American Federation of Musicians Local 443 – Oneonta, NY


Charles W. England Scholarship Fund

Charles W. “Chuck” England (12/22/1944-1/11/2009) was a man of giant stature. He had a profound impact on his students as their teacher and on his colleagues in the various musical ensembles of which he was a member. Charles believed in the values of Union-Minded persons and served with dedication as a musician representative within the American Federation of Musicians Local 443 jurisdiction.

This annual scholarship is a tribute to Chuck’s musical spirit, his pursuit of excellence and his “call to duty” regarding his beloved profession. Ultimately this scholarship initiative embraces the values and character Charles W. England stood for throughout his life. Chuck’s stated philosophy for his students sincere, direct and to the point: “be good to each other.”

The CWE Scholarship is an annual outreach initiative developed by Local 443 American Federation of Musicians, the Oneonta region of union musicians.  High school seniors schooled within the jurisdictional boundaries of Local 443 who are accepted into a college with a music program and who will further their studies of music while enrolled in college are invited to apply.

Union: Workers who join together with the immediate goal of lifting up their entire group; and the ultimate goal of lifting up all of humanity.

Values and character traits of Union-Minded people:
Open-Minded,   Selfless,   Contributor,   Sound-Judgment,   Self-Aware,   Rational,   Objective,   Reasonable,   Rule-Abiding,   Deserving,   Sound-Leadership,   Respect,   Support,  and Uphold the LMDRA: Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act.

All of Otsego and Schoharie Counties and the following communities in Chenango County: Norwich, New Berlin, North Norwich, Sherburne and Columbus. All of Delaware County except the portion that is in the jurisdiction of Local 215. Kingston, N.Y.

2022 Scholarship details.

We invite applications for the 2022 Charles W. England Scholarship. Members of the high school class of 2022 who graduated from a school district within Local 443’s geographical jurisdiction and are enrolled for the Fall 2022 semester in an institution of higher education and pursuing courses in the field of music are eligible to apply. Download the CWE Application 2022 Cycle to get started.

Applications are due September 7, 2022.  The application form, essay, and contact information for 3 references should be sent to

Daniel Hane, Local 443 Secretary-Treasurer
P.O. Box 48
Oneonta, NY 13820


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