MAPE scholarships available for members and their families

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MAPE is again offering thousands of dollars in educational scholarships to members and their families. Four scholarships are available for members, and one for their spouses and dependents. Groups of members may also apply for the scholarships. 

Professional employees need ongoing training to maintain their competency, enhance their professional development and fulfill their continuing education requirements. Training opportunities are rapidly shrinking in the public sector, making it increasingly difficult for professional employees to have their training needs met.

A sub-group of the MAPE’s board of directors recently updated the scholarship policy and simplified the application process. “It’s important for the union to give back to members and their dependents to show we care about their professional and personal growth,” Region 11 Director Jessica Raptis said.

“Especially this year with COVID-19 affecting all of us, many employees may be trying to find ways to increase their professional development and we think it’s important to find ways to help cover those costs,” Raptis added. 

Applications may be submitted beginning on June 1 through 5 p.m. on June 30. More information about the scholarships and the application forms are available here:

Scholarships available to MAPE members and their families include:


General Scholarship

MAPE members, maximum award of $1,000 per applicant.


Spouse/Dependent Scholarship

Spouse/dependents of MAPE member, maximum award of $250 per applicant.


Ralph Cornelia Professional Development Scholarship

Ralph Cornelia was a MAPE union activist and an advocate of professional development training to increase his competency. For individuals or groups, maximum award of $1,000 per applicant.


Thomas Kernan Labor Scholarship

Thomas Kernan was a long-time MAPE union activist at the Department of Labor and Industry. The scholarship is dedicated to assisting members who attend labor-related courses, maximum award of $1,000 per applicant.


Marge Ramsey Scholarship

Marge Ramsey was an active MAPE union member from Cambridge, MN, and served on the MAPE Board of Directors for many years. This scholarship assists union women in both leadership and career development, maximum award of $3,000 per applicant.