SEIU Local 721 presented $20,000 in scholarships to the children of 25 Riverside County members. The scholarships, awarded at the start of the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, ranged from $250 to $2,000 and are a part of the SEIU Training Fund, a joint effort between SEIU 721 and Riverside County.
This year’s recipients wrote essays on how their parent’s public service has influenced or inspired them. Angelina Tracy, a senior at California State University, Fresno, studying Animal Science, noted that her mother, SEIU 721 member Michele Tracy and her father Bill Tracy, also a Riverside County employee, have always emphasized volunteering, community service and higher education.
“Receiving this scholarship is a huge help. I like that it emphasizes the essay section. I feel that I am being awarded this not just based on need but also on my academics.” – Angelia Tracy, Fresno State senior
“Having my union work with the County to provide these scholarships is a big help for families. Many times, those of us that are middle class don’t receive help for our children’s education – so this is very important to us.” – Michele Tracy, SEIU 721 member, Riverside County Supervising Agriculture Standards Investigator
The students will be attending local community colleges and universities while they work toward their educational degrees that include physical therapy, law enforcement, law, public relations biochemistry, nutrition, and environmental sciences.
The SEIU Training Fund Trust was established in 2009, to enhance the personal and professional development of SEIU 721 members employed by Riverside County and their children. Over the years, the training fund has provided tuition assistance and textbook reimbursement to more than 20 members, helping them obtain Master’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees and job-related certificates. The fund has also awarded nearly 150 scholarships to the children of SEIU 721 members.