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Local 1303 Scholarships

Front: Sarah Jaeger, Peter Greco, Kayleigh Shaughnessy and Hannah Smith. Back: Michael Jaeger, Richard Greco, Kathryn Shaughnessy and Susan Smith.

Continuing its commitment to higher education, AFSCME Local 1303, which represents 8,000 municipal and board of education employees, has awarded eight $1,000 scholarships to college-bound students whose parents belong to 1303 chapters.

Every year, Local 1303 selects scholarship recipients based upon their grades, community involvement and an essay on the importance of union membership.

This year’s student winners (with parents listed in parenthesis):

  • Peter Greco (Richard Greco, 1303-266)
  • Allison Lacko (Nancy Lacko, 1303-329)
  • Sarah A. Jaeger (Michael W. Jaeger, 1303-393)
  • Allen Mark Rodriguez (Octavia Rodriguez, 1303-036)
  • Hannah Smith (Susan Smith, 1303-140)
  • Kayleigh Shaughnessy (Kathryn A. Shaughnessy, 1303-046)
  • Haakon Weyel (Sherri L. Mutch, 1303-293)

“We’re extremely proud to help the children of our union members pursue their dream of attending college and attaining a degree,” said Local 1303 President Brian Mitchell, an electrician for the West Hartford Board of Education and President of AFSCME Local 1303-61. “We passionately believe that union membership is surest path to a decent middle class standard of living for our members and their children.”

This year’s scholarship recipients fully agree.

As Peter Greco, whose father Richard is a special education aide in the Region I school system, wrote in his essay: “I do not want to think about how different my life would be if unions were not out there helping the American workers provide for their families.”

Or, as Sarah Jaeger, whose father works for the New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, expressed in her essay, “Everyone has been affected by the poor economy, but being part of a union makes it more bearable.”

Congratulations to the 2012 scholarship-winning students and their parents.

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