Nevada State AFL-CIO



It used to be that roads often paid for themselves with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering – or nearly covering – the full cost of highway construction and maintenance.

Today, the amount of money a particular driver pays in gasoline taxes bears little relationship to his or her use of roads funded by gas taxes. Because of the new fuel efficiency standards, technology, and the growth of electric or hybrid vehicles, much less gas is used by those vehicles, therefore those users pay much less in gas taxes, yet they damage the road like regular gas users.

The ability to repair and build roads is becoming more and more difficult for localities and states because of the dwindling gas tax revenue.

What other ideas could be applied in order to treat motorists fairly and assure that all motorists using our roads pay their fair share of the construction and maintenance of those roads?

The purpose of this essay contest is to award three (3) $3,000.00 scholarships for attending an accredited public or private University, Community College, Vocational or Technical School anywhere in the United States.


1. There will be three (3) $3,000.00 scholarships awarded to three students.

2. Applicants must be a natural or legally adopted child of an active or retired member in good standing of any local union affiliated with the Nevada State AFL-CIO.

3. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors when making application.

4. Applicants must currently have a 2.0 grade point average and have maintained such for their last full year of school prior to application.

5. Financial need is NOT a criteria for this scholarship.

6. Applications may be picked up at any Nevada State AFL-CIO affiliated local union.

7. A copy of the grade transcript to support claim of 2.0 grade point average and a statement of career goals or intent must accompany the application.

8. All applications must be accompanied by a written essay, 1,000 words minimum, on the subject designated by the Nevada State AFL-CIO Executive Board.

9. Essays should be submitted on 8 ½" by 11" paper, on one side, preferably typed and double spaced, with applicants’ written signature at the conclusion of the essay.

10. Applications must be mailed and postmarked by August 1, 2014 to:

Danny L. Thompson
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Nevada State AFL-CIO
1891 Whitney Mesa Drive
Henderson, NV 89014

11. The Scholarship Committee will review all applications to assure that all eligibility criteria and requirements have been followed and met.

12. Essays will be reviewed by a selected committee and scored by at least three readers.

13. Failure on the part of the applicant to meet the rules may subject the applicant to disqualification by the Committee. If disqualified, the decision of the Scholarship Committee will be final.

14. Scholarships will be awarded after acceptance to school of applicant’s choice.

15. An appropriate notification will be presented to the winners by an Officer of the Nevada State AFL-CIO prior to August 15, 2014.

16. The Scholarship will be awarded at the Nevada State AFL-CIO Annual Convention, August, 26, 2014, in Reno, Nevada.

If you have any questions, please contact the Nevada State AFL-CIO at 702-459-1414.  Click HERE to download scholarship application. 

Thank you.

Danny L. Thompson
Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Nevada State AFL-CIO

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