With the new year in full swing, it’s time to begin applying for scholarships for the 2023-24 school year. If you have a child or grandchild in college or about to attend college, now is the time to do your research and apply.

Some scholarships you might consider applying for are administered by the SMART-TD Auxiliary, UTUIA and Union Plus.

The Auxiliary of the United Transportation Union Scholarship by the SMART-TD Auxiliary is available to members of the SMART-TD Auxiliary who are in good standing, their children, step-children, grandchildren or step-grandchildren aged 25 or younger. This $1,000 scholarship is renewable for up to four years (for a total of $4,000) and the application period is January 1 – March 31. See the SMART-TD Auxiliary website for official rules and requirements and for instructions on how to apply.

The UTUIA administers a number of different scholarships. Of note is their college scholarship and trade school scholarship programs. Each kind of scholarship is available to UTUIA insurance policyholders, their children or grandchildren and offers 50 $2,000 scholarships. The college scholarship is renewable up to four years and the trade school scholarship is renewable up to two years. See the UTUIA website for official rules and requirements and instructions on how to apply to these and other scholarships offered by the UTUIA. The application period is Jan. 16 – March 31.

Union Plus awards $500 – $4,000 scholarships to members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children. Applications are due by January 31 each year. Visit the Union Plus scholarship page to learn more. Below is a list of SMART members who won scholarships from Union Plus last year.

Name of Scholarship Winner & AmountSMART LocalAffiliated SMART Member
Dalton Altimus – $500TD Local 426Scott Altimus
Katelyn Bale – $1,000SM Local 73Raymond Bale
Ethan Beightol – $500TD Local 631Aaron Beightol
Maya Garcia – $1,000SM Local 104Angelo Garcia
Zachary Palazzotto – $1,000TD Local 645Andrew Palazzotto
Erin Robinson – $2,000SM Local 17William Robinson
Marissa Ward – $550SM Local 486James Ward

SMART-TD features 16 scholarship programs on our scholarship webpage from our affiliates and other outside organizations within the rail, bus and airline industries that you, your children or grandchildren may be eligible for. At the bottom of the page are links to free scholarship databases that also may be of interest.

SMART-TD does not maintain its own scholarship program, nor does it oversee or otherwise play any role in the administration of any scholarships listed on our website. The scholarship programs listed on our website are solely responsible for the administration of their own scholarships. Any questions about these scholarships should be directed to the individual program and not SMART-TD.

If you know of a transportation-related scholarship that is not listed and that our members or their children or grandchildren may be eligible for, please let us know by emailing news_td@smart-union.org. Please include the sponsor, name of scholarship and the web address where more information can be found.

The Sheet Metal Division of SMART maintains its own scholarship page exclusively for Sheet Metal members and their families.

This year, UTUIA has committed once again to supporting the children and grandchildren of our members by continuing to offer 50 four-year college scholarships and 50 two-year trade school scholarships, both at $2,000.00 per student, per year.

Currently, UTUIA is paying out on almost 200 scholarships! We encourage all members of SMART TD to support these ongoing fraternal benefits by becoming a member of UTUIA through ownership in our uniquely designed insurance plans.
“For over 150 years, we have served the members of SMART TD by providing insurance protection and fraternal benefits and we are committed to supporting our members for the next 150 years,” said UTUIA President Ken Laugel.
The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, 2019. For more information about scholarship requirements and to apply, visit www.utuia.org/scholarships.

Ken Laugel
President, UTUIA


UTUIA College & Trade School Scholarship Program Rules


Fifty continuing $2,000 scholarships are awarded each year upon verification of enrollment for the fall term. The scholarships are prorated according to the number of SMART Transportation Division members in each of nine districts. The names of the 50 scholarship winners for the academic year 2019/2020 will be drawn at UTUIA headquarters in North Olmsted after the March 31 deadline for submission of applications.



Requirements of a UTUIA scholarship applicant are that he or she be a U.S. citizen, at least a high school senior or equivalent, and age 25 or under.
Applicants must be associated with the UTUIA by either owning a UTUIA insurance policy, or by being the child or grandchild of a current UTUIA policyholder. Scholarship applicants must also be associated with the SMART Transportation Division by belonging to the union, or by being the child or grandchild of an active or lifetime SMART Transportation Division member.
Applicants also must be accepted for admittance, or already enrolled, for at least 12 credit hours per quarter or semester at a recognized institution of higher learning (university, college or junior college, nursing or technical school offering college credit). Graduate schools are not included.
Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2019. Please submit only one application per student. Incomplete or duplicate applications will not be accepted.
The application form is only available at www.utuia.org by clicking on ‘scholarship information’ and ‘apply online today.’
Official and additional rules for the four-year college scholarships and trade school scholarships are available on the UTUIA website.


Scholarship winners are selected through a random drawing. A UTUIA scholar is expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record to keep the scholarship for the full four years.


The UTUIA Scholarship Committee decides whether individual scholarships should be continued or discontinued. Each successful applicant must provide annual proof of eligibility on or before a deadline set by the scholarship committee to qualify for a continuing award. The day-to-day management of the program is handled by the office of the UTUIA secretary & treasurer.


Further questions may be directed to Beth Thomas by calling 216-227-5254, or by emailing ethomas@utuia.org. Visit www.utuia.org for complete rules and to apply.