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John Geremia Memorial Trades Scholarship

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Picture of the donor
Siblings of John
2 winners, $1,000 each
Application Deadline
Apr 15, 2024
Winners Announced
May 15, 2024
Education Level
High School, Undergraduate
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior or trade school student
Field of Study:

John Geremia was a beloved brother, son, father, uncle, and friend who passed away too soon in 2021.

John was a longtime member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was dedicated to his craft. He spent his professional life giving back to others and would have wanted to leave behind a legacy of service for those following in his footsteps.

Being a lineman played a pivotal role in shaping John's life, providing him with a sense of purpose and accomplishment. This scholarship aims to honor his memory by supporting students who are pursuing careers in the trades.

Any high school senior or trade school student who is pursuing the trades may apply for this scholarship, but aspiring linemen or electrical workers are preferred.

To apply, tell us about the trade you plan to pursue and how this scholarship would help you achieve your goals.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Passion
Published December 27, 2023
Essay Topic

Please describe the trade path that you are on, or going to be on, and how this scholarship will make a difference in your pursuit of that goal. Please be as specific as possible.

400–500 words

Winning Applications

Ethan Porter
Florence-Carlton High SchoolFLORENCE, MT
I am a high school senior at Florence-Carlton High School. I am actively pursuing a career as a lineman. I will be attending the Montna Tech/Haighlands College pre-apprenticeship lineman course in the fall of 2024. It is a 1 semester course that involves both hands-on training, as well as an in-class curriculum. I am very excited for this program because according to the research I have done on the subject, it has a very high chance to give me a big jumpstart on my career. It may also set me apart from other beginner linemen that decided to go through the union. This is because I will have had more experience than them when I am able to begin my career. I have always struggled with the stress of not having enough money to pay for my future family's needs. This is another reason I am excited to attend this course, because a jumpstart at the career means more income and debt payoff. Considering that my end goal is to live comfortably with a family. I am certain this high paying career is right for me. Receiving this amazing scholarship would be a valuable source of paying for my lineman course, as well as ensuring I have all the materials I need to be successful in the career training. Cable crimpers, cutters, and locators are all expensive tools that I may need to purchase prior to or while taking this course. Receiving this scholarship would be a valuable resource to access, should I have to pay for any of these things. The course itself is relatively expensive too. At around $13,000, not including food or room and board, this is a steep price for a high school senior like myself. Also, my family has undergone many financially challenging times in recent years. Things like surgeries, orthodontia, and switching jobs have all taken a toll on our financial capabilities. It goes without saying that aside from receiving this honorable award, it would be a great help in paying for this course. Like John, I believe that being an electrical worker will give me a sense of purpose. I have always struggled with finding what I will do for a career. When I stumbled upon the lineman sector, I knew it was right for me. I have always loved to tinker and work with my hands. This career will allow me to fulfill that sense of accomplishment after completing each job. I am aware of the dangers that come along with the career as well. It would be an immense honor to receive this scholarship created in John Geremia's memory and I pray that whoever receives this amazing scholarship uses it to carry on his legacy just as I would.
Dylan Ottens
Sterling High SchoolSterling, IL


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Apr 15, 2024. Winners will be announced on May 15, 2024.

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