Perhaps best known in our world as the former President of Local 1358 (now Local 152), Irvin R. String (1933-2008) was also incredibly active in the local South Jersey community. At the Atlantic City Rescue Mission, Irv served as a member of the Board of Directors for fifteen years, and also served three terms as a committeeman for Egg Harbor Township Committee, beginning in 1964. Additionally, Irv is considered instrumental in the development of the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, where to this day a plaque in his honor remains inside the building.
Irv was never one for material things, but would go out of his way to help a friend, a neighbor, or a stranger in need. It goes without saying that he was beloved by family, friends, and colleagues alike in the area, including our own union family. Irv was a well-liked, well-respected president who is best remembered for his dry humor and solid leadership. You may have also noticed the name sounding familiar — that’s because Irv R. String was also the father of our current President, Brian String.
The Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship Fund was created in Irv’s honor, and while his influence on our local warrants enough of a reason to develop a scholarship in his name, his legacy of personal selflessness and community involvement is the true embodiment of this scholarship. We believe there is no better person to name a scholarship award after.
At UFCW Local 152, it’s our hope that recipients of this award will carry on Irv String’s legacy by becoming involved in their community, showing kindness in the lives they lead, and perhaps most importantly by demonstrating strong leadership in their area of study.
The Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship Fund was developed in 2009 by the leaders of UFCW Local 152 as a way to give back to our hardworking union members and their families to offset the often expensive cost of college.
At Local 152, we believe that every dollar counts. Each winner of the Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship Fund will receive $5,000 towards the cost of tuition, with the funds paid directly to the college or university of choice. The scholarship was recently increased from $2,000.
The Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship is currently accepting scholarship applications for 2023! Click here to learn more.
UFCW Local 152 has awarded over
$42,000 in scholarships as of 2018.
Above: President Brian String with Taylor Ludman, a 2013 Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship recipient.
Taylor Ludman, a 2013 award winner, recently updated us on her journey:
“Currently, I work as a Clinical Research Associate (CRA) at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. in the Washington, D.C. metro area. In accordance with federal guidelines and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), I participate in monitoring and auditing all phases of clinical trials which are investigating treatments and vaccines for a variety of infectious diseases that have caused public health concerns and epidemics/pandemics. I am currently working on studies for Ebola (including by working with African clinical sites in Liberia, Guinea and Mali), influenza, a.k.a. the “flu” (including by working with nationwide domestic sites and international sites in Argentina, Mexico, and Thailand), rare diseases (specifically those causing immunodeficiency), malaria, and HIV/AIDS. Eventually, I would like to earn my PhD in Public Health after I work in the field for a few more years.
As an inaugural 2013 scholarship recipient, the Irv R. String Local 152 Scholarship was an honorable award to receive. The award helped finance my senior year of undergraduate education at Dickinson College, from where I graduated in 2014 with magna cum laude honors. I am very thankful and fortunate for having received this prestigious award.”