2020 Hoffman Combs Scholarship Information and Application

The William E. Hoffman, UAW Local 863 Retired Workers Chapter and UAW Local 863 is again sponsoring its annual scholarship program for High School Seniors who are the descendants of Local 863 Members (i.e., sons, grandsons, stepsons, daughters, stepdaughters, granddaughters, etc.).


The Hoffman-Combs Scholarship Fund is named in honor of former Local 863 President William E. Hoffman, and former Vice-President and former Retired Workers Chapter Chairman Kenneth Combs.


There will be three (3) scholarships awarded. The scholarship winners will be announced June 2nd, 2020.




First Prize: $ (To Be Determined) Second Prize: $ (To Be Determined)


Third Prize: $ (To Be Determined)



Each scholarship award will be payable directly to the college or university.




Eligible applicants may enroll in the 2020 Hoffman-Combs Scholarship Fund competition by following the steps below:



1) Each applicant must complete an application form.

2) Each applicant must obtain a letter of acceptance or receipt of enrollment to the college or university of their choice.


3) Each applicant must submit a copy of his/her SAT or ACT test results.


4) Each applicant must submit a complete copy of his/her high school academic records.

5) Each applicant must write an essay on the topic: Compare and contrast the new USMCA (United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement) with NAFTA. Give your opinion on whether the new Agreement will be better for Labor Unions and the American Worker.

This essay should be typewritten and a minimum of five (5) double spaced pages — excluding the title page and bibliography. Essays should not be more than nine (9) pages in length.





6) Essays must include a bibliography from at least five serious scholar sources/replicable sources.


7) Essays must speak to the topic.


8) Essays will be disqualified for plagiarizing. Document all quotes or ideas/opinions from outside sources following a standard documentation format such as MLA, APA, or CSE, and include a Works Cited page at the end of the essay. Cite all sources for quotations and ideas that are not your own, using footnotes or endnotes. This is not the same as a bibliography.


Each essay should display an understanding of union development and philosophy. It should be cohesive with continuity and style. The essay should be readable and grammar may be a deciding factor when all other factors are equal.


Essays will be evaluated on: (1) Theme Development, (2) Expression, (3) Documentation and (4) Usage.


Information and an application form for this scholarship competition is being mailed to all Members, active and retired.




The deadline for essays to reach President Marlin Harris, Local 863 Union Headquarters is


4:30pm on Friday, April 10th, 2020





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