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CWA Scholarships Put Families Ahead

CWA's commitment to lifelong learning begins with a commitment to helping members' children attend college.


  • The Joseph Anthony Beirne Foundation, established in honor of CWA's founding president, each year awards 30 two-year scholarships to members, spouses or their children in the United States or Canada, paid at the rate of $3,000 annually. The fund is maintained through voluntary contributions from CWA locals, officers and members. Applicants must be high school graduates or seniors. Prior recipients may not apply. Beirne applications for next year will be accepted starting in December and must be postmarked no later than March 31, 1998.

  • The Ray Hackney Scholarship Fund was established in 1965, in memory of a CWA vice president who worked closely with communications unions belonging to Postal, Telegraph and Telephone International, now known as Communications International. Eight scholarships of $4,000 each, payable at $1,000 for each of four years, are awarded to CWA members, their spouses or children in the United States. An additional eight scholarships of $2,000 each are awarded to members or dependents of Communications International unions in Central or South America, Mexico and the Caribbean nations. Hackney applications must be mailed by Feb. 28, 1998.

  • Union Plus Credit Card scholarships range from $500 to $4,000 one-time payments, and are available to CWA members, spouses or children, whether or not the member is a card holder. Applicants must write a 500-word essay on why they deserve a union scholarship. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 1998.




CWA scholarships are administered through the office of Executive Vice President M.E. Nichols. However, applications should be obtained from your CWA local. When requesting information, please include the member's name, local and Social Security number.