SEA FacRep Isabel Cole Awarded $1,000 Scholarship
Thursday, June 28, 2012
It's been a good year for NATCA Western Service Area (WSA) Safety Representative and Seattle Tower Facility Representative (SEA) Isabel Cole and it's gotten even better with the exciting news that Union Plus has awarded her a $1,000 scholarship.
Cole, a student at Seattle University School of Law, was selected earlier this year as the 2012 recipient of the school’s Mary Ellen Krug Award, which honors dedication and distinction in the field of labor and employment law.
The Union Plus scholarship gave Cole special satisfaction because of its significance in recognizing union members who are dedicated to representing the issues of working people.
“It is always an honor to get a scholarship,” Cole said. “And even though it is a scholarship, it seems it is more a recognition of my dedication to union work that tipped the scales in my favor. So it is nice to get the recognition for the time I've given to NATCA. And every little bit off the total cost of law school is a welcome benefit.”
Union Plus has awarded $150,000 in scholarships this year to 129 students representing 44 unions. In this 20th anniversary year of the scholarship program, more than 5,600 applications were received from union members and families in all 50 states.
“Education is a core value for the American union worker,” said Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, the organization that provides the Union Plus benefits. “With rising tuition, the Union Plus scholarship program can make all the difference in enabling union members and their families to further their education."
Cole has been a longtime NATCAvist with years of experience in many aspects of the Union, including several terms as facility representative and vice president at Seattle Tower, Chair of the 1998 Seattle Convention Committee and Northwest Mountain Regional Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs Lead.
Union Plus scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. Since 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than $3.3 million in educational funding to more than 2,200 union members, spouses and dependent children. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.
For more information about the Union Plus scholarship program, please click HERE.