The Lewis Sexton Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 by the Morris Foundation honoring Lewis Sexton, former President of the Unite Auto Works (UAW) Local 862. The fund provides three awards of $5,000 to children (or legal wards) of UAW 862 members or retirees who plan to attend a four year college or university in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
For six decades, Lewis Sexton has been an influential voice for organized labor and an advocate for the working families of Kentucky.
Sexton began is career in 1954 at the Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) serving in various roles within the assembly plants of Kentucky. There he discovered his passion for serving the membership of the United Auto Workers. Early on he was elected to serve two terms on the Election Committee. In 1965, he was elected to serve as Bargaining Committeeman. In 1971, Sexton was elected President of UAW 862 and served for ten years. During his tenure, the union made progressive gains on key issues. In negotiations in 1973, the UAW won the “30-and-out” provision, which allowed workers to retire after 30 years under any circumstances. The UAW established a three percent pay increase each year, an improved cost of living formula, and substantial increases to membership health benefits. After his service as President, Sexton remained committed to union members and their families by serving as a delegate to the UAW National Constitutional Convention from 1966 to 2010.
After a 55 year career at Ford Motor Company, Sexton retired and continued his service to the UAW by being elected by the retired members to represent them on the Executive Board. He currently represents 5,000 retirees and surviving spouses. In addition to his service to organized labor, Sexton is a long time member and supporter of the Fraternal Order of Police and served as a Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff. He has worked with several charitable organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross, Kosair Charities, and United Way of Kentucky, and Adopt A Child.
Stanley Lewis Sexton was born in Columbia, Kentucky. He proudly served his country in the United States Army as Tank Commander training at Fort Knox. Today he remains a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s veterans and their families. Sexton is the proud father of two children and three grandchildren.
Applications are now open for 2020. Please visit the Blue Grass Community Foundation scholarship portal to apply. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm ET. If you have questions, please contact the Blue Grass Community Foundation at (859) 225-3343 or visit: http://www.bgcf.org/learn/scholarships.