members and families in all 50 states. This year’s Iron Workers winner is:

Erin Anderson of Hilton Head Island, SC, whose father James is a member of Ironworkers Local Union No. 40, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.

“Education is a core value for the American union worker,” says Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, the organization that provides the Union Plus benefits. “With rising tuitions, the Union Plus Scholarship program can make all the difference in enabling union members and their families to further their education.”

Meet the 2012 Ironworkers Honoree

“There are four generations of Ironworkers in my family,” Erin says, including her father James, who has been an Ironworker since 1969. “I have been raised knowing the union will never let a member down.” Throughout high school, Erin volunteered with an organization providing equine therapy for children with disabilities. Her goal is to study neuroscience, become a doctor and help others to live better and healthier lives. So while Erin may not continue in the family tradition of becoming an Ironworker, she is definitely continuing the union tradition of service.

Learn More About the Union Plus Scholarship Program

Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. Since starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than $3.3 million in educational funding to more than 2,200 union members, spouses and dependent children. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

In addition to the Union Plus Scholarships, the following benefits help union families afford higher education:
• Scholarships to help union members and leaders finish their degrees with an affordable, flexible and convenient online program at the National Labor College.

• Discounts of 15 to 60 percent on college and graduate school test preparation courses from The Princeton Review. Discount includes classroom, online and private tutoring for the SAT®, ACT®, GMAT®, LSAT®, GRE® and MCAT® as well as college affordability and admissions online courses. Visit or call 1-888-243-7737.

Visit for applications and benefit eligibility.

Union Plus programs also include mortgages, insurance protection and money-saving offers on flowers, car rentals and AT&T wireless service. Union members can visit for more information.

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