The Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Trust Funds, Inc.


2023 Lou Sarno Memorial Scholarship

$4,000.00 ($1,000 x 4 years)

Scholarship Guidelines 

Scholarship Application


The member, child, grandchild or spouse of a local union member or employees of its affiliated Taft-Hartley Trust Fund, whose local union and its affiliated Taft-Hartley Trust Funds are dues paying members of the Massachusetts Coalition of Taft-Hartley Trust Funds (MCTHTF), and who is enrolled in or accepted as an undergraduate student by an accredited college or university is eligible to apply. The MCTHTF also sponsors the Colleen Sullivan Memorial Nursing Vocation Scholarship. Applicants may only apply for one of the two Coalition-sponsored scholarships. 


The applicant must provide an official copy of their current school transcript along with a 500-word (or more) essay: What can the unionized employee benefit industry do to improve retirement plan communications and health insurance plan understanding for your generation?

All applications must be postmarked or received by Friday, March 10, 2023. Email is the preferred method. Email to If sent via regular mail, must be postmarked by March 10, 2023. Mailing address is Mass Coalition c/o Dianne Shanahan, 555 Park Shore Drive #104, Naples, FL 34103 

Selection of the Scholarship Recipient 

The Executive Board of the MCTHTF shall designate a scholarship selection committee of three or more people to review and select the scholarship recipient. All applicants are reviewed anonymously. 

The Committee will complete its review and selection on or before March 31, 2023 and make announcement of the selected recipient by April 1, 2023. 

Scholarship Award Payment 

The $1,000.00 scholarship will be awarded annually to the recipient up until completion of their undergraduate degree but no more than four (4) consecutive years, and no more than $4,000.00. The scholarship recipient must provide the MCTHTF with a copy of the current and next semester tuition bill and official transcript as certification of eligibility. To continue to be eligible for the ongoing scholarship, recipient must be a student in good academic standing and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5. If it is established that this award will adversely affect the financial aid of the recipient, the Executive Board may, at its discretion, allow the scholarship proceeds to defray non-tuition, education related expenses.