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Local 443 Announces Scholarship Winners


Local 443 (Oneonta, NY) has announced that the 2020 Charles W. England Memorial Fund scholarships of $500 each will go to three Class of 2020 high school graduates from Chenango and Delaware, NY counties who will further their studies in the musical arts.

The 2020 Awardees are:

  • Jake Buchman, Norwich High School, who will attend Hartwick College and will focus on music therapy and the double bass.
  • Antonia Mody, Norwich High School, who will attend Ithaca College with a focus on theatre arts management and vocal performance.
  • Brandi Swisher, Charlotte Valley Central, who will attend Ithaca College in the exploratory program and will focus on vocal performance and musical theatre.

These three individuals submitted applications which included essays on “Why and how union values are important in the workplace and in our society” and, how s/he is a good candidate for this Local 443 scholarship initiative inspired by the union attributes exemplified by the life and work of beloved regional musician and Delaware Academy and Oneonta City School District music educator Charles W. England (1944-2009).

The Local 443 Charles W. “Chuck” England Memorial Fund for Education and Outreach is a tribute to Chuck’s musical spirit, to his “call to duty” to his profession, and to the values and character he expressed. Ultimately, through this initiative, the scholarship recipients help Local 443 carry forward the commitment to Chuck’s values and character by being good to each other and society.

Please send congratulatory notes to the awardees c/o Local 443 AFM (P.O. Box 48, Oneonta, NY 13820); Local 443 will be sure to forward your correspondence.

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