NEW YORK, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO and New York Shipping Association, Inc. today announced the eight winners of the 2008 Teddy Gleason Scholarships. The two trustees of the Scholarship Program, ILA President John Bowers and NYSA President Frank McDonough, introduced the students at a luncheon on June 24, 2008 at Fraunces Tavern in Lower Manhattan. All eight students are dependents of ILA members working for NYSA member companies in the Greater Metropolitan area. The NYSA-ILA Scholarship Fund, named in honor of the late ILA president Teddy Gleason, is open to dependents of active and retired ILA members in the Port of New York and New Jersey. This is the twenty-eighth annual scholarship program. Students will receive an annual grant of $6,000 per year for each one of four years in college. The 2008 Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are as follows: Christina M. DeCosta: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph DeCosta of Mountainside, NJ. Mr. DeCosta is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at APM Terminals. Christina plans to attend SUNY - Stony Brook in Stony Brook, New York. Jessica A. Laso: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Laso of Manalapan, New Jersey. Mr. Laso is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at Maher Terminals, Inc. Jessica plans to attend The University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island. Nancy J. Marroquin: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Miguel Marroquin of Union City, New Jersey. Mr. Marroquin is a member of ILA Local 1588 working at Global Terminal Containers. Nancy plans to attend Fordham University in Bronx, New York. Tasha E. Miley: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Randy Miley of Glenwood, New Jersey. Mr. Miley is a member of ILA Local 1804-1 working at APM Terminals, Inc. Tasha plans to attend The American University in Washington, DC. Lucia Oubina: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jesus Oubina of Linden. Mr. Oubina is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at APM Terminals, Inc. Lucia plans to attend The College of New Jersey in Ewing, New Jersey. Angela L. Pagliaro: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Sergio Pagliaro of North Brunswick, New Jersey. Mr. Pagliaro is a member of ILA Local 1804-1 working at Maher Terminals, Inc. Angela plans to attend SUNY-Binghamton in Binghamton, New York. Alyssa Reyes: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jose Reyes of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey. Mr. Reyes is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at APM Terminals, Inc. Alyssa plans to attend the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, New Jersey. Monica Vilacha: Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Jose Vilacha of Hazlet, New Jersey. Mr. Vilacha is a member of ILA Local 1235 working at APM Terminals, Inc. Monica plans to attend The University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware. The Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of academic performance and aptitude testing among other determinations. The scholarships are available to qualified applicants who wish to continue education at undergraduate, apprentice or training programs at any accredited colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning. An independent agency - the College Scholarship Service based in Princeton, New Jersey - makes the selection of the scholarship winners. The eight Teddy Gleason Scholarship winners join 32 other students currently enrolled in colleges and universities who were previously awarded these generous grants. The scholarship program was introduced in 1981 following collective bargaining between the ILA and employers represented by NYSA and it provides $192,000 in yearly assistance for 32 students.
SOURCE International Longshoremen's Association, AFL-CIO