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. 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. Deadlines and more details are on the CWA website.
The Union Plus Scholarship
Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses, and their dependent children as defined by IRS regulations are eligible to apply. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse, or parent is required. The Union Plus Scholarship application provides details on the awards and deadlines to apply.