2016 SCDCL Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship

The Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship Fund has been awarding scholarships to the children of the members of the Laborer’s Union in Southern California for the past 20 years. These scholarships are intended to assist these young people with the cost of their college education.

The scholarship fund is to honor the legacy left by Mike Quevedo Sr. Mike Sr. came to Los Angeles at the age of 16 in 1926 and started his career in the construction industry in 1940. During World War II, he served as a laborer relations representative for the Latino workers in the San Pedro shipyard. In 1950 he was elected to the Executive Board of Laborers local #300 and was soon elected Secretary Treasurer. In 1959, Mike Sr. became the first Latino to be elected Business Manager.

Mike Sr. was one of Labors’ Pioneers who believed it was important to provide all the support possible towards the betterment of our young people, our local communities, and our county as a whole. His desire was to see that dependents of members of the Southern California Laborers Union would have the opportunity to secondary education.

The Southern California District Council of Laborers carries on that dream today by awarding scholarships to those dependents, thus ensuring Mike’s dream is kept alive. In 2015, the Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship Fund awarded 91 students scholarships totaling $187,000. Both numbers Mike would be extremely proud of.

General rules & instructions for the Southern California District Council of Laborers Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund Awards 2016-2017 school year.

Scholarships will be awarded to the sons and daughters of members of those Laborers local unions participating as sponsors of the Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship Tournament and affiliated with the Southern California District Council of Laborers.

These scholarships must be used for study at any accredited U.S. College, U.S. University, a certified vocational trade school, or a certified institution. The Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship Fund will not impose restrictions of any kind on the course of study. Recipients may accept any other grants or awards that do not rule out scholarship aid or other sources. Recipients will be limited to one (1) scholarship from the Mike Quevedo Sr. Scholarship Fund.

Who may apply
Sons and daughters of Laborers may apply for the scholarships. The parent of the applicant must be a member of a local union affiliated with the Southern California District Council of Laborers. In those cases where the qualifying parent has passed away, the parent had to be a member one (1) year prior to the date of death.

Applicants should be recent High School Graduates of public, private or parochial schools who are planning to attend a qualified institution anywhere in the United States during the academic year and who meet the academic requirements for an entrance into the institution of their choice. Scholarships will be awarded by academic merit as well as other qualifications and considerations. Applications will be accepted between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2016.

Awarding scholarships
Upon receipt of the application and required forms, the SCDCL Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund will submit the application for judging to the University Scholarship Selection Committee. Apart from verifying the eligibility of the applicant, the SCDCL Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund will not exercise any choice among the various applicants or indicate in any way that one applicant should be favored over another.

Based on factors used in awarding scholarships, the University Scholarship Selection Committee will submit to the SCDCL Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund the list of the finalists to be awarded scholarships.

Scholarship winners will be notified by the SCDCL Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund. The checks will be deposited in the winning students’ names at the college or university they plan to attend.

Instructions for Scholarship Application (online only)
Applications will be accepted online starting January 1, 2016 and must be received by March 31, 2016. Every item listed below must also be submitted with the online application:

The online application: To be completed and submitted by The Applicant (additional requested items i.e. transcripts, photo, essay, letters, etc., shall be scanned/uploaded  and attached to the online application prior to being submitted).

Scholarship Application

  • Official Transcripts (to include official seal/stamp) for most recent year of high school/college signed and dated by official from the applicants school.

  • Letters of recommendations: applicants should submit one to three letters of recommendation giving information about their character and ability. These may be from teachers, community leaders, family friends or others who know the applicant. Please submit the letter(s) of recommendation with the application.

  • Photograph: a recent color head shot photograph, preferably two inches by three inches (2″ X 3″). The photo should be clear enough to print in the Laborers’ publications.

  • All applicants must submit a letter from the local union verifying the parent’s membership status.

*It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all requested items are attached to the online application and submitted by March 31, 2016. Any application that is missing any of the required items will be considered incomplete and therefore, will not be submitted for scholarship award consideration.

Please direct any questions or concerns to Alex Esparza at (626) 350-6900.


Armando Esparza, Chairman
SCDCL Mike Quevedo, Sr. Scholarship Fund
4399 Santa Anita Ave., Ste. 205
El Monte, CA 91731

Get the Scholarship Application