Al Church Scholarship

The Al Church Scholarship was established by the AFSCME Council 65 Executive Board in 1985 to help support union members' families in funding their education. The scholarship honors Al Church who was the founder and first director of Council 65. We hold an annual fundraiser to raise money for the scholarship fund which allows the Scholarship Committee to award multiple scholarships. To find out more about Al and his accomplishments, click the link below. 

PDF icon Who Is Al Church?

Interested in Applying?

Dependents of members in good standing of Council 65 who are or will be attending a post-secondary educational institution in the State of Minnesota or a state that has a reciprocity agreement with the State of Minnesota are eligible to apply. Dependents mean Council 65 members’ children or grandchildren or grandchildren of dues-paying members of the Council 65 Retiree Chapter.

Please fill out the application form below and submit to the Council 65 office. See application form for directions on how to submit and submission deadline.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM: PDF icon Al Church Scholarship Application 2021-2022

2020-2021 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: We received 86 applications and additional contributions to the scholarship fund which allowed the Scholarship Committee to award 10 seperate scholarships. Congratulations to our winners:

  • District 1 ($500.00) - Skyler Harju, Local 484
  • District 1 ($250.00) - Benjamin Carpenter, Local 456        
  • District 2 ($500.00) - Madelyn Dutcher, Local 1647
  • District 2 ($250.00) - Marissa Mikrot, Local 3789
  • District 3 ($500.00) - Abigail Schumacher, Local 1665
  • District 3 ($250.00) - Adam Winter, Local 2398
  • District 4 ($500.00) - Kaylee Svee, Local 487
  • District 4 ($250.00) - Avery Welsh, Local 559
  • At-Large ($500.00) - Mitchell Foss, Local 1243
  • At-Large ($500.00) - Monica Wellner, Local 105

Interested in Donating?

Please help us continue this tradition of supporting members' families by donating to the Al Church Scholarship fund. Those who donate will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of three $250.00 prizes. Each $25.00 donation equals one drawing entry.  Donations of $100.00 or more equal five drawing entries. 

If you would like to donate, please fill out the donation form below and mail to the Council 65 office. See donation form for mailing address and donation deadline. 

DONATION FORM: PDF icon Al Church Scholarship 2021-2022 Donation Form

2020-2021 DONATION DRAWING WINNERS: A huge thank you to all who donated to the scholarship fund! Congratulations to the prize winners listed below.

  1.  Local 454
  2.  Local 545
  3.  William Marchand

The Al Church Scholarship Committee thanks you for your continued support!

  • Jennifer Simota, Council 65 Executive Board Secretary
  • Steve Preble, Council 65 Retiree Chapter President
  • Bev Pekarna, Council 65 Finance & Benefits Administrator
  • Becca Maciej, Council 65 Administrative Assistant