At the 25th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1984 a resolution was passed, creating the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund, to honor his service to the International Union all of his adult life, his accomplishments, and his progressive thinking.
At the 27th General Convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 1994, General President A.L. “Mike” Monroe and the General Executive Board passed a resolution to increase the S. Frank “Bud” Raftery Scholarship Fund to $20,000, allowing for ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 annually. This was done because of their strong beliefs in the principles for which the Scholarship Fund was created, and the need to continue and enhance the Convention theme of Organizing, Education, and Training, which was designed to bring all of our members and their families into the strategic planning and operation of our International Union through educational programs.

Sons, daughters, or legal dependents of IUPAT members in good standing, are eligible to apply for scholarships within this fine program. All applicants must submit an essay, no less than 1,000 words, and no more than 2,000 words, on an essay topic selected by the IUPAT Scholarship Committee.

The selected topic for 2019 is as follows: Community Organizing for Real Economics (CORE) is an IUPAT initiative to foster the growth and community presence of the IUPAT through community partnerships. How do communities benefit from these partnerships, and how can the IUPAT strengthen these relationships to increase membership and market share? The scholarship awards are contingent upon the student attending a certified college, university, vocational tech./trade or other such institutes of higher learning. Award winners must enroll in the school of their choice within a year of the award date or forfeit the award. Details and an application form are carried in a fall issue of the “Painters and Allied Trades Journal.” The deadline for essays to reach the International Union Headquarters is January 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in April 2019.

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