Region 2-B

The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program

The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B Affiliated Local members who will graduate from high school in 2017. The ACT test is required. If the student has not previously taken the ACT, they should sign up to take the ACT test and have your test scores sent to our office by listing our code number 9894. Read more >>>

Twelve outstanding high school seniors from Region 2-B UAW families have been awarded a $10,000.00 college scholarship by the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Awards Program. The scholarships were presented Wednesday, May 18, 2016 by Ken Lortz, President of the Scholarship Awards Program at a luncheon held at the Region 2-B, UAW Building located in Maumee, Ohio.

The Gosser Scholarship Awards Program, named in honor of the late UAW Vice President and Regional Director, Richard T. Gosser was established in 1962.

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At the request of many local unions and supporters, and by action of the Gosser Scholarship Membership at the May 2012 meeting, a program was conceived which allows those interested to financially support the scholarship program.
The program was originally set-up to be supported by UAW Region 2-B local unions who wished to participate. They could do so by making a one-time contribution of $0.50 per member. This was later raised to the current $0.60.

In 2003 an annual golf outing was initiated to grow the assets of the program, and in 2012 the Continuing Supporter Program was added.

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UAW Region 2-B has a long-standing and proud tradition of awarding scholarships each year to (11) eleven high school seniors from participating Local UAW families in Indiana and Ohio. The affiliated Local Union Presidents voted this year to raise the scholarships to twelve (12) 10,000 scholarships beginning in 2016.

The program was established to honor the memory of former Region 2-B Director and International Vice-President, Richard T. Gosser. Initially, in 1962, a single, $2000 scholarship was awarded. A foundation was established, and through contributions, the award dollar amount and number of recipients grew over the years.

As a means to keep the foundation strong and the scholarships growing even larger, Retired Regional Director, Lloyd Mahaffey, in 2004, established the first annual Richard T. Gosser Golf Outing. Local Unions, units and employers from around the state of Ohio and Indiana field teams. All proceeds go directly to the foundation and (12) twelve, $10,000 Scholarships are awarded each year.

Including the 2015-2016 winners, 320 students have received Gosser scholarships.

Region 2-B UAW Retirees also award (6) six $1000 scholarship awards to the finalists, investing in the future of an additional 107 students. In 2016, the Region 2-B Retirees are raising the (6) six scholarships to $1500.

In all the Gosser awards and the Retiree awards total over $2.2 million in scholarships awarded over the last 54 years.


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In May, 2012, at the annual Gosser Scholarship Membership meeting, action was taken to create a "Continuing Supporter Recognition Program."

Region 2-B Director Ken Lortz is announcing today, a new program designed to maintain the strength of The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program and to recognize Local Unions, C.A.P. Councils, Retired Worker Chapters or individual voluntary contributors.

Effective Jan. 13, 2013, any Local Union wishing to make additional voluntary programs will be recognized as follows:

Associate - 0.25 cents per member

Baccalaureate - 0.35 cents per member

Master's - 0.45 cents per member

Local Unions who choose one of the above contribution levels will receive special recognition on the UAW Region 2-B website and in the program at the annual May luncheon.

Individual contributors, C.A.P. Councils, Retired Worker Chapters, and the like will also receive recogniton on the website and in the luncheon program as "Continuing Supporters."

To make the contribution, please send a check, made out to "The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship." Please note on the check that it is a "Continuing Supporter" contribution. Please send all checks and direct further inquiries to:

Tammy Bauders, 1691 Woodlands Dr., Maumee, OH 43537;; 419.893.4677.

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