The CWA Joseph A. Beirne
Foundation Scholarship Program
The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern.
Sixteen partial college scholarships of $4,000 each are being offered for the 2019-2020 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.
Eligible for the awards are CWA members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members. CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.
Applications are accepted starting Mid-November through April. Final deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.
The Vincent & Patricia Maisano
Labor Scholarship Program
The award is being presented as a tribute to the second CWA District 13 International Vice President and the former Secretary-Treasurer of CWA Local 13000. Both of these CWA officers retired in April of 2005.
Vince and Pat both placed a high priority on education. On October 7, 2005, this award was established at Vince & Pat's retirement celebration. The 1st annual award was presented in 2006.
All CWA District 2-13 members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA District 2-13 members) who are or were members in good standing at the time of separation from the Union may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not apply.
One (1) scholarship, to be paid at the rate of $1,000.00, will be awarded to an eligible applicant from the District 2-13 Potomac Region.
Applications will be accepted during the months of December through March. Final deadline is March 31st of the year in which the scholarship will be awarded.
The winners will be chosen by lottery drawing, and the winners will be notified before being announced on the website.