On behalf of the Officers and members of the OPCMIA, we would like to extend our sincere congratulations and best wishes in pursuing your dreams. Reach for the STARS!
Each of the eight recipients were awarded $5,000.00 to further their educational goals.
Louie Bala, Jr.
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Louie Bala, Jr. pictured with his father, Louie Bala a member of local 630, Honolulu, HI. Louie has been accepted to the University of Hawaii.
I’m honored to be chosen as a recipient of the prestigious OPCMIA Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Award the OPCMIA. This generous opportunity will greatly enhance my academic journey and pave the way for a bright future.
Mahalo for recognizing my potential, your support means the world to me as I pursue my dreams in the field of computer science.
Josue B. Corona
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Josue B. Corona pictured with his father, Ezequiel Corona, a member of local 66, San Fransico, CA. Josue is a Sophomore at Sacramento State University.
I am going into my second year at Sacramento State University. I am a Construction Management major with a minor in Business Management. I am very passionate about the construction industry which is what drove me to pursue an education in this field. I am very excited to continue with my studies and to learn more about all aspects of the construction industry. My goal is to graduate in four years and to have secured a job by the time I graduate.
Thank you all for this opportunity, I am very grateful!
OPCMIA Scholarship winner McKayla Eaton pictured with her father, Patrick Eaton a member of local 11, Northern IL. McKayla has been accepted to Elmhurst University.
This summer I am doing an internship through the Association for Individual Development to gain experience working with clients within the social work field. I am a part of Phi Theta Kappa, Somonauk Junior Women’s Club, and NSLS. I have always tried to prioritize volunteering and have worked with places like Hesed House, Fox Valley Adult Day Service, and the LSSI Giving Tree. Music has been my passion, and after four years of high school band percussion, I decided to join my college’s concert and steel bands. I was also given the opportunity to mentor younger students and help them through their first year in college. I am so grateful for receiving OPCMIA’s scholarship and the doors it will open for me.
Joshua C. Farmer
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Joshua C. Farmer pictured with his father, Jason Farmer a member of local 534, Boston, MA. Joshua has been accepted to McGill University.
In the fall I will be attending McGill University, majoring in Political Science. I aim to continue my involvement with service and activism to incite positive social change throughout my college and career life. Thank you to the OPCMIA and Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Foundation for seeing value in my application and investing in my education.
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Ava Fife pictured with her father, Dennis Fife a member of local 592, Philadelphia, PA. Ava has been accepted to Penn State University Park.
I will be attending Penn State University Park this summer prior to fall admission. I will be majoring in journalism with a focus study in sports broadcasting. I will take big steps in college to reach my future career goal of being a NFL sideline reporter. I would like to thank OPCMIA for awarding me the Patrick D. Finley Scholarship. I am very grateful for this award and will be using it to further my education. The OPCMIA has provided my dad and now me a great opportunity to take a lead in new opportunities.
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Chloe Proffitt pictured with her father, Owin Proffitt a member of local 11, Northern, IL. Chloe has been accepted to Eastern Illinois University.
I am extremely grateful for OPICMA and Local 11. The Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund will greatly affect my future. I am extremely blessed to be granted this opportunity to help expand on my dreams and further my education.
Gemalyn R. Yutob
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Gemalyn R. Yutob pictured with her father Gernani Yutob a member of local 630, Honolulu, HI. Gemalyn will be a senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
I am an avid and passionate advocate for bettering one’s psychological well-being and I hope to work as a mental health therapist in our community someday. Even as I pursue my degree, I continue to believe that it is vital to reach out to others to foster love and compassion and raise understanding regarding a variety of mental health related topics and issues we face as a society. As a result, I presently manage an online platform called Be the Gems; I am leading this growing page on Instagram under @bethegems. I enjoy interacting with a wide range of individuals because I believe that is the greatest way to learn in life. I aspire to flourish academically and personally, to achieve all my goals, and to inspire others to do the same.
I would like to express my gratitude to the OPCMIA Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund for offering me this scholarship. I am very appreciative of your help as I work toward becoming a licensed therapist. After finishing my last year of undergraduate study, I’ll enroll in graduate school to acquire a master’s degree in mental health counseling.
OPCMIA Scholarship winner Philip Zuska pictured with his father Vaclav Zuska a member of local 29, Jersey City, NJ. Philip has been accepted to Rutgers, The University of New Jersey Business School.
With these achievements, I was able to get accepted into Rutgers, The University of New Jersey, New Brunswick Honors College, where I will be attending this upcoming school year to study Finance, with the hope of continuing for my master’s degree. I want to thank the OPCMIA for the huge role they played in my family’s life, and the Patrick D. Finley Scholarship Fund for allowing me to continue my higher education.