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UTUIA Scholarship

In September 1973, United Transportation Union Insurance Association established a scholarship program to benefit the children and grandchildren of UTU/UTUIA members. Fifty continuing $500 scholarships are awarded each year with the goal of providing 200 (50 new and 150 continuing scholarships) each year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of annual drawings. Over $1.6 million in scholarships has been awarded since inception of the program.

Clearly, the amount provided to each student through the UTUIA Scholarship Program is insufficient to meet the spiraling costs of a college education. The goal of UTUIA is to assist as many students as possible. UTUIA scholarship funds may be used for tuition, books, or any other related expenses.

UTUIA scholarship winners will receive the full amount of the award each year for up to four years of undergraduate study as long as a satisfactory academic record is maintained.

UTUIA recipients are enrolled in some of the finest and most prestigious colleges and universities in the world. We are proud of the many achievements of past scholarship winners who have contributed so much to our great nation.

Applications must be received each year by the last business day in March.

Only one application may be submitted per student. Incomplete, photocopied or duplicate applications will not be accepted.

The application form printed in the traditional print version of the January edition of the UTU News is the official scholarship application form and is the only one that will be accepted. If you need an application form, write to the address below, and include your UTU local or UTUIA local unit number.

NORTH OLMSTED, OH 44070-5333

Fifty continuing $1,000 scholarships are awarded each year upon verification of enrollment for the fall term. The scholarships are prorated according to the number of SMART Transportation Division members in each of nine districts. The names of the 50 scholarship winners for the academic year 2015/2016 will be drawn at UTUIA headquarters in North Olmsted after the March 31 deadline for submission of applications.

s of a UTUIA scholarship applicant are that he or she be a U.S. citizen, at least a high school senior or equivalent, and age 25 or under.

Applicants must be associated with the UTUIA by either owning a UTUIA insurance policy, or by being the child or grandchild of a current UTUIA policyholder. Scholarship applicants must also be associated with the SMART Transportation Division by belonging to the union, or by being the child or grandchild of an active or lifetime SMART Transportation Division member.

Applicants also must be accepted for admittance, or already enrolled, for at least 12 credit hours per quarter or semester at a recognized institution of higher learning (university, college or junior college, nursing or technical school offering college credit). Graduate schools are not included. Families of full-time SMART Transportation Division officers are not eligible.

Previous scholarship winners are exempt from the new UTUIA policyholder connection requirement; they may renew their annual scholarship if otherwise eligible. This exemption is for the renewal of existing scholarships only, and all new applicants must meet the UTUIA and SMART Transportation Division association requirements above.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of chance, not grades. A UTUIA scholar, however, is expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record to maintain the scholarship for the full four years.

The UTUIA Scholarship Committee decides whether individual scholarships should be continued or discontinued. Each successful applicant must provide annual proof of eligibility on or before a deadline set by the scholarship committee to qualify for a continuing award. The day-to-day management of the program is handled by the office of the UTUIA General Secretary and Treasurer.

Invest in the Chance of a Lifetime
The UTUIA Scholarship Program is an open program. All eligible students, regardless of previous grades or future plans that don’t happen to include college, are strongly urged to apply, to take five minutes to invest in the chance of a lifetime, the chance for a better future.

UTUIA Scholarship Districts
District States Number of Scholarships Available
1 Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont 5
2 Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania 4
3 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia 8
4 Indiana, Michigan, Ohio 5
5 Illinois, Wisconsin 4
6 Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas 6
7 Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota 7
8 Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah 8
9 Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming 3