Eugene Mays Scholarship
Eugene J Mays was born and raised in Fairmount West Virginia. There he started his career as a coal miner and helped to unionize his co-workers into the United Mine Workers under John l. Lewis.
After Gene’s discharge from the Army in 1947, he moved to Buffalo where he was employed at the Western Electric Company. There he became a member of the Communications Workers of America and rose to the Presidency of Local 1162, which represented the Western Electric employees.
In 1951 Mr. Mays became a CWA international Representative and in 1963 was elected to Director of the Union’s Upstate New York area. Six (6) years later he was promoted to Assistant Vice President of CWA District 1 and moved to District Headquarters in New York City.
While in Buffalo, Gene was an activist in the Black community and prominent in organizations for improved racial relations.
He was a Buffalo AFL-CIO Council Board Member, a Director of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of WNY, a Director of Community Action Organization of Buffalo and the Black Business Development Corp. He also was a member of the Mayor’s Council on youth Opportunity and the Board of Managers, Michigan Ave. Branch YMCA.
His untimely death left many black people with one less effective leader and the CWA with a void that has been difficult to fill. But we remember Gene for what he left behind. His ways taught all of us the real meaning of love, dedication, devotion, understanding, compassion and equality.
He has helped all of us. For those reasons we feel it is appropriate to establish a scholarship fund in his name.
WNY Council of the CWA – Eugene Mays Scholarship Application 2014/2015
The WNY Council of the CWA Eugene Mays Scholarship fund has been contributing to the education of CWA members and families for decades. The Council is made up of ten (10) CWA Locals and the Retirees Chapter in our eight (8) Western New York Counties. The Mays foundation is funded by the annual Eugene Mays Golf Tournament and Eugene Mays Annual Dinner. Since this scholarship fund was established the Council has increased both the number and the amount of scholarships awarded annually. This coming year the Council will again offer eight (8) scholarships of $1500 each to a CWA member, child, grandchild, or spouse from a participating Local within the WNYCWA Council.
CWA members of Locals participating in the WNY Council of the CWA, their children, grandchildren, and spouse (including dependents of retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. The applicant must be a FULL TIME student of an accredited two (2) or four (4) year college for the 2015 school year. Verification of enrollment is required by no later than Friday, June 26th, 2015 or the scholarship will be forfeited and an alternate selected.
No specific area of study is required. The deadline to submit application is Friday, November 14, 2014. The eight (8) $1500 scholarships will be determined by random draw held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Winners will be notified via US Mail.
The Scholarships will be presented to the awardees at our 41st Annual Eugene Mays Memorial Awards Dinner on Friday, January 9, 2015 and/or after the awardees submits verification of enrollment thereafter, until the stated deadline of Friday, June 26, 2015.
Scholarship award winners will be invited to say a few words on “What it means to be part of a UNION family” at the awards dinner on Friday, January 9, 2015.
(The above was reprinted courtesy of CWA 1122)
Visit the WNY Council of the CWA web site for more information.
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