This year, UTUIA has committed once again to supporting the children and grandchildren of our members by continuing to offer 50 four-year college scholarships and 50 two-year trade school scholarships, both at $2,000.00 per student, per year.

Currently, UTUIA is paying out on almost 200 scholarships! We encourage all members of SMART TD to support these ongoing fraternal benefits by becoming a member of UTUIA through ownership in our uniquely designed insurance plans.
“For over 150 years, we have served the members of SMART TD by providing insurance protection and fraternal benefits and we are committed to supporting our members for the next 150 years,” said UTUIA President Ken Laugel.
The deadline for scholarship applications is March 31, 2019. For more information about scholarship requirements and to apply, visit

Ken Laugel
President, UTUIA


UTUIA College & Trade School Scholarship Program Rules


Fifty continuing $2,000 scholarships are awarded each year upon verification of enrollment for the fall term. The scholarships are prorated according to the number of SMART Transportation Division members in each of nine districts. The names of the 50 scholarship winners for the academic year 2019/2020 will be drawn at UTUIA headquarters in North Olmsted after the March 31 deadline for submission of applications.



Requirements of a UTUIA scholarship applicant are that he or she be a U.S. citizen, at least a high school senior or equivalent, and age 25 or under.
Applicants must be associated with the UTUIA by either owning a UTUIA insurance policy, or by being the child or grandchild of a current UTUIA policyholder. Scholarship applicants must also be associated with the SMART Transportation Division by belonging to the union, or by being the child or grandchild of an active or lifetime SMART Transportation Division member.
Applicants also must be accepted for admittance, or already enrolled, for at least 12 credit hours per quarter or semester at a recognized institution of higher learning (university, college or junior college, nursing or technical school offering college credit). Graduate schools are not included.
Applications must be received no later than March 31, 2019. Please submit only one application per student. Incomplete or duplicate applications will not be accepted.
The application form is only available at by clicking on ‘scholarship information’ and ‘apply online today.’
Official and additional rules for the four-year college scholarships and trade school scholarships are available on the UTUIA website.


Scholarship winners are selected through a random drawing. A UTUIA scholar is expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record to keep the scholarship for the full four years.


The UTUIA Scholarship Committee decides whether individual scholarships should be continued or discontinued. Each successful applicant must provide annual proof of eligibility on or before a deadline set by the scholarship committee to qualify for a continuing award. The day-to-day management of the program is handled by the office of the UTUIA secretary & treasurer.


Further questions may be directed to Beth Thomas by calling 216-227-5254, or by emailing Visit for complete rules and to apply.