Alicia Hines is one of 108 winners representing 40 unions
ALICIA HINES, daughter of Ernest K. Hines, a 10-year member of Local 482 (Wood River, Ill.), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Union Plus.
Alicia has been studying animals and veterinary health since high school, and now plans to pursue a graduate degree in biology. “I want to integrate the disciplines of public health, veterinary medicine, and ecology in a way that will lead to the development of prevention programs for diseases afflicting both animals and humans,” she said.
That spirit of caring for others comes not only from her own family, but from the extended family she discovered while her father has been recovering from an illness. “We have an extensive group of friends who have been there for us every step of the way,” Alicia says. “The members of my father’s IBB local have supported us and made our family a part of their own.”
Alicia is one of 108 students representing 40 unions that have been awarded a total of $150,000 in Union Plus Scholarships this year. The awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school, or a recognized technical or trade school. Since 1992, Union Plus has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to union families.
Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need, and appreciation of labor.
“With credit so tight, prices rising, and fewer loans available to students who want to attend college, scholarship programs like these are more important than ever,” said Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, the organization that administers the scholarship program.
Union Privilege offers an array of Union Plus benefits that save money for union members and their families. These include mortgage and finance benefits, education and insurance benefits, and even money-saving offers on health services and vacations. Please see page 23 of this issue, or visit www.UnionPlus.org to find out which programs are available to Boilermaker members and their families.
For information on Union Plus Scholarship eligibility and to receive a notification when the application is available for next year’s awards, visit www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships.