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Announcing the 2019 Tino Fulimeni Scholarship Winners

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Tino Fulimeni was an advocate for education.

He would have loved Karlie Hill.

Hill, one of the Institute for Career Development’s eight recipients of the memorial scholarship named in honor of former Steelworker Tino Fulimeni, continues to pursue further education.

The daughter of USW Local 1196 member and contract coordinator Walt Hill, Karlie is currently working on her master’s degree at Penn State University.

A recent graduate of Jacksonville University, Karlie Hill is also working at nearby Penn State-Altoona as an assistant coordinator in the Residence Life Office.

“My career goals are to make an impact in college students’ lives, empower student leaders, and to hopefully one day become a Dean of Students at an institution,” Karlie said.


Tuscaloosa lands a Tino

Matthew Landon Jones couldn’t be more proud of Local 351L in Tuscaloosa.

“The union has helped my family out a lot and been a big part of our lives,” said Jones, one of eight winners of the Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship.

“I appreciate everything the union has and continues to do for me.”

The younger Jones, whose father Matt has worked at BF Goodrich in Tuscaloosa for 20 years, is a freshman majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in education at the University of Montevallo (Ala.).


Two Tickets to Paradise at Local 9231-01

Blake Lewis and Rebecca White are both recipients of the Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship. Both their fathers work for ArcelorMittal-I/N Tek & I/N Kote in New Carlisle, Indiana.

Lewis, the son of Kent Lewis, attends Purdue University Northwest and is majoring in Organizational Leadership and Supervision with a concentration in Environmental Health and Safety.

Blake served five years as a construction mechanic in the Navy before being honorably discharged in 2016. His younger brother, Collin, is a senior at Ball State University.

White, the daughter of Jeffrey White, is a freshman at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Rebecca was a member of the National Honor Society and lettered in cross country and track in high school. She’s majoring in biology and is a member of the IU rowing team. Her father, Jeff, is a Computer Technician at I/N-Kote/Tek and has been a Union Steelworker for more than 30 years.


Local 979 in Cleveland earns a Tino

Owen Davis is a Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship recipient.

Davis attends the prestigious Dana School of Music at Youngstown State. He’s the son of James M. Davis.

Davis, a National Honor Society member all of high school, is on the Dean’s List at Youngstown State where he plays in the YSU Youth Orchestra and Percussion Ensemble. He’s earned several honors, including Instrumental List Magazine Musicianship Award in 2016 and the Academic Excellence Award (British Literature). He’s helping as a drum teacher for Music 101 and is a pit percussion instructor for two local high schools in Ohio.


 Local 5133 member’s daughter awarded a Tino

With the talk of layoffs at U.S. Steel-East Chicago Tin, Andy Govert was happy to hear some good news: His daughter, Anna, was one of ICD’s eight recipients of a Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship.

“I’ve got 20 years here,” Andy said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen, but this made my day.”

Anna Govert is a TV major with a focus on camera operation at Columbia College in Chicago.

“I’ve loved TV for as long as I can remember and after watching the BBC show ‘Merlin’ I decided I had to be a part of it,” Anna Govert said. “I just have a love for TV and want to pursue a career in it.”


Local 1010 awarded a Tino

How ironic that Art Holmes has used the ICD tuition assistance program to earn two degrees. He truly believes in education.

His daughter, Rhianna Holmes, was a winner of the Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship.

Rhianna is currently working on her associate’s degree in aviation maintenance technology at Vincennes University.

“One of my favorite quotes is from (Greek writer) Nikos Kazantzakis: ‘In order to succeed, we must first believe we can,’” Rhianna said.


Local 6103 parents have been Steelworkers for 55 years

Melanie Massey has worked at U.S. Steel-Midwest Steel for 25 years; her husband, Lee, has been at the plant in Portage, Indiana, for 30 years.

Their daughter, Valerie, is a winner of a Tino Fulimeni Memorial Scholarship.

Valerie, a sophomore at Purdue University, is studying Actuarial Science and Applied Statistics with a business minor. In addition, she’s pursuing a degree in English education, educational philosophy, and creative writing.

“We are very grateful for the Career Development program,” Melanie Massey said. “It’s a great benefit for the Union.”

Mom and dad have both utilized the ICD benefit as well.

Melanie, who works on the galvanize line as a production employee, obtained an associate’s degree from Ivy Tech, a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, a master’s degree from IU, and a master’s certificate in English Composition, while being a dues-paying member.

Lee, a millwright and planner in tin products, has received certifications in computer information systems as well as college credit from Ivy Tech.

“This was made possible largely by the Career Development Program negotiated by the Union,” Melanie said.


2019 Tino Fulimeni Scholarship Winners


District 1

* Owen Davis of Vienna, OH. Owen is the son of USW Local 979 member, James M. Davis, USW/ArcelorMittal-Cleveland.


District 7

* Anna Govert, Crown Point, IN. Anna is the daughter of USW Local 5133 member, Andrew Govert, USW/U.S. Steel-Gary/East Chicago Tin.

* Rhianna Holmes, LaPorte, IN. Rhianna is the daughter of USW Local 1010 member, Arthur Holmes, USW/ArcelorMittal-Indiana Harbor West.

* Blake Lewis, Westville, IN. Blake is the son of USW Local 9231-01 member, Kent Lewis, USW/ArcelorMittal-I/N Tek & I/N Kote.

* Valerie Christine Massey, Valparaiso, IN. Valerie is the daughter of USW Local 6103 members, Melanie Jean Masseyand Lee Massey, USW/U.S. Steel-Midwest Plant.

* Rebecca White, Chesterton, IN. Rebecca is the daughter of USW Local 9231-01 member, Jeffrey White, USW/ArcelorMittal-I/N Tek & I/N Kote.


District 9

* Matthew Landon Jones, Cottondale, Ala. Matthew Landon is the son of USW Local 351L member, Matt Jones, USW/BF Goodrich-Tuscaloosa.


District 10

* Karlie Hill, Freeport, PA. Karlie is the daughter of USW Local 1196 member, Walter Hill, USW/ATI-Brackenridge.

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