Deadline extended for Guild scholarships

College Scholarships from the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid Fund

Deadline June 30, 2014


Now is the time for students to apply for a Pacific Media Workers Guild Scholarship.  Our scholarship program is financed mainly by generous contributions from our Retiree Unit members into the Russ Cain Memorial Student Aid Fund.

Applicants are eligible for up to $500.

Dependent family members of any Pacific Media Workers Guild unit member in good standing are eligible. (Contact us if you have questions about membership or eligibility:

Graduating high school seniors entering college in the fall are given first preference. We will also consider current college undergraduates who have not previously applied for one of our grants, and who are dependent family members of any Pacific Media Workers Guild unit member, or student members of the Freelancers unit.

Selection criteria include: academic achievements, work experience, community involvement activities, educational plans, financial need and hardship consideration.

You can find the application here or under the pull-down RESOURCES tab at the top of the website.


History of the Guild

We are Local 39521 of The Newspaper Guild, a sector of the Communications Workers of America, one of the nation’s largest affiliates of the AFL-CIO, the “union for the Information Age.” We are a strong and diverse Local representing more than 2,000 media workers, court interpreters and union staffs throughout California and Hawaii.

We were chartered in 1936 as one of the first locals of the Newspaper Guild — a union of newspaper reporters that eventually grew to represent all kinds of newspaper workers.

Our local represents employees in most of Northern and Central California’s largest and most-respected newspapers. Our most recent merger brought the Hawaii Newspaper Guild into our local in January 2011, so we changed our name to Pacific Media Workers Guild. Previously we were known as the California Media Workers Guild, and before that the Northern California Newspaper Guild. Even further back, we were known as the San Francisco-Oakland Newspaper Guild. Today, our biggest unit is the California Federation of Interpreters, which includes more than 800 professional court interpreters in Superior Courts statewide. We have offices in downtown San Francisco, Honolulu, Sacramento and Los Angeles.



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Michael Applegate

Pacific Media Workers Executive Officer