College Scholarship Program

Our Union’s Scholarship Program was among the hard-won rights that our members went on strike to gain during the historic 1985 contract fight. It is a powerful example of the positive and long-lasting impact that past contract victories have on our members and their families. Over its 34-year existence, this 100% employer-funded program has provided many of our members’ children with the financial support necessary to pursue their dreams of a college education. Since its inception, the Fund has awarded over $10 million to more than 1,200 children of our members to pursue college education.

The Scholarship Program is a particularly important union benefit, as college tuition and fees have jumped sharply over the past 25 years. Even the cost of public universities has become a huge financial burden for many young people today. All too often, students have to take on long term debt in order to get the college degree they need. Or worse, young people without the financial ability forgo the college degree they dreamed of having. In recent years the scholarship has risen to $12,000 per student, making a college degree more affordable. Click here to read about this year's College Scholarship Winners.

The Vito J. Pitta scholarship program and the Hotel and Gaming Trades Council Division A scholarship program are now accepting applications for the 2023 awards. Click here to read more and apply!