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59 Scholarships Awarded Totaling $162,000.00
(as of December 2019)

List of ALL National PELRA Foundation Anthony C. Russo Scholarship Winners

The National PELRA Foundation

The National PELRA Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) subsidiary of the National Public Employer Labor Relations Association (National PELRA) that provides scholarships to deserving graduate students studying labor and/or employee relations within the public sector.  

Anthony "Tony" C. Russo was a pioneer and giant in the field of public sector collective bargaining and in the creation of and growth of  National PELRA.  For the first 10 years of  the organizations existance, Tony Russo was, indeed, the heart and soul of National PELRA as a Founding Member and a Board Member, serving on the Board of Directors the first four years.  Tony repeatedly urged negotiators representing public entities to stand and unite and stand strong in the face of repeated union personal and political attacks.

Founded in 1996, the National PELRA Foundation’s Anthony "Tony" C. Russo Scholarship Program was created and since that time the Foundation has given 56 graduate students much needed assistance in their pursuit of advanced degrees in the field of labor relations. The scholarship recipiants are folks whose interests and career goals are similar to ours. Many already work in the public sector and are National PELRA members. 

You can be assured your contribution will be used for the Anthony "Tony" C Russo Scholarship Program. The Foundation’s administrative expenses are de minimus. (Its Officers and Directors receive no reimbursement for their efforts or expenses.)

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We Thank You!

Foundation President: Sam Penrod

Foundation Secretary: Jan Lanza

Foundation Board Members: Rick Hunt, Brent Long, Caroline Beitman, Aundrea Cordle, Melanie Ault