Larry Marquardt was a tireless organizer and union leader who dedicated his life to improving the lives of working people. He was the first executive director of AFSCME Council 31, serving in that position until his death in 1980. In his memory, Council 31 has established a scholarship fund which offers AFSCME members and their children financial assistance for higher education.
Two scholarships of $2000.00 each will be awarded each school year.
To obtain an application from our website, please go to www.afscme31.org and follow the link "AFSCME Scholarships" on the left side of our homepage. Complete the application and return to the Council's Chicago office, 205 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 2100, Chicago, Illinois 60601, Attention: Scholarship Fund. All items must be completed and all information is confidential.
Completed applications must be received by 4 pm on the third Friday in April, and we encourage early application
The applicant must:
A) Be either a member of AFSCME Council 31 or a dependent child or child living in the household of a Council 31 member or retiree. (Membership of one year in good standing is required.)
B) Be a high school senior or college student under the age of 25 or a Council 31 member of any age who plans to attend school full-time and work toward an undergraduate degree or diplomas in an accredited college or vocational school.
C) Meet the requirements of the school he or she plans to attend.
Method of Selection
High school or college grades and class ranking should be submitted with the completed application form. Final selection of scholarship recipients rests with the Selection Committee, which will notify each applicant of the action taken on his or her application.
Criteria for Selection
The Committee will consider:
A) financial need
B) high school or college grades and class ranking
C) vocational goals as expressed in the application
D) 300-word essay on "Why the Labor Movement Is Important to Workers Today"
Payment of Awards
One-half of the award will be paid to the recipient at the beginning of the first term, the remainder will be paid at the beginning of the second term. Payment will be made upon receipt of proof of acceptance and registration for that term.