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.
Number and Size of Awards
Up to five awards of $2,000 each; renewable for up to four awards. See the Renewability section below for more information.
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 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.
The application process is coordinated through the Community Foundation.
To begin a new application, click here.
If you have already started an online application and would like to log in to your account to continue working, click here.
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.
Award Announcement and Payment
The Community Foundation mails a letter with instructions for claiming the award to the recipient. The scholarship can be applied to either the Fall semester (between July 1 and September 15) or Spring semester (between December 1 and March 15). Scholarships not claimed by March 15 in the assigned year will be forfeited. 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.
This scholarship is renewable for a total of up to four awards. 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.
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