AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarship Winners 2021!

The Ohio Council 8 Executive Board is pleased to announce that Simone Hester has been awarded the Patricia Kittle Scholarship and Michael Patterson has been awarded the Leroy Elmore Scholarship as part of the Ohio Council 8 2021 Family Scholarship program.

Simone Hester

Simone is the daughter of Sunday McDuffey is a 16-year member of AFSCME Local 3411, which represents employees of the Toledo City Clerks office.

A graduate of the Toledo School for the Arts, Simone was a motivated student who achieved an outstanding academic record and skill as an artist. In addition, she participated in many school and community activities including serving as a vocal advocate for several medical causes in her community.

In her winning essay, Montgomery saw firsthand the difference a union can make.  As the child of a single parent “the opportunity to become a union member provided my mother with one of the most important things she desperately needed  – job security.”

Simone will be attending Kent State University this fall and plans to follow her passion as an artist and become a fashion designer.       

Michael Patterson

The 2021 men’s scholarship winner, Michael Patterson, is the son of 19-year AFSCME Local 0027 member Robin Patterson. An active member of the union representing Cuyahoga County office of Child Support Services, she serves on the union’s executive board. 

Michael graduated from Euclid Hills High School, where he was an active student with a strong academic record.  He is a member of the National Honor Society, was the, captain of the varsity basketball team for two consecutive years and was respected by his classmates and teachers. 

In his winning essay, Michael recounted lessons he learned through his mother’s association with AFSCME.  “My mother would always say ‘there is strength in numbers” and through her actions I learned a group has more power than a single person.”

Michael will be attending John Carroll University in the fall where he plans on pursing a communications degree with a goal of becoming a sports reporter.

The 2021 AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarships are named in honor of Patricia “Pat” Kittle and Leroy Elmore .

Sister Kittle worked as a registered nurse at Trumbull Regional Medical Center for more than 42 years. A graduate of the Trumbull Memorial School of Nursing, she embarked on a career dedicated to the selfless care for others. 

A key activist during the successful nine-day strike for union recognition in 1999, Pat went on to serve as vice president of AFSCME Local 2026 for 20 years and in 2019, she became Union President. 

A caring individual, she was regarded as a person who could solve any problem with grace and efficiency. Pat passed away in June of 2020.

Brother Elmore started his health care career in the 1960’s and was employed by Cleveland’s Mt. Sinai Hospital as a pathology assistant starting in 1971.

A year later, he was instrumental in forming an AFSCME local union at the hospital and served as a member, steward and union president for more than ten years. In 1985, he joined the AFSCME first as an organizer and later he became an Ohio Council 8 staff representative and in 1998, he became Cleveland Regional Director. 

In 2001, he joined the AFSCME Ohio Care Plan as Plan Administrator and served for 12 years before retiring, topping off his 39-year AFSCME career.

Leroy lives in Euclid Ohio and is still active in the community.

Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Marcia Knox, chairperson of the executive board committee that reviews the scholarship applications, wished Simone and Michael the best of luck pursuing their higher education goals.  

The Ohio Council 8 Family Scholarship program was established in 1982.

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