James Buchanan Scholarship Fund
The James Buchanan Scholarship Fund Inc. offers scholarships to outstanding students of the Local 597 family. This Fund benefits children of Local 597 members with aid for furthering their education. The Fund awarded Five - $5000 scholarships for the 2017/2018, 2018/2019 & 2019/2020 academic years.
Applications are posted by January of each year and can be downloaded for printing. Completed applications, including all required documentation, should be sent to James Buchanan Scholarship Fund Inc., 311 South Wacker Drive Suite 1050, Chicago, IL 60606 by the deadline stated on the application.
The application form includes detailed instructions on everything a student needs to do in order to apply. Applicants may be required to supply certification of guardianship and/or financial dependence upon the Local 597 member. The Local 597 member must be in good standing. Further information regarding eligibility is provided on the Application Form. Applicants are also required to submit a personal statement (500 words or less) on a topic listed on the application form.
The most important considerations in determining who receives a scholarship are the applicant’s academic and personal accomplishments, and community involvement. However, financial need may also be considered, especially in situations where a “tie breaker” is needed. Previous winners are not eligible.
Applicants will be judged by an impartial selection committee. The information considered by the selection committee includes: educational achievement, particularly grade point average, class ranking, ACT and/or SAT scores. The selection committee will also consider the following information: prospective colleges or universities, employment, sports and extra-curricular activities, community and volunteer work, awards received, and the personal statement, among other factors. We look forward to awarding our scholarships to our deserving students of Local 597 members.