In our Positively Jax segment tonight - Local students are getting an added boost when it comes to paying for school this year... all thanks to scholarship money. The Jacksonville chapter of the International Longshoremen's Association awarded 45-thousand-dollars in scholarships, to more than 30 local high school seniors and college students. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem explains how they were chosen. 3 00-0710-1629-36109-113124-134 00:58 Students receiving scholarships submitted winning essays, had to have a minimum 2.75 GPA and are involved in community service.Vonquell Quinney, Top Scholarship Winner 53:33 I'm very proud of Winner 53:33 I'm Scholarship Quinney, Top Vonquell service. community service.Vonquell Quinney, Top Scholarship Winner 53:33 I'm very proud of myself The Jacksonville chapter of the International Longshoremen's Association awarded $45,000 in scholarships to more than 30 local high school seniors and college students.The scholarships ranged from two thousand, one thousand five hundred to one thousand dollar scholarships Vonquell Quinney was a top scholarship winner. 54:03 If it wasn't for the scholarship I would be able to college but it would included taking out a lot of loans cause my school is a private school and it costs a lot of money it cost 22 thousand dollars A little bit of background information on the scholarship-- The International Longshoremen's Association Local 1408 Scholarship Fund was founded in 1995.Local 1408 helps to connect longshoremen, dock workers who are skilled in loading and unloading cargo ships, with jobs at the Port of Jacksonville and provides benefits for its members. . Sheran Fowler won the 6th annual award 12 years ago.She says she may not have been able to attend college so soon without the scholarship funds. Sheran Fowler, Accountant for ILA Scholarships 56:05 I'm so proud of these young adults that applied for the scholarship Fowler now works as an accountant and is on the Scholarship board committee. 56:20 I saw what the ILA scholarship did for me and I want to see what it can do for someone else.CLOSE: 02:14 The International Longshoremen's Association is the largest union of maritime workers in North America, representing more than of 65,000 skilled dock workers. From JAXPORT AM C4 TLS.