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AFM Family Members Awarded 2020 Union Plus Scholarships


Union Plus recently awarded $300,000 in scholarships to 215 students representing 43 unions, including two winners representing the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college, and trade or technical school students from 38 states. The AFM winners are:

• Hannah Kavanaugh of Independence, Missouri. Kavanaugh, whose father, Keith Kavanaugh, and mother, Elicia Kavanaugh, are members of Local 34-627 (Kansas City, MO), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

• Jeremy Stepansky of Montclair, New Jersey. Stepansky, whose father, Alan Stepansky, is a member of Local 802 (New York City), has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

“Union Plus is proud to be able to increase our scholarship award amount this year and help more union families than ever before,” said Union Plus President Mitch Stevens. “At a time when many families have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are especially glad to support this year’s group of 215 hardworking students as they further their educations and pave the path for future success.”

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