The NYCDCC offers a Scholarship Program (known as the “Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship”) through the Welfare Fund for unmarried, dependent, natural, or adopted Children of eligible members. For purposes of the Scholarship Program, these Children are all referred to as “Qualifying Children.” International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), administers the Scholarship Program.
How the Plan Works
This benefit is a scholarship program for unmarried, dependent, natural or legally adopted Children, regardless of age who:
- Are entering college as freshmen without prior college credit;
- Are entering college with prior college credit earned while completing high school (in an early admissions placement program or advanced placement program); or
- Are mid-year graduates who entered college prior to the academic year beginning in September, when a scholarship would first be payable, and who earned one-half year of college credit.
If you are a Retiree, your Qualifying Children are eligible for this program if you met the scholarship eligibility requirements described above at the time of your retirement.
The Scholarship Program is not available for post-graduate work.
The Scholarship Program pays up to $3,500 for each year of a four-year academic program at an accredited college or university, or until the Child receives a bachelor’s degree, whichever occurs first. The maximum amount of the award is $14,000 per student. Currently, 25 students are selected to receive scholarships each year, although this number is subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
Any other financial assistance (e.g., awards, aid, loans) received by your Child must be reported to ISTS. ISTS adjusts the scholarship so that the combination of financial assistance and the award do not exceed total tuition, room and board expenses and usual fees. New York State Regents awards, however, are not taken into consideration.
How to Apply
The application process occurs during the student’s senior year of high school:
September- You can request an application by visiting ISTS’s website at https://aim.applyists.net/NYCDCC.
December- Your Child needs to take the College Board SAT Reasoning Test by December. Your Child must upload a copy of his/her SAT scores using the drop down menu on the academic page of the online application by December 15th. Applications received after the due date will not be accepted.
How many Scholarships are awarded per year and what is the annual amount?
Currently, the Welfare Fund awards twenty-five (25) Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarships per year, although this number is subject to change at the discretion of the Board of Trustees. The amount awarded is $3,500 per year and is renewable for up to four years.
What requirements do I have to satisfy in order for my child to be eligible for the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship?
There are minimum hours and other requirements which are set forth in the Summary Plan Description and which you can also find online when applying for the Scholarship.
What are the criteria used in the selection of the Scholarship recipients?
Numerous factors are considered including SAT scores, rank-in-class, leadership qualities, high school academic records, extracurricular activities, test scores, writing samples and letters of recommendation.
How do I obtain a Scholarship Application?
You can apply online by going to www.nyccbf.org and following the links for the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship.
My child is currently in high school. When is the application due for the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship?
Your child should apply at the beginning of his/her senior year of high school and no later than December 15th of his/her senior year.
*Disclaimer: The Funds have prepared these informal answers to frequently asked questions for the convenience of our participants and contributing employers. The Funds have made every effort to provide accurate answers, but they are not legally binding and do not address every possible situation. The Collection Policy, Trust Agreements, and Collective Bargaining Agreements are official legal documents and supersede any inconsistent statements herein.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
In addition to the Charles Johnson Jr. Memorial Scholarship offered through the Benefit Funds, other opportunities to obtain college scholarships for NYCDCC members exist as well. They are as follows:
The New York Building Industry Scholarship Program-
The New York Building Industry Scholarship Program is sponsored by the Industry Advancement Program of the Building Contractors Association, Inc. The Scholarship awards are $2,000 per year for a maximum of four years. Winners of the New York Building Industry Scholarship Program may attend any accredited four-year college or university in the United States and may select any course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree. To apply, go to https://aim.applyists.net/BCAIAP.
Local Union Scholarships-
Some NYCDCC Locals offer their own Scholarship Programs as well. To find out more information about eligibility and how to apply, please contact these Locals directly. Here is a list of these Locals and their contact information:
- Local 45- 718-464-6016
- Local 157- 212-685-0567
- Local 1556- 212-989-2284
- Local 2287- 212-929-2940