Frank A. Damato Scholarship Fund (Laborers' Local One Scholarship)

Chicago Area LECET

Chicago Federation of Labor - William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

Construction Industry Service Corporation - CISCO

2024 Scholarship Winners 

Top Essay: Ty Schaumleffel

My name is Ty Schaumleffel, and I recently graduated from Plainfield North High School Class of 2024. I will be continuing my academic education at Bradley University in the fall to obtain my Degree Construction Management with a Minor in Business. My passion for construction is inspired by my father Troy Schaumleffel who has been in the construction industry with Power Construction for 35 years. I appreciate being selected for this scholarship to continue my education! 

Other Essay Winners

Katlyn Schraeder

Hi, my name is Katlyn Schraeder! I am an incoming sophomore at Millikin University where I am pursuing my Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and I am continuing my softball career at the collegiate level. After concluding my freshman year of college, I am honored to be an honors student on the High Dean’s List as I maintained a 4.0 GPA in the fall and spring semesters, and athletically, I received CCIW First Team All-Conference. After I obtain my nursing degree, I strive to make an influential impact on children’s health. After watching my mom battle cancer this past year, I want to become a leader in healthcare and ensure that patients are provided with the quality support and care that they deserve. I strive to give motivation, inspiration, encouragement, and compassion to my future patients to facilitate healing both physically and mentally. Ultimately, watching my mom suffer from cancer and my love for kids has led me to my dream of working with pediatric cancer patients. Above all, I am eager to be the nurse that puts a smile on an individual’s face during some of their toughest moments!
Lastly, I am honored and I am so grateful to be receiving this scholarship, as it will help support my education and make my dreams in healthcare become reality. I have so much appreciation and gratitude for LIUNA Local One for everything they have provided for my family and I to get me to where I am today.

Christoper Acosta 

My name is Christopher Acosta, and I’m a 20 year old incoming student at DePaul University. I had just recently graduated  with my Associates from The College of Lake County with Honors and having being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. Since High School, I knew that I wanted to get into the world of business, but it wasn’t until my senior year, that I had figured out that I wanted to go into economics. Now that I am halfway through my college career, I will soon begin preparing for life outside of college. None of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for my dad, and esteemed member of Local One, Jose Acosta. 

Karloina Slenk

Hello! My name is Karolina Slenk. I graduated from Niles North high school. I will be starting my education this fall at Oakton College in Des Plaines. I plan on transferring to Illinois State after my sophomore year, and major in business with concentration in the beauty field. I want to help individuals be the best version of themselves and help them feelgood about themselves. I also enjoy spending time with my friends and relaxing at the beach. My dad has been a Union member of Local One for over 20 years. I am so thankful for this scholarship as it will help me complete my education!

Jesus Rodriguez

Hi, my name is Jesus Rodriguez. I am a college student currently attending Saint Xavier University. The school is located in Chicago which is the city I was born and raised in. I am happy to be receiving the Frank A. Damato scholarship after my second year of applying.

Layla Dulaitis
My name is Layla Dulaitis. My grandfather is Ricardo Hernandez.  
I am currently in my second year in college at Malcolm X College. 

 Kenny Rodriguez

My name is Kenny Rodriguez and I am 19 years old. I am currently going on my third year in college. I am going for a bachelors degree in cybersecurity at Lewis University. I have always liked tech and now that i am studying in the field I love the IT industry and all it has to offer.

Noelia Huizar
Hello! My name is Noelia Huizar. I graduated from Grant Community High School, and I am currently an incoming freshman at College of Lake County. I work as a Nurse Assistant at a nearby Nursing Home, and right now, I am pursuing my associates in applied science. After that, I plan to transfer to a four year university to obtain my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. I hope to use my degree to obtain a career as a Registered Nurse and specialize in rather the Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), or Pediatrics. My goals for the future career wise, is to provide great qualitative for my future patients. 

 Olivia Ziomek

Hello my name is Olivia Ziomek and I recently graduated from Harper College with my associates and will be starting at Iowa State University in the fall. I will be there studying architecture in their 5-year program. With my creativity and problem solving mind, I hope to create important spaces. With this award, achieving my goals for the future is far more possible. I am grateful for this opportunity.

Daniela Estrada

Hello! My name is Daniela Estrada and I am currently a junior at Valparaiso University, majoring in Nursing. Outside of my studies I currently work at a Doctor's office and plan to continue until my studies are completed. After receiving my Bachelor's degree and working in a hospital setting for a few years, I do plan on returning and finishing my studies by becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Thank you so much for helping me get there!!

Isabella Sanchez
My name is Isabella Sanchez. I am the proud daughter of Veronica Herrera de Sanchez and Local One member Mario Sanchez. I am an incoming transfer student at Northern Illinois University. I recently obtained an Associate of Arts degree from McHenry County College where I was Vice President of Fellowship in Phi Theta Kappa, an honors society for two-year colleges. I plan to continue my studies to complete a Bachelor's in Psychology and later a Ph.D. in neuroscience. My ultimate goal is to provide care, empathy, and a better understanding to and of those who struggle with their mental health.

Karolina Puente

Hi!! My name is Karolina Puente and I'm a senior studying Psychology at Roosevelt University. Currently, I am a part of the McNair Scholars Program at my university that helps first generation students go on to graduate school. I plan to continue school to receive my masters in either Clinical Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling! 

Justin Hudak

Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Laborers Local One is committed to our future and we believe that these scholarships are aiding in the development of that future! Congratulations to our wonderful recipients and we wish them all the best!