PROTEC17 is again offering two $3,000 college 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 15 scholarships for a total of $45,000 towards further education for our members’ children. 

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 deadline to apply is July 31, 2020. Winners will be announced in the September/October issue of Insight magazine and on our website and social media channels. 

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

The scholarship program is part of our broader member benefits program, which includes our professional development fund to help with our members’ career advancement. You can learn more about both programs on the same page of our website.