This year’s scholarship is in remembrance of former International Secretary-Treasurer Oscar “Double O” Owens who passed away on October 25, 2019.
A U.S. Army veteran, Owens joined ATU Local 192 (Oakland, CA), in 1966, as a bus operator for AC Transit. In 1973, he became a shop steward and rose to become its President/Business Agent. He then served the International for more than 37 years alongside six International Presidents, as a Special Organizer, an International Representative, an International Vice President, and International Secretary-Treasurer for 18 years.
A founding member of the ATU Black Caucus, he was a strong voice in support of civil rights and the rightful place of African Americans within the leadership of the ATU and the entire labor movement. His signature call-to-arms, “Fired up and Ready to Go”, will echo throughout the ATU Forever.
We hope the recipients of this year’s scholarship named in his honor, will use them in part to study union and community organizing, and grow to fight injustices everywhere.
This year, the program will consist of five scholarships each in the amount of $8,000.00. In addition, a $2,000.00, scholarship may be awarded to a technical or vocational school applicant.