One scholarship, each with a value of $1,500.00, is to be made available for use during recipients' first year at any accredited college, university, vocational or technical institution in the United States or Canada. Scholarships will be awarded in May 2023 by the Scholarship and Existence Fund, USW District 12, as determined by a selection committee comprised of professional educators.


  1. Children, stepchildren, or legal wards of active members of local unions affiliated with the Scholarship and Existence Fund, United Steelworkers, District 12;
  2. Must have a 2.75 GPA or better during junior or senior year in high school; and,
  3. Graduate from high school in 2023.

The Philip Murray Memorial Scholarship does not discriminate based on sex, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, race, religion (including non-belief), political affiliation and intended course of study.

Available 2023 Phillip Murray Memorial Scholarships:

• California (Sub-District 1 ): 9 Awards
• Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah (Sub-District 2): 2 Awards
• Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington and Idaho (Sub-District 3): 3 Awards


  1. Applicants must fill out the attached application form and secure the signature of the member's local union financial secretary to indicate active union membership and applicant relationship eligibility;
  2. Prepare a short (300-500 words) essay outlining "What effect does a strong labor movement have on the working class in a democratic society?"; and,
  3. Mail the completed application, essay and high school transcript, postmarked by April 15, 2023, to The Scholarship Committee, United Steelworkers District 12, to the respective address below:
    Sub-District 1 -100 N. Citrus St. Suite 640, West Covina, CA 91791 Ph: (626)966-6852
    Sub-District 2-3150 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 21, Albuquerque, NM 87110 Ph: (505) 878-9756 Sub-District 3- 3150 Carlisle Blvd NE, Suite 21, Albuquerque, NM 87110 Ph: (505)878-9756

CONDITIONS OF THE AWARD: Recipients of the 2023 Philip Murray Memorial Scholarships will have arrangements made for the payment of their first year's tuition, fees and books up to a maximum of $1,500 with the official of the institution charged with administration of scholarships. The Scholarship payment will be made when a copy of the recipient's acceptance letter from the learning institution is presented to United Steelworkers. Should the recipient fail to send the requested information and acceptance letter from the learning institution by December 31, 2023, the award will be invalid. Incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.

Recipients of the scholarships and participating local unions will be notified by letter from USW District 12; award decisions of the Scholarship Committee are final. District 12 wishes you all the best in your educational endeavors.

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