Region 2-B

The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program

The 12th annual Richard T. Gosser Invitational Golf Classic will tee off with a shotgun start this year at 9:00 am on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at beautiful Thunderbird Hills Golf Course in Huron, Ohio.

Initiated in 2003, the golf classic is the only fund raising activity that supports scholarships being awarded on a merit basis to children of our active membership.

Since the scholarship program's inception in 1962, and including the eleven (11) $10,000 scholarships awarded in May of this year, 308 Region 2-B kids have been awarded this college tuition assistance.

Always a beautiful and fun day, local unions, units and companies can field teams of four (4) for $1000 which includes recognition signage in the clubhouse, 18 holes, 2 carts, a team photograph, lunch on the course and a great steak dinner and beer at the awards banquet after the game.

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The Richard T. Gosser Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from the daughters and sons of UAW Region 2B members who will graduate from high school in 2015.  These prestigious $10,000 awards are based on S.A.T. scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities.

Applications are assessed by a six member team of prominent community leaders, clergy and educators, who then select the winners.  The application must be either received by the Region 2B office or postmarked by October 15, 2014. This deadline is firm, and no exceptions will be made. Please click below to access the application form and scholarship rules. We are asking all locals who participate in the scholarship fund to post this information at our work sites. 

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Region 2-B recognizes the continuing supporters of the Richard T. Gosser Scholarship: Thank you all so much for your generous support of this very worthwhile program that rewards the hard-working children of our members as they start their college lives.  Please see inside for a listing of these generous supporters, and to find out more about this valuable program.  Read more >>>

Eleven (11) 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 at a luncheon Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by Ken Lortz, President of the Scholarship Awards Program and UAW Region 2-B Director.

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

This year, seven (7) Scholarships will be awarded in the name of Richard T. Gosser and one (1) Scholarship each will be awarded in the name of Ruthann Gosser-Harrison, Joseph Tomasi, Jack Sizemore and Lloyd Mahaffey.

Including the 2012-2013 winners, 286 students have received Gosser scholarships. An additional 95 students have received runner-up scholarships. In all, $1,983,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 1962. 

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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.

UAW Region 2-B has a long-standing and proud tradition of awarding scholarships each year to (10) ten high school seniors from participating Local UAW families in Indiana and Ohio.

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 in 2005, and annually thereafter, (10) ten, $10,000 Scholarships are awarded.

Including the 2011-2012 winners, 286 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 90 students.

In all the Gosser awards and the Retiree awards total nearly $2 million in scholarships awarded over the last 52 years.

The Scholarship Program is open to any Region 2-B Local Union, simply by making a one-time contribution of sixty (0.60) cents per member into the fund. The Local Union must have been a participating member prior to the application deadline before Scholarship applications will be accepted from their Local Union.

Parents can obtain the application forms for their graduating senior from their Local Union President or Chairperson, or by clicking inside. The application deadline each year is October 15. This is a firm date and there is never an exception made.

Awards are made based on S.A.T. scores, class rank, extra-curricular activites, letters of recommendation, personality traits and leadership abilities. Applications are assessed by a six member team of prominent community leaders, clergy and educators, who then select the winners.

Attached below is the application form, guidelines for applicants and information for Local Unions who would like to begin participation.

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Richard T. Gosser
Scholarship Program
A Proud Region 2B Tradition

“Labor Proudly Lends it's Hand to the Leaders of Tomorrow.”

10 high school seniors, all children of UAW Region 2-B members, were awarded $10,000 scholarships last week at a luncheon at Region 2-B headquarters.

Click here to learn of the winners and their accomplishments.

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The deadline for all scholarship applications is Oct. 15 of the student's senior year of high school.

This deadline is firm, there is never an exception.

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