Members Only Benefit: AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Grace Davis and William Fogle Scholarships Now Available

Application Deadline for the two $2,500 scholarships is Monday, May 2, 2016  

The AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board is pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarships are now available.

This year’s scholarships are named in honor of AFSCME Ohio Council 8 leaders Grace Davis of Cincinnati and William Fogle of Toledo.

Grace Davis began her career as a public employee in 1967, when she was hired by the City of Cincinnati as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  As an LPN, she worked in various city departments including school health clinics.

In 1972, Davis joined AFSCME Local 1543, the local union representing the city’s clerical and technical employees, and was elected president in 1985. That same year she was also elected as a Cincinnati Regional Vice President, and served on the AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Executive Board until 1993.

In addition, from 1988 until 1993, she served on the AFSCME Ohio Care Plan Board of Trustees.

After retiring from the City of Cincinnati in 1993, she became the AFSCME Ohio Care Plan’s Cincinnati Office Manager in 1994, a job she held until retiring in 2007.

Davis passed away on January 7, 2014 at 79 years of age.

William “Bill” Fogle started his more than 50-year career in the labor movement in 1956.

As a young man Bill started as a construction worker and then landed a job in a shoe factory. Becoming a member of the factory’s union sparked his life-long passion for improving the lives of workers and their families.

Fogle went to work for AFSCME in 1969 as an International Union Representative serving various locals throughout the state. With the unification of Ohio’s district councils into Ohio Council 8 in 1978, he worked for Ohio Council 8’s Toledo region from 1978 through 2009.

Fogle was a seasoned negotiator, and a skilled member advocate in arbitration and grievance cases.  In addition, he excelled as CDL and Health and Safety Trainer.

Fogle passed away December 21, 2012 at the age 74.

Each year Ohio Council 8 provides a men’s and women’s scholarship for a son and a daughter of an AFSCME Ohio Council 8 member.  To be eligible for the four-year grants of $2,500 per year, an applicant must be a high school senior graduating in 2016, and be accepted at a four-year accredited college or university as a full-time student.

Parents must complete the verification of union membership, and be a member in good standing for at least one year prior to May 2, 2016.  Students must fill out the official scholarship application form, provide the requested high school academic records, and compose two essays, each between 350 and 500 words in length. One on “What AFSCME Means To My Family,” and the second, on their reasons for pursuing a college education.

Application forms can be downloaded HERE, or from the Ohio Council 8 web site at

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Harold Mitchell, chairman of the scholarship committee said, “We strongly encourage every eligible student to apply for these scholarships.”

Mitchell stressed that all applications must be postmarked no later than Monday, May 2, 2016.  In addition, it is suggested that applicants place their name on each page of their essays, and to ensure verified delivery to AFSCME Ohio Council 8, mail the application with a return receipt request.

The AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarship Program was created in 1982.  In addition to Mitchell, the Scholarship Committee includes Cleveland Regional Vice President Julie Albers, Council 8 Trustee Kimberly Gaines, and Council 8 Secretary Treasurer Patricia Taylor.


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