Scholarships for Union Families

Applications for the ADC's 2019 R.E. Shepherd Scholarship are now available!

The Robert E. Shepherd Scholarship Fund was established in 1977 to honor one of the founding fathers and most influential members of the Ceramic Tile Layers Union, Local 67 of Illinois. Holding the highest position in the local union and named a vice-president of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, his vision was instrumental to the growth and success of the union movement. This scholarship continues his legacy of helping proud union families prosper.


The R.E. Shepherd Scholarship Foundation will award four $5,000 scholarships based on academic achievement and potential, and one $5,000 scholarship to be determined by a random drawing of all those applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or above who did not win one of the four academic scholarships.


Each candidate must be:

  1. A high school senior at the time of application.
  2. Provisionally accepted as a full-time student into an undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university.
  3. A dependent child of a member in good standing of the BAC ADC 1 of IL.

Entry Requirements:

 The following information is required from each candidate:

  1. Official transcript of all high school records.
  2. A copy of your high school’s method for calculating your GPA.
  3. Official copy of ACT or SAT test results. 
  4. A completed application, including all required attachments listed on the last page of this application (essays, extra-curricular activities, etc.) postmarked no later than March 15th, 2019.
Download the application below!

Other Union Scholarships Available

In addition to the Shepherd Scholarship, the following scholarships are also available to union families:

The Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of union families. Ranging from $500 to $4,000, Union Plus scholarships are one-time awards for study beginning in the Fall of 2019, and students may re-apply each year.

You can apply online at the Union Plus website at:

The application deadline is Monday, January 31, 2019.

The William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship from the Chicago Federation of Labor

The William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship will once again be awarded to 10 high school seniors who will be graduating in the spring of 2019. Five academic-based scholarships and five random-drawing scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, will be awarded.

Applications are available on the CFL website at:

The application deadline is Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

The Construction Industry Service Corporation (CISCO) Scholarship

CISCO is offering three four-year scholarships ($2,000/year) for seniors planning to attend a four-year university, and two two-year scholarships ($1,000/year) for seniors planning to attend community college.

Applications are available on the CISCO website at:

The application deadline is Friday, February 22, 2019.

R.E. Shepherd Scholarship Application: