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Union Plus Scholarship Deadline: Jan. 31

by Tiffanie Bright  |  January 20, 2012

Irrawaddy Lamouth
Irrawaddy Lamouth of Long Beach, CA, daughter of AFSCME Local 685 (District Council 36) member Molly Lamouth, was one of 18 AFSCME recipients of the 2011 Union Plus scholarships.

Need money for college? You could get a job wearing a pirate’s hat and selling fish dinners to tourists in T-shirts. Or you can apply for a Union Plus scholarship. It’s a process that just takes a few minutes.

What you need to apply: a union sponsor – you, your parent or spouse who is or was a union member (make sure the union participates in Union Plus); and acceptance in a U.S. accredited school.

Just last year, 130 union families received scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000. And 18 of those winners came from AFSCME families. One scholarship recipient said, “This scholarship enabled me to go to the school of my dreams. I highly encourage any prospective applicants to take advantage of this opportunity.”

You’ve got everything to gain.

What you need to do: Submit a letter of reference and an essay on your career goals and community service.

Fill out the application online. Need to take a break? Don’t worry. You can save your work and return later. But don’t take too long. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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