DUNKIRK - The Dunkirk Area Labor Council is currently accepting applications to its scholarship fund. Graduating seniors who will be pursuing an education in the trades or manufacturing technology, such as electrician, HVAC, pipe fitter, machinist, maintenance, auto technology, auto body, etc., are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be graduating from one of the following school districts: Brocton, Cassadaga, Chautauqua Lake, Dunkirk, Forestville, Fredonia, Pine Valley, Ripley, Silver Creek or Westfield.
To apply, students should complete the application which is available at the respective guidance departments. A typed outline of the applicants' qualifications and career goals, as well as an explanation of why they are interested in pursuing their selected trades, must also be included. To be considered, the applicant must be accepted at an accredited institution.
The completed information should be forwarded to the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation (NCCF) by April 30. The Labor Council has established a scholarship committee, comprised of community members, to review the applications. The scholarship may be renewable for a second year.
According to Doug Stock, President of the Dunkirk Area Labor Council, "We want to encourage our young people to enter the trades and manufacturing technology. There is a great need right here in our community for machinists, plumbers and others. And, the wage scale is high."
The Dunkirk Area Labor Council organizes and advocates on issues that are important to working people throughout the community. It is a member of the Western New York Area Labor Federation.
The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is dedicated to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.1 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit www.nccfoundation.org.