Five (5) $1,000 A.W. Parker Scholarships are awarded each Spring

The Application Deadline for the 2024- 2025 academic year has closed. Please try again next year.

Arthur Wesley (A.W.) Parker was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He made an extraordinary impact on the Teamster community during a time when segregation still existed. Mr. Parker became the first African American to hold a primary office at a Teamsters Local Union in the South. He has has held the titles of: Business Agent, Joint Council 58 President, Texas Conference of Teamsters President, General Organizer for the Southern Conference, and International Representative for IBT. Mr. Parker has dedicated his life to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and helping workers make their voices heard.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Be enrolled or intending to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year institution, vocational, or trade school for the 2024-2025 academic year.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • Must be a current active member, child or legal dependent of a current active member of Teamsters Local 988, paid through the month prior to date of application submission.

Application Requirements

  • A complete application form
  • Unofficial high school (or college) transcript
  • 500-word personal statement
Personal Statement Topic(s):
  • 500-word personal essay: Why do you think Unions have become popular in today’s society compared to 10 years ago?