Abraham D. Chatman Scholarship
Purpose of Scholarship
For dependent children (as described per union rules) of members of local unions affiliated with Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United.
November 1 to February 1
Number and Size of Awards
Five awards of $8,000 each; paid as $2,000 per year for up to four consecutive years of undergraduate study. Award paid in the Fall and divided equally between the Fall and Spring semesters.
Allowed Use of Award
Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.
For dependent children (as described per union rules) of currently employed members of local unions affiliated with Rochester Regional Joint Board, Workers United, who:
- Are graduating high school seniors entering a two- or four-year institution or are currently enrolled in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, and;
- Have a minimum 2.5 GPA (C+ or higher for high school students).
Financial need is a consideration.
The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation, and this scholarship is grouped with other scholarships in our Consolidated Scholarship Application. This means that by completing this one application, you will automatically be considered for any and all other scholarships connected to the Consolidated Application.
To apply for this scholarship and more, complete the Consolidated Scholarship Application.
To continue working on the Consolidated Application or another application you have already started, check the status of your application, or accept and release a scholarship you have been awarded, click here and go to the My Applications tab.
This is an Employer Related Scholarship, and the Rochester Regional Joint Board will confirm the applicant's status as a dependent child of a union member.
The selection process is coordinated through the Community Foundation. A committee comprised of Community Foundation staff and community representatives reviews applications and selects recipient(s).
Note: Applicant names are sent to the Rochester Regional Joint Board for confirmation of eligibility.
Award Announcement and Payment
The Community Foundation emails an award notification with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient in April. Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient’s account in one lump sum in the Fall and split between the Fall and Spring semesters once required documentation is received.
upload the requested and required information including your class schedule and tuition bill verifying full-time enrollment to the Community Foundation’s online Consolidated Scholarship Application between July 1 and August 15.
To release subsequent scholarship payments, upload the requested and required information including your unofficial transcript, class schedule, tuition bill, and the Abraham D. Chatman Scholarship Renewal Form verifying continued enrollment and good standing to the Community Foundation’s online Scholarship Acceptance and Renewal Form between July 1 and August 15.
Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
This scholarship is renewable up to three times for a total of up to four awards in four consecutive years. Award renewability varies per recipient:
- Graduating high school seniors receive awards that are renewable for a total of four awards in four consecutive years;
- College freshman receive awards that are renewable for a total of three awards in three consecutive years;
- College sophomores receive awards that are renewable for a total of two awards in two consecutive years; and
- College juniors receive one-time awards that are not renewable.
Please see the Award Announcement and Payment section above for more information.
This scholarship was established to honor Abe Chatman, who served as manager of the Rochester Regional Joint Board for more than 50 years. During his tenure, he led the union to prominence, established the Sidney Hillman Health Center, and became the spokesman for organized labor in Rochester and much of upstate New York.
To make your own gift to this fund, click here.
Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.
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