At the 1992 NSO-Representative Assembly, President John Warms announced the passing of Chip Tassone, an AFSE member who was remembered for his service to NSO as an advocate and organizer. In his honor, the first HTUP scholarship was named in his memory. Between 1993 and 1995, the NSO Executive Committee developed the criteria for the Chip Tassone scholarship with Regional Director John Reily (Massachusetts) describing the criteria at the 1995 NSO-RA as, “reserved for associate staff or women or minorities or organizers who do not get the opportunity for participation through employer training funds.”
Two half-time scholarships for professional staff were also created in memory of Chuck Leberknight, an Executive Committee member from Ohio PSU, and John Warms of New Jersey, long-time President of NSO.
The Harvard Trade Union Program (HTUP), which runs January through February each year, is designed for trade union officials and employees to learn advocacy skills. A full tuition grant is available to one NSO Associate Staff member under the Chip Tassone Scholarship and one, half scholarship in honor of Chuck Leberknight—OH and John Warms—NJ is available to NSO Professional Staff members. The program is a five or six-week course on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.
Any NSO member, in good standing, must send a letter of interest in the HTUP and application to the NSO liaison. The following represents the process for consideration:
- All HTUP scholarship applications must be completed and submitted directly to the NSO Liaison;
- All applications must be received by the NSO HTUP Liaison no earlier than July 15, and no later than September 1 of any given year;
- The HTUP applicant must have their affiliate’s endorsement to qualify for an NSO Scholarship and said endorsement must accompany the HTUP application;
- NSO will screen all HTUP applications per the criteria established, and provide Harvard with NSO’s recommendation on who may attend and receive the NSO Scholarship;
- Pursuant to the criteria established, it is within the total discretion of the NSO Executive Committee to determine which applicant(s) should receive the NSO Scholarship(s);
- All applicants will be notified of their application status by October 15.
- Should an applicant not receive a NSO scholarship, the participant may apply again, during the application period outlined above.
- Selection Criteria:
- A member in good standing o Endorsement from the applicant’s NSO Affiliate
- Availability of time o Participation level in the NSO Affiliate
- Years of service in the labor movement
- Demonstrates an understanding of the role of a union member in NSO and exhibits a high level of enthusiasm and passion evidenced in the application