TWU is now accepting applications
for the Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund. This scholarship will offer 15 college-bound dependents of TWU members with a scholarship worth $4,800. This scholarship will be paid out per year in the amount of $1,200 to winners who continue to be eligible over their four-year course of study.
The union has been honoring our founder with these scholarships since 1969. Quill Scholarship awards have benefitted hundreds of TWU families. Sons and daughters of our members in transit, railroad and air transportation, utilities, public employment, space installations, and allied industries are among those who began their college educations with the help of TWU’s signature scholarship.
We have three additional sponsors: Union Benefit Planners has again agreed to sponsor an additional eight scholarships worth $2,500 each. M3 Technology will sponsor five scholarships worth $2,000 each and Vincent Pitta, from Pitta & Giblin LLP, in memory of J. Brian Dugan, will sponsor two scholarships worth $2,500 each. All of the above sponsored scholarships will be paid out in the first year, as a single scholarship. The application and additional information, including eligibility requirements, are below.
The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2017; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted—there will be no exceptions. There will be no applications accepted by fax or email. Winners of the scholarships will be determined by a public drawing to be held in May. Winners will be notified by mail 5–7 days thereafter.
Important to Note:
- Applicant must be a current high school senior.
- You must know the TWU local number of the relative, if alive, on whose membership or former membership in TWU the student’s eligibility depends. Complete Section C of the application.
- You must have the student's high school principal fill out Section D of the application.
- When all sections are completed, the application should be returned—and postmarked no later than 4/21/2017—to:
Michael J. Quill Scholarship Fund
Transport Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
501 3rd Street, NW, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20001
The Quill Scholarship Program is supervised by International Executive Vice President John Samuelsen with the able assistance of Executive Secretary Tinisha Thompson.
When is the deadline?
The deadline for all applications is April 21, 2017; no applications postmarked after this date will be accepted—no exceptions. Download the application here
Who is eligible?
Sons and daughters and dependent brothers and sisters (claimed with IRS) of present, retired, or deceased TWU members who are high school seniors and will enter an accredited college beginning with the Fall term are eligible. Sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters of full-time, paid officers of the union are not eligible.
How does an applicant qualify?
The applicant must be certified twice. First, a TWU local must certify the facts that make the applicant eligible. Secondly, the principal of the high school must attest that the applicant is capable of doing college work. The applicant must comply with the Rules of the Scholarship Fund, available upon request.
How does a person apply?
Fill out and mail in the application. Download the application here
How is the scholarship paid?
The scholarship money is paid directly to the college or university that the recipient attends.
How are the winners decided?
Winners of the scholarships will be determined by a public drawing to be held in May. Winners will be notified by mail 5–7 days thereafter.