The North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters is committed to improving the lives of its members and their families. One way that we accomplish this is through our annual NASRCC scholarship. Scholarships are available to dependents of members (or members themselves) who plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college/university or vocational program. Last year, 126 applicants received awards, with a top prize of $7,500.
The eligibility guidelines established by the Scholarship Committee can be found here. Applications may be filled out online by clicking here. You will need to upload a copy of your essay, proof of enrollment, and a copy of your transcript in the online form.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19, 2024. Anything received after this time will not be accepted.
Applicants will be required to write an essay of between 500 and 1000 words on the following topic:
Historically, construction unions and environmentalists have been at odds about investments in fossil fuel infrastructure and housing/commercial development. Analyze the impact of current federal and state climate change policies on the construction industry and our union’s members. Can the Carpenters union support environmentalism while ensuring work opportunities for members? Discuss what is currently being done in this area and the possibilities for the future.
Note: Essays that do not meet the word count criteria will be disqualified. If you use outside references or sources please cite them.
To eliminate bias, the scholarship committee is blind to the identity of the applicant. Essays are numerically coded to prevent any reader from having knowledge of the writer. Persons awarded first or second place in a prior year are ineligible for first or second place in subsequent years.
2023 Scholarship Recipients
Click here for a complete list of 2023 scholarship winners, along with the names of the parent/guardian that is a member and that member’s local affiliation. The first prize winner, Casey McQuesten, received $7,500. He will be a junior at The University of Rhode Island this fall. His father, Thomas McQuesten, is a member of Local 330. The second prize winner, Shane Gannon, received $5,000. He will be a sophomore at State University of New York Plattsburgh this fall. His father, John Gannon, is a member of Local 279. Read their winning essays here.
Each year, the NASRCC awards scholarships to members in good standing and children of members in good standing who are enrolled in post high school education.
This year, $90,900 was given in varying amounts to 126 winners. Awards are funded by settlements with contractors and other contributions to help members with the ever-increasing costs of higher education.
The program requires applicants to maintain a “C” average and complete an essay on an assigned topic by the submission deadline. Essays are graded by committee members with the identities of authors kept anonymous.