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Union Plus Scholarship

Awarded annually to AFSCME members and their families

The Union Plus Scholarship program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, helps union members and their families defray the cost of higher education. Since 1992, the program has awarded over $3 million to deserving students.

How to Apply

Visit the Union Plus site for more information and to apply online.

2016 Winners

$4,000 winners

  • Austin Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose mother, Carrie Arenz, is a member of AFSCME Local 1750 (WI Council 32).
  • Sahithee Batchu of Dublin, Ohio. Batchu, whose mother, Saisree Batchu, is a member of Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)/AFSCME Local 11, Chapter 2565.
  • Ian Coyne of Clinton, Conn. Coyne, whose grandmother, Linda Larkin, is a member of AFSCME CT Retiree Chapter 4.
  • Jasmine Gregory of Walnut Creek, Calif. Gregory, whose mother, Ninfa Villanueva, is a member of AFSCME Local 2620 (CA Council 57).

$3,500 winners

  • Christine Phelan of Monroe, N.Y. Phelan, whose father, Paul Phelan, is a member of AFSCME Local 375 (NY DC 37).
  • Hillary Regan of Oak Grove, Ore. Regan, who is a member of AFSCME Local 328 (OR Council 75).

$1,000 winners

  • Diondra Brown of Bryn Mawr, Pa. Brown, whose father, Russell Brown, is a member of National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees (NUHHCE)/AFSCME PA Local 1199C.
  • Gabrielle DiRusso of Middletown, Del. DiRusso, whose father, Mark DiRusso, is a member of AFSCME Local 3911 ( DE Council 81.
  • Nicole Doyle of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Doyle, whose father, Todd Doyle, is a member of Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4, Chapter 470, and whose mother, Penny Doyle, is a member of AFSCME Local 657 (OH Council 8).
  • Chye Handran of Scobey, Mont. Handran, whose father, Steven Handran, is a member of AFSCME Local 118 (MT Council 9).
  • Zoe Kaplan of Chicago. Kaplan, whose father, Mark Kaplan, is a member of AFSCME Local 1215 (IL Council 31).
  • Breanna Karabeinikoff of Meriden, Conn. Karabeinikoff, whose father, Joel Karabeinikoff, is a member of AFSCME Local 196 (CT Council 4).
  • Piper Knudson of Pine City, Minn. Knudson, whose mother, Tiana Knudson, is a member of AFSCME Local 1539 (MN Council 5).
  • Kelsey Mehlenbacher of Fillmore, N.Y. Mehlenbacher, whose mother, Jeanna Maines, is a member of NY Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000.

$750 winners

  • Megan Burger of Alexandria, Va. Burger, who is a member of AFSCME Local 658 (D.C. Council 26).

$500 winners

  • Alexandra Arenz of Sheboygan Falls, Wis. Arenz, whose mother, Carrie Arenz, is a member of AFSCME Local 1750 (WI Council 32).
  • Grayson Juarez of Sterling, Ill. Juarez, whose mother, Louise Hrubecky, is a member of AFSCME Local 448 (IL Council 31).
  • Rosanna Lugo of College Place, Wash. Lugo, who is a member of AFSCME Local 396 (WA Council 28).

Eligibility for Scholarships

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (including foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. (Participating union members from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens are eligible.) Members do not have to purchase any Union Plus program product or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarships and scholarship awards are not based upon participation in a Union Plus program.

The individual must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Note: Graduate students are now eligible.

Evaluation criteria

The scholarship program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school. Applicants for scholarships are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

Scholarship applications are judged by a committee of impartial post secondary educators.

Scholarship award amounts

The amount of the award ranges from $500 - $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for study beginning in the fall of the same year.

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