At the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Convention in 1999, the A. L. “Mike" Monroe and Ralph D. Williams, III, Sports Scholarship was introduced and ratified into the Union's Constitution. This groundbreaking program was created to offer student athletes the opportunity to pursue their athletic ambitions while earning an advanced educational degree at the academic institution of their choosing.
Despite their athletic talent, neither man had the resources to attend college and instead joined the Union at a young age. This scholarship, named in their honor, gives IUPAT members' children the chance to attain a higher education.
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