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January 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Local 150 Scholarships Awarded

At the General Membership Meeting on July 26th, Local 150 recognized the six winners of its first annual Scholarship Program. The program, which was started with president-business manager James Sweeney’s salary as an Illinois Tollway director, awards children of Local 150 members scholarships ranging in value from $2,000 to a maximum of $10,000.

    • Tyler Bailey, of Genoa, was the winner of the four-year, $10,000 Jim Seracki Award, given in honor of a past board member of the Local 150 Food Bank. Tyler will attend Monmouth College and study biology/pre-med. Tyler’s father, Phillip, is a Local 150 member.

    • Kristi Bagus, of Palos Heights, won a four-year, $10,000 award, which she will use to study nursing at Illinois State University. Her mother, Patti Bagus, is a Local 150 member.

    • Cara Dowell, whose father, Steven, is a Local 150 member, was awarded a four-year scholarship. She is currently studying statistics at Harvard.

    • Cory Lotz, whose father is a third-generation Local 150 member, won a four-year scholarship to study biomedical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    • Elise Kibbons, of Herscher, will use a two-year, $2,000 scholarship to study agriculture education at Olivet Nazarene University. Her father, Carl, is a member of Local 150.

    • Amanda Manton, of Carol Stream, will study criminal justice at the College of DuPage after being awarded a two-year, $2,000 scholarship. Her father, William, is a mechanic and a Local 150 member.


Nearly 80 applications were received for this program, which will open again in the winter of 2013 for children in their senior year of high school. Eligibility for scholarships is limited to students whose parent or legal guardian is a member in good standing of Local 150. Children of staff members of Local 150 and its various entities are not eligible to receive scholarship awards.

Various criteria were considered in the scoring of applicants, which was performed by an objective outside panel headed by Professor Robert Bruno, professor of labor studies at the University of Illinois.

Application deadlines will be announced in upcoming issues of the Local 150 Engineer and on this website, so please check back for more information.

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