Jessica Skinner, of Norwell, was the second-place scholarship winner among 26 recipients awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships this week from Sheet Metal Workers Local 17.
Skinner was awarded $14,000 in scholarship money.
The scholarship program is 100% funded by the membership of Local 17. Each member contributes 7 cents to the scholarship fund for every hour they work. The membership of Local 17 has donated more than $1.9 million in scholarships to local students since 1983.
The scholarship program is 100% funded by the membership of Local 17. Each member contributes 7 cents to the scholarship fund for every hour they work. Together, Local 17 members have donated more than $1.9 million in scholarships to local students since 1983.
“We’re proud to create opportunities for hardworking students and help put them on the path to success,” said Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 Business Manager Bob Butler. “These scholarships are part of Local 17′s commitment to giving back to the communities where our members live and work.”
Local 17 Secretary/Treasurer Russell Bartash credited the three generations of the Hayward Family, (Bob, Scott, and Sean) for leading the scholarship committee, and noted the caliber of this year’s scholarship class.
“Whether scholarship recipients plan to enroll in a four-year college, community or technical college, the military or go into the building trades, we’re thrilled to continue to lift up students as they strive for success,” said Bartash.
Scholarships are awarded based on performance on the state Labor History Exam or through a lottery drawing. This year’s scholarships also included three memorial scholarships given in honor of longtime Local 17 members Joseph J. Nigro, Charlie F. Geary, and James M. Kelly.
Students from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island are receiving scholarships this year, ranging from one-time $500 scholarships to four-year scholarships totaling $16,000.