Brittany Flynn of Burbank, CA, whose father Pete Flynn is a member of International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employes, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States, Its Territories and Canada (IATSE) Local 44, has been awarded a Union Plus Scholarship.
“With credit so tight, prices rising and fewer loans available to students who want to attend college, scholarship programs like these are more important than ever,” says Leslie Tolf, president of Union Privilege, the organization that administers the scholarship program.
From teaching Sunday school to playing basketball, from keeping up her excellent grades to producing a television show for other teenagers, Brittany’s life is a whirlwind of energy and activity. In writing her recommendation letter, one of her teachers commented, “There have to be at least 10 Brittany Flynns that exist, because there is no way one person could do all that she does!”
Many of the things Brittany does involve helping others, especially children. She views her commitment to service as reflecting the values she learned in a union household. “I have grown up understanding the importance of the labor movement and unions in our society,” she says. “I plan on using my education to continue making a change and improving conditions.”
Brittany is one of 108 students representing 40 unions awarded a total of $150,000 in Union Plus Scholarships. The awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. Since 1992, Union Plus has awarded more than $2.4 million in scholarships to union families. Recipients are selected based on academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. Please visit www.UnionPlus.org/ Scholarships for information on eligibility and to receive a notification when the application is available for next year’s scholarships.
Union Privilege offers an array of Union Plus benefits that save money for union members and their families. These include mortgage and finance benefits, education and insurance benefits and even money-saving offers on health services and vacations. Union members can visit www.UnionPlus.org to find out which programs their unions offer.