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CSEA announces 2016 McDonough Scholarship recipients

graduation_capCSEA recently presented our annual Thomas H. McDonough Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Studies to six children of union members (one in each region).

Named for McDonough, a previous CSEA executive vice president, the $1,000 scholarship is awarded to students who are already enrolled in a higher eduction program.

Congratulations and good luck to all of the recipients, who are listed below:

Long Island Region:
Melissa Rorech, whose parent, Anastasia Kruk, is a communications operator I at Nassau County.

Metropolitan Region:
Mario Papa, whose parent, Mario Papa Sr., is an electrician at Staten Island Developmental Center.

Southern Region:
Neil Patel, whose parent, Prakash Patel, is a motor equipment mechanic at the New York State Department of Transportation.

Capital Region:
Susanne Prendergast, whose parent, Theresa Prendergast, is a teaching assistant at the Catskill Central School District.

Central Region:
Megan Barney, whose parent, Ray Barney, is an account clerk at St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services.

Western Region:
Zachary Taylor, whose parent, Shawna Taylor, is a case supervisor at Niagara County.

2015 McDonough Scholarship recipients announced

graduation_capCSEA recently awarded six $1,000 Thomas H. McDonough Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Studies (one per region) to children of union members. McDonough had served in numerous CSEA offices, including as the union’s executive vice president. The scholarship in his name is awarded annually to former Irving Flaumenbaum scholarship recipients who are pursuing higher education.

The 2015 recipients are:
Long Island Region:
Emily Vigliotta, whose mother, Jane Vigliotta is a clerk typist at the William Floyd School District. Vigliotta is attending the College of the Holy Cross.

Metropolitan Region:
Suraj Kumar, whose mother, Suresh Bala is a food service worker at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Kumar is attending Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Southern Region:
Michelle Prakash, whose mother, Leelamma Prakash is assistant director of administrative services at Westchester County, and whose father, Koshy Prakash, is a software architect at Westchester County. Prakash is attending Siena College.

Capital Region:
Emily Hess, whose mother, Sandy Hess is a special education aide at the Shenendehowa Central School District. Hess is attending Hamilton College.

Central Region:
Kayla Dittl, whose mother, Penny Dittl is an aide at the Lowville Academy Central School District. Dittl is attending the State University of New York at Brockport.

Western Region:
Kayla Casper, whose mother, Maria Casper is a teacher aide at the Elba Central School District. Casper is attending Cazenovia College.

Southern Region scholarship recipients announced

Southern Region President Billy Riccaldo and Southern Region officers recently presented several graduating high school students with college scholarships.
Lynn Doyle, daughter of Dutchess County Unit member Carol Doyle, received the Diane Hewitt Scholarship;
Andrew Chilton, son of Lakeland School District Unit member Maureen Chilton, received the Southern Region Scholarship;
Andrew Clase, son of Ossining School District Unit member Astrid Clase, received the Community Action Scholarship; and
Anthony Lesczynski, son of Town of Wallkill Unit member Kimberly Lesczynski, was the recipient of the Humanitarian Scholarship.
Congratulations to all the recipients!


AFSCME Free College Benefit

Those calling for a return to an era when good-paying jobs did not require a college education are burying their heads in the sand. Research continues to show that a college degree is one of the best ways to achieve the American Dream, and the AFSCME Free College benefit can help.

The benefit – with no out-of-pocket costs to you – is provided by AFSCME in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, non-profit institution and a member of the University System of Ohio. AFSCME members, their families (spouses, domestic partners, children and grandchildren) and retirees can enroll in a program to earn an associate’s degree online from anywhere in the country. Credits can also be transferred to most four-year public universities.


CSEA Scholarships
CSEA awards 18 $1,000 scholarships under the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship. Plus, Pearl Carroll and MetLife each sponsor a one-time $2,500 award.
Filing for a Flaumenbaum scholarship automatically puts an applicant in consideration for the Pearl Carroll and MetLife scholarships. Application deadline is April 15, 2017.
Download the 2017 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Application
PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Please do not use applications from previous years – applications were recently revised. Please check the back, lower right corner for that date or click on the link below to download the current application.

AFSCME Scholarships and Education Benefits
AFSCME Family Scholarship program: provides ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 each that are renewed for a maximum of four years. CSEA/AFSCME members’ children (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member), and who are high school seniors are eligible. For an application, write to AFSCME Family Scholarship, Attention: Education Department, 1625 L. Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 or call (202) 429-1250. The scholarship application period opens August 1 and must be postmarked no later than December 31. Winners are announced March 31.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program: awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to CSEA/AFSCME members, spouses and children. Members must have been a member in good standing for at least one year to apply. Fill out the application online. Program opens in September and closes January 31. Winners are announced March 31.

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program: A scholarship of $5,000 per year for junior and senior years of college will be awarded to two dependents of actively employed AFSCME members who are college sophomores with a grade point average of 2.5 or above who have declared a major and have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in political activism. The recipients will also be given the opportunity to intern at the International Union Headquarters in the Political Action Department during the summer or for one semester between his/her junior and senior year. Download the application at or call (202) 429-1176. You can also get an application by mail at Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship Program, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Attention: Political Action Department, 1625 L Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20036. Deadline is May 30, 2014, and recipients are announced by Aug. 1.

Educational Resources Discounts
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Call 1-888-733-READ (7323) and ask for the special union discount.