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 2022 U.S. Bates Scholarship will open for applications in February 2022, when program information and the online application form will be accessible on this webpage.

BAC annually awards three scholarships to students whose parents or step-parents are U.S. BAC members. The stipends are $5,000 per year for up to four years – up to $20,000 total.

For further information, please contact BAC’s Education Department at [email protected] or 1-888-880-8222 ext. 3887.


BAC Secretary-Treasurer Bob Arnold

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors, five to the winners of the Academic Competition, and five to the winners of the Random Drawing. The scholarships, valued at $2,000 each, may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

The Chicago Federation of Labor renamed the scholarship in 1985 to honor Mr. Lee, the CFL’s longest-serving president. Mr. Lee devoted over 60 years to the cause of labor and civic and community service, with 38 of those years at the CFL.

CISCO has begun to accept applications for its long-standing Annual Scholarship Awards Program.  Applications for this program are available by clicking on one of the three types of scholarship awards below. 

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.5 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 2020, and students may re-apply each year.

For additional information or to complete an on-line application, please visit the Union Plus website at:

The application deadline for 2022 scholarships is 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on January 31, 2022.