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Dependents of Boilermaker members are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000. Each year, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers gives a total of $50,000 worth of scholarships to dependents of members, both in Canada and in the U.S.

Boilermaker scholarships are open to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of academic study at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of their high school graduation and are dependents of Boilermaker members in good standing (includes son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of a member in good standing).

Scholarship awards are based upon a variety of factors, including academic achievement, extra-curricular and outside school activities, career goals, and performance on a typed essay.

Scholarship candidates must submit the following:

  1. The official Scholarship Application (postmarked between January 1 and March 1);
  2. proof of relationship or dependency to a Boilermaker member;
  3. the results from their SAT and/or ACT test scores (for U.S. citizens only);
  4. the applicant's high school transcript; and
  5. a minimum 350 word, typed essay on a specific theme (a new essay topic is announced each December for that year's scholarship application).

The essay topic for 2017 was "Discuss the potential impact of trade deals like CETA (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement), signed in October 2016, and TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), which has yet to be ratified, on Boilermaker jobs in North America."

Contact your local lodge for an application or request one in writing from the committee at the address below.

Scholarship Committee
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
753 State Ave., Suite 570
Kansas City, KS 66101

Applications postmarked after the March 1 deadline cannot be considered.


Winners of the 2017 International Executive Council Scholarship Awards:

  • Anna Alvarez — daughter of Edgar Alvarez, Local Lodge 1255 — $3,000
  • Christine Barta — daughter of Michael Barta, Local Lodge 487 — $3,000
  • Emma Bontron — step-daughter of Jason Rodonets, Local Lodge D277 — $2,000
  • Kenneth Burton — son of Kenneth Burton, Local Lodge M24 — $3,000
  • Caelli Clifford — daughter of Anthony Clifford, Local Lodge 28 — $2,000
  • Annabelle Copeland — daughter of Dwayne Copeland, Local Lodge 363 — $3,000
  • Jamie Ewasiw — daughter of Wayne Ewasiw, Local Lodge 146 — $1,000
  • Rebekah Flener — daughter of Wendell Flener, Local Lodge 374 — $3,000
  • Brooke Fortune — daughter of Kenneth Fortune, Local Lodge 13 — $3,000
  • Austin Goodenough — son of William Goodenough, Local Lodge 107 — $3,000
  • Jennifer Keller — daughter of Elmer Keller, Local Lodge 532 — $2,000
  • Alexandra Kuefler — daughter of Kenneth Kuefler, Local Lodge 146 — $1,000
  • Samantha LeGrand — daughter of Daniel LeGrand, Local Lodge 237 — $3,000
  • Amanda Logan — daughter of Don Logan, Local Lodge 191 — $2,000
  • Riley McHugh — son of John McHugh, Local Lodge 13 — $3,000
  • Kieran McKenzie — son of Joseph McKenzie, Local Lodge D387 — $2,000
  • Rodney Parson — son of Tim Parson, Local Lodge 667 — $3,000
  • Toni Smay — daughter of Dave Smay, Local Lodge 154 — $3,000
  • Cassandra Thomas — step-daughter of John Whalen, Local Lodge 13 — $3,000
  • Michelle Vienneau — daughter of Claude Vienneau, Local Lodge 73 — $2,000

Winners of the Canadian Federation of Labour (CFL) scholarships selected by the International Scholarship Committee:

  • Rebecca MacDonald — daughter of Ross MacDonald, Local Lodge 580 — $1,000
  • Chaska Vilchez — daughter of Jose Mijail Vilchez, Local Lodge 146 — $1,000

In selecting these winners, the members of the Scholarship Committee were highly impressed with their excellent grades throughout high school, their many achievement awards, their participation in many extracurricular activities, and their well-written essays.

Scholarship applications are available at the end of each year from your local lodge.

Applications for the 2018 awards will be available from your local lodge at the end of this year and will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2018. Applications postmarked after the March 1, 2018 deadline cannot be considered.

Contact your local lodge in December to get an application. The International will not mail applications to individuals.

Some local lodges have their own scholarship programs. Scholarships are also available through the Union Plus credit card program and some state and regional labor councils. For information on their scholarships, contact these organizations directly.

Union Plus Credit Card offers scholarships

The Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Program is open to members of unions that are participating in the credit card program, their spouses, and dependent children attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university, community college, technical college, or trade school.

Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Program applications are available beginning in September. Applications can be downloaded from the Union Plus Web site at Or, applicants can clearly print their name, return address, telephone number, and international union affiliation on a postcard and send it to: Union Plus Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 34800, Washington DC 20043-4800.

Application deadline is January 31. Award winners will be announced on May 31. However, due to the high volume of applications, only winners will receive notification.

All members are eligible to apply regardless of whether they carry a Union Plus Credit Card.

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