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CFL Scholarships for Union Families


Applications for the 2021 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships are still available online at Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards scholarships to ten high school seniors, five to the winners of the Academic Competition and five to the winners of the Random Drawing. The scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States. An applicant must be a senior in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021. Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union. To confirm a union’s affiliation status, please call 312-222-1000.

The applicant must choose to enter either the Academic Competition or Random Drawing. Students are not eligible to enter both categories. Applicants attempting to enter both categories will be disqualified from both categories.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, applications will only be accepted electronically. Completed applications must be received by the Chicago Federation of Labor by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Applications should be emailed to All parts of the application should be turned in at the same time. Odds of receiving a scholarship are good, so the effort to apply is worthwhile. Downloadable applications and additional details are available online at:


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