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.

Application Period

December 1 to March 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 semester.

Allowed Use of Award

Awards may be used for tuition, fees, books, and other expenses associated with higher education.

Eligibility Criteria

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.

Application Process

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, 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.

Committee/Selection Process

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. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and August 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and February 15). Payment is mailed to the school for the recipient's account once required documentation is received.

To release the initial or one-time scholarship payment, send a class schedule or un/official transcript to the Community Foundation verifying full-time enrollment. To release subsequent scholarship payments, send an un/official transcript or the Abraham D. Chatman Scholarship Renewal Form to the Community Foundation verifying continued enrollment and good standing. Scholarships not claimed by February 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited.

Renewability

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.

Abraham D. Chatman Scholarship Renewal Form


Donor 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.


Questions?

Email Scholarships@racf.org or call 585.341.4350 for assistance.


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