Applications are being accepted through April 30th for one of sixteen Joe Beirne Scholarships of $4,000 each for the 2020-2021 school year.

The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation was established in October 1974 by the Communications Workers of America Executive Board to honor the name and memory of the founding President of CWA, who served for more than 30 years. In his capacity as the first CWA President, Joe Beirne took great pride in the roles he played in the fields of education and learning and other areas of social concern. Following his death on Labor Day in 1974, the Joseph A. Beirne Foundation has worked to honor his lifelong commitment to education and progressive social causes.

Scholarship Details


CWA members, their spouses, children and grandchildren (including dependents of laid-off, retired or deceased CWA members) may apply. Applicants must be high school graduates or at least high school students who will graduate during the year in which they apply. Undergraduate and graduate students returning to schooling may also apply. Prior winners may not reapply.


Dates & Deadline

Applications are accepted during the months of November through April. Final deadline for the 2020-2021 school year is April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.



Winners are chosen by lottery drawing and only winners will be notified. Click here for a list of past winners.


Study Requirements

No specific studies are required. Scholarship winners may pursue whatever courses they wish.



The CWA Joe Beirne Foundation has been built up by voluntary contributions and is self-perpetuating. Contributions and pledges are received from CWA Locals, members and officers.



Applications should only be submitted through the online application form here.


READ MORE about the scholarship and application process here.