CBTU Leonard C Ball, James H Bell, & Ronald Reliford Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Application

Each year CBTU awards ten scholarships to high school and college students in the names of three men who exemplified union activism and a thirst for knowledge. The Leonard C. Ball, James H. Bell, and Ronald Reliford Scholarship Fund was established to honor the late Leonard Ball, the first Executive Director of CBTU and the top aide to AFSCME International Secretary-Treasurer William Lucy, the late Jim Bell, President of the New York Chapter of CBTU and a major force in city politics, and the late Ronald Reliford, Chief Sargent-at-Arms of CBTU and Field Director for AFSCME.

Students who have or about to graduate from high school and have already been accepted by a college or university, are eligible for this scholarship.

Students who are currently enrolled in a college or university, have completed their freshman year, with a minimum 2.5 grade point average, are eligible for this scholarship.

Students applying for this scholarship must be sponsored by a CBTU member in good standing.
Ten recipients will receive a minimum of $2,000 each.

Only Undergraduate students are eligible to apply.
Qualifying students:

Must have written evidence of acceptance and or attendance at an accredited college/university.

College Student must have a "C" average GPA among other criteria. This will be a determining factor in the selection process.

Among other requirements, students must submit a typewritten essay of no less than 300 words, subject as follows,

Freshman year students essay subject: Why should Young People get Involved in Politics?

Sophomore year students essay subject: Leadership and Services, What does it Mean? In addition include in your essay an example of your Leadership and Service.

Junior year students essay subject: Valuing our Vote

Senior year students essay subject: A College Education, Provides Me Choices.


Application forms and more scholarship information are available from CBTU's national office. Write: CBTU Office, P.O. Box 66268, Washington, DC 20035-6268. The scholarship recipients are announced at CBTU's annual national convention in late May.

In addition, many CBTU chapters sponsor their own youth programs and student scholarship funds. Check the CBTU Chapter Directory on this site and contact your local CBTU affiliate for information about their student aid or youth initiatives.