Local 22 is Committed to Education

Local 22 is committed to supporting education for the sons, daughters, and spouses of our members. Please note that scholarship deadlines vary. If a given deadline has passed for this year, please revisit this page for updates.

LIUNA Local 22 Scholarships

Administered through the Annual AFL-CIO and Labor Education Program. Online registration is now closed.

Laborers’ Local 22 awards seven scholarships to the sons and daughters of members who rate highest on the MA AFL-CIO Labor History and Education exam.

  • Retired Members of Local 22 Scholarship – $2000
  • Louis A. Mandarini Sr. Scholarship – $2000
  • Louis A. Mandarini Jr. Scholarship – $2000
  • Dominic C. Ottaviano Scholarship – $2000
  • Michael Mandarini Scholarship – $2000
  • Joseph Mandarini Sr. Scholarship – $2000
  • John Musto Scholarship – $2000


Key Dates for 2023-2024

December 22, 2023: Last day to register. All applications must be received by 5pm to be eligible to take the scholarship exam.


February 5, 2024-February 9, 2024: Scholarship exam is administered at high schools across Massachusetts. Schools will administer the exam online within the time frame provided. Students must check with their exam proctor for testing time and location.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a senior in high school and take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States.

The Labor History Exam is administered once per year, and awardees are determined by the Scholarship Committee of the MA AFL-CIO. The Scholarship Committee consists of current and retired union members.

All Massachusetts high school seniors are eligible to compete for certain awards. Additionally, students with a family or personal union affiliation are eligible for awards given by their family’s specific local union or central labor council. About 2,000 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship.

Additionally, students which have parents that are members of Laborers Local 22 are eligible for awards the Local has to offer.

Click these two links to download and use the study guide and the interactive exam website study tool to prepare for the exam.

Learn more about the LIUNA Local 22 Scholarship program administered through the Annual AFL-CIO and Labor Education Program.

Read more about application and eligibility on our FAQ page linked here.

If you have additional questions, contact Scholarship Coordinator Carla Connolly at cconnolly@massaflcio.org.

Arthur E. Coia Scholarship

Submission date: May 15, 2024

The Arthur E. Coia Scholarship provides students with $10,000 for four years of academic study.

The Arthur E. Coia Scholarship & Education Fund is designed to provide financial aid to undergraduate, full-time, matriculating students of an accredited institution (college, university, or technical school). This award is renewable each year while attending an undergraduate college/university of your choice, conditioned on meeting the academic criteria set forth by the Scholarship Committee.

The Committee looks for a well-rounded background that includes a variety of extracurricular activities and strong academics. Similar to the stewardship of the scholarship’s founder, leadership skills and the desire to give back to the community are always highly regarded.

The award is available to New England Laborers, their spouses, and their children. Click here to download the application.

The 2024 application due date is May 15, 2024.

All applicants will be informed of the scholarship awards in July.

Applications only accepted by mail. To apply, print the application form, fill in all required information, attach all support documents (listed on the Application Form), and mail the complete package to:

Arthur E. Coia Scholarship & Education Fund

410 South Main Street

Providence, Rhode Island 02903