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2022 Annual Scholarship Program

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The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council Scholarship is available to high school seniors living in Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the Islands whose parents, legal guardian, aunts, uncles, or grandparents are members of a labor union affiliated with the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council.  The student applicant may also be a member of a labor union affiliated to the labor council. 

Three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to the students selected as winners during the competition.  All scholarships are awarded to those students who meet the selection criteria.  

The most important element of the selection criteria is the essay followed by the students’ grades.

 ALL STUDENTS MUST submit a complete application packet by April 22, 2022.  Any late or incomplete scholarship application packet will be automatically rejected. YOU CAN FIND THE APPLICATION FORM HERE.

All students MUST include ALL five of the following elements in their application packet:

  1. Have a parent, stepparent, legal guardian, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or the student applicant be a member of a labor union affiliated with the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council. NOTE: Please contact the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council at 508-426-0774 or at if you have any questions or want to verify your union’s membership in the Greater Southeastern Mass Labor Council.

  2. Be a senior in high school and plan to attend college in the fall

  3. Submit a completed scholarship application form.

  4. Submit a high school transcript.

  5. Submit a completed essay. 


Write a 700-word essay describing the history of your family’s involvement in unions. You MUST refer to the following four areas:

  1. How and why your family became involved in organized labor.
  2.  Describe any special moments in which your family benefitted from involvement in a labor union.
  3. Describe what you believe to be the value of belonging to a labor union.
  4. Explain your understanding of the union movement in America today.

Helpful hints in preparing your essay:

Get information from family members in labor unions, your family’s union shop steward and or business agent, and your teachers 

  1. Essay must be typed using 12 pt. font.  Margins should be no more than 1 inch on all sides. All lines must be double-spaced.

  2. Please return the completed essay and completed application form by April 22, 2022.

  3. Failure to submit any of the three required items by the deadline will result in disqualification.

  4. All recipients must make reasonable effort to be available for scholarship presentation at a date, time and place that is deemed safe. 

  5. All scholarship recipients must proof of acceptance to an accredited institution of higher education  

The Mission of the Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council is: 

  • To fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the working people of America through the democratic process within the framework of our constitutional government. 

  • To responsibly serve the interests of all the American people at the collective bargaining table, in the community and in the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 

  • To pledge ourselves to be a  more effective organization of working men and women; to the achievement of even higher standards of living and working conditions; to the attainment of security for all the people; to the enjoyment of the leisure which their skills make possible and to strengthen our way of life and the fundamental freedoms which are the basis of our democratic society.


The application can be mailed to:

The Greater Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Council

560 Pleasant St.

New Bedford, MA 02740-6236

Or faxed to (508) 992-0340 or e-mailed to