Mar 4, 2009

Livco Dems and unions step up to the plate with scholarship contest

The Livingston County Democratic Party is stepping up to the plate with a scholarship contest to help students offset the increasing cost of college at a time when money for scholarships is drying up.

The LCDP is killing two birds with one stone by also raising the awareness of the contribution labor unions have made to this country. They created the middle class, and they raised the living conditions, wages and benefits of every single American worker. It’s no accident that the assault on labor unions by Republicans has coincided with the assault on the middle class and the widening gap between the rich and poor.

That's why the LCDP, with the help of some labor organizations, is starting an essay contest with a $500 scholarship as the top prize and a $100 scholarship to the runner up. To compete for the scholarships, high school seniors who live in Livingston County must submit an essay of between 500 and 750 words on the topic, "Unions have been important to my family and my community because ... "

Entries must be postmarked by April 15, and the results will be announced in May. Copies of the rules will soon be available on the LCDP website. In addition to sending info to the county‘s high schools, the youth outreach coordinator, Jordan Genso, is available to speak to youth groups, school classes or clubs about the essay contest. Contact Jordan at

Funds for the scholarships have been provided by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 252 of Ann Arbor, UAW Local 1284 Region 1A, individual donations and the Livingston County Democratic Party. The party hopes to add even more awards, and funds are still being solicited.

No comments: