PROTEC17 is again offering two $3,000 scholarships this year to dependents of members. One scholarship is geared towards students who will be incoming college freshmen in the fall, and the other is for students who are continuing their education beyond freshmen year.

The application is now available on the PROTEC17 website ( In it, applicants are asked to demonstrate their academic achievement, community service, extracurricular activities, and educational goals. They are also asked to write a labor-related essay which is reviewed by outside labor educators.

Since the program’s inception in 2011, PROTEC17 has awarded 13 scholarships for a total of $39,000 towards further education for our members’ children.

Last year’s winners were Charisma Burrows and Joshua Hanigan. Burrows is the daughter of Brett Burrows – a member at the City of Tacoma. She is studying molecular and cellular biology at Johns Hopkins University and planning to enter the medical field.

Hanigan started at Linfield College last fall. As a freshman, he plays on the football team and is considering a degree in Sports Management – one of his many passions. He is the son of Pierce County member Jim Hanigan.

In their essays, past winners have highlighted how their parent’s involvement with PROTEC17 has taught them the value of working together to solve problems, as well as the importance of unions and the broader worker community.

If you are the parent, grandparent or legal guardian of a child heading off or returning to college, please encourage them to apply. The application is available at: The deadline to apply is July 31, 2019. Winners will be announced in the September/October issue of Insight magazine.

If you have any questions about the scholarship program, contact Communications Director Deidre Girard at or 206-328-7321 ext. 130.