2024 Scholarship Winners

Meet Local 881 Charitable Foundation Scholarship Winners

Five students were awarded academic scholarships by the UFCW Local 881 Charitable Foundation in June 2024. Scholarships were awarded to members and their children, with an Overall Excellence award given to the student with the highest score across all applicants. Recipients were chosen based on academic excellence, extracurricular activities, community service, and a written essay that demonstrated knowledge of a labor-related topic.

Kaitlyn DeLonker
Overall Excellence
$4,000 award

Kaitlyn is the daughter of Rebekah DeLoncker, and is the recipient of the Overall Excellence award and received a $4,000 scholarship. Kaitlyn will be a Freshman at University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign, studying Chemical Engineering.

Union Representative: Mike Ambrozewicz

Marko Ljuboja
$1,000 award

Marko is the son of Sladjana Ljuboja, and is the recipient of the 881Charitable Foundation Scholarship Award and received a $1,000 scholarship. He will be a Junior at DePaul University, studying Computer Science.

Union Representative: Corey Farrell

Megan Wong
$1,000 award

Megan is a member and is the recipient of the 881 Charitable Foundation Scholarship award and received a $1,000 scholarship. She will be a Freshman at Northwestern University, studying Biology.

Union Representative: Eric Hernandez

Colin Meadows
$1,000 award

Colin is a member and is the recipient of the 881 Charitable Foundation award and received a $1,000 scholarship. He will be a Freshman at Southern Illinois University, studying Business.

Union Representative: Mary Hajek

“Local 881 is proud to recognize these students for their outstanding academic and community achievements,” said Steve Powell, President, Local 881 and UFCW International Vice President. “Not only are they top-notch students, they also represent the labor community positively.  I feel that our future is in good hands with these students who will contribute great things to our world. Best wishes to all of the scholarship winners and their families. A special thanks to our judges who did an outstanding job of reviewing and scoring each of the applications carefully.”

Local 881 prides itself on having a completely independent review process. We invite judges from outside our organization to review the applications and select the winners. This year, the judges included:

Clint Brown,
Retired, Union Representative and Executive Board Member UFCW

Therese Murphy,
Retired Administrative Coordinator for Niles Township High Schools District 219

Alyssa Goodstein,
Communications Director for the Illinois AFL-CIO

Mary Beth Canty,
State Representative for Illinois District 54

Congratulations to the winners and best wishes for the school year!

Information regarding the 2025 UFCW Local 881 Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program will be coming soon.