The 28th Annual Florence Bernard and Alta Miller Scholarship Drawing was held during the 2018 Local Union Officers Meeting in St. Louis.
During the formal dinner event, the wives of the HFIAW International Vice Presidents and Administrators pulled the winning names, which were then officially announced by General Secretary-Treasurer Greg Revard and General President James McCourt.
The recipients of this year’s $5,000 scholarships are all members of the HFIAW, their spouses or children who are continuing their education at an accredited college, community college, trade or technical school for the 2018-2019 school year.
Also this year, the Canadian Building Trades funded a separate $2,000 scholarship for all eligible entries from Canadian Brothers and Sisters. This is the third year where all scholarship entries were combined into one collection basket for a lottery style drawing.
The scholarship fund began in 1990 with a dinner to honor the late General President Emeritus William G. Bernard. The scholarship dinner turned into an annual event.
During the 2007 Convention, delegates voted to perpetually fund the scholarship by the general membership at a rate of a half-cent per hour worked. At the 2017 Convention, a resolution was passed to raise the hourly contribution to 1 cent per hour worked, beginning on Jan. 1, 2020 to ensure the financial stability of the fund.
An official announcement of recipients of the 2018 Florence Bernard and Alta Miller Scholarship will be included in the Fall edition of The Insulators Journal.