Duluth Building and Construction Trades Council Scholarship


Scholarship Value: $2,500
Awards Available: 2

Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to children of members of unions affiliated with the Duluth Building Trades Council.

Application Criteria

Graduating seniors with a grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher whose parent/guardian is a member of one of the 17 unions affiliated with the Duluth Building Trades Council are welcome to apply. These unions are: Boilermakers Local 647, Bricklayers Local 1, Carpenters Local 361, Cement Masons Local 633, Elevator Constructors Local 9, Electrical Workers Local 242, Insulators Local 49, Iron Workers Local 512, Laborers Local 1091, Millwrights Local 1348, Operating Engineers Local 49, Painters Local 106, Plumbers/Steam fitters Local 11, Roofers Local 96, Sheet Metal Workers Local 10, Sprinkler Fitters Local 669, and Teamsters Local 346.

Preference will be given to students entering the health care field, but applicants in other fields are encouraged to apply as well. Students should complete and submit the DSACF Common Application by the January 15 deadline day. A complete application will also include an academic transcript (including standardized test scores), two recommendations and an essay describing what union membership has meant to the student's family.

Recipient Responsibilities

A) The majority of communication between recipients and the scholarship administrators will take place via email or other appropriate technology. Recipients are required to have and regularly check their email and notify the Community Foundation of any changes to their contact information.

B) Recipients of DSACF scholarships are expected to acknowledge acceptance of the award promptly. This acknowledgment will take two forms, completion of an Acceptance Form provided by the Community Foundation and secondly, a thank you letter/card to the award's sponsor. The Community Foundation will provide names and addresses as needed. If unable to accept the scholarship, the committee should be given that information and a reason in a prompt manor.

C) Recipients must inform the DSACF of all other scholarship they are receiving. Total awards for any given semester can not exceed the stated cost for attendance at that institution.

D) Recipients must complete enough credits to be recognized as a full-time student in each semester an award is made. Likewise, a satisfactory grade point average (different by scholarship) must be maintained.

E) If the student receives funds from the college due to non-completion of a term or not attending full time, these funds are to be returned to the DSACF. If the college requirements are not met, but there is no refund, the scholarship will be forfeited.

F) The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation hopes that recipients recognize and appreciate the contributions their award has made to their futures. It further anticipates that, in the years to come, recipients find some way to give back to the community that provided them with these opportunities.

Fund Story

Funding for the Duluth Building & Construction Trades Council Scholarship came from the sale of the Shoreview House of Hope. The visionary Shoreview was established in the 1980's to fill a housing need for patients who came to Duluth for medical treatment and for families visiting family members who were receiving treatment. The Duluth Building Trades Council received the first Minnesota AFL-CIO Community Services Award for Shoreview.

Eventually these medical housing needs were met by the health care industry and this made it difficult for Shoreview to remain viable. A decision was made to sell the house and use the profits to establish a scholarship fund, thus creating a living legacy for Shoreview House of Hope.

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