District 141 is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Adolph Stutz Memorial Scholarships. Skye Balfour, daughter of United Airlines CSR Julie Balfour, a member of Detroit Air Transport Local 141 earned the top $2,000 prize.
The topic for this year’s scholarship competition was “How can our Local Lodges better serve our communities?” Skye wrote a poignant essay narrating how her adoption by the Balfour family when she was just three months old changed her life. She described how the IAM could help raise awareness of the needs of children living in foster care and those awaiting adoption, and how the union could support adoptive and foster parents. She also mentioned the need for job opportunities for children who “age out” of the foster care system. Skye has grown into an accomplished musician who is planning to major in music performance in violin and viola.
Other finalists who each won a $1,000 scholarship are listed in alphabetical order:
Meron E. Aria, daughter of Ermias A. Goitom, Local Lodge 1886
Tyrone Bullock, Jr., son of Adam Kramer, Local Lodge 1776
Jessica Li, daughter of Nestor Li, Local Lodge 141
Robert Alexander Perla Ventura, son of Alexander Perla, Local Lodge 811
Jocelyn Shin, daughter of Cindy Shin, Local Lodge 1782
Giancarlo Royal, son of John Royal, Local Lodge 1322
Congratulations to all the winners!