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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.

2015 Winners

$4,000 winners

  • Emily Cieslak of Wenatchee, WA. Emily, whose mother, Urszula Cieslak, is a member of AFSCME Council 2, Local 846.

$3,000 winners

  • Jeremy Babb of Rosedale, NY. Jeremy, who is a member of AFSCME District Council 37,Local 371.
  • Alissa Lopez Serfozo of Lakewood, CA. Alissa, whose mother, Lisa Serfozo Macias, is a member of AFSCME, Council 36,Local 773.

$2,000 winners

  • Adenike Adeyemi-Jones of Uniondale, NY.  Adenike, whose mother, Grace Naiyeju, is a member of AFSCME NY CSEA 1000, Local 830.

$1,000 winners

  • Donald Babadalir of Turlock, CA. Donald, who is a member of AFSCME UDW CA Local 3930.
  • Carson Cary of Des Moines, IA. Carson, whose mother, Tiffani Cary, is a member of AFSCME Council 61, Local 3861.
  • Meredith Obear of Crofton, MD. Meredith, whose father, Richard Obear, is a member of AFSCME Maryland Local 2250.
  • Owen Pulver of Dwight, IL. Owen, whose father, Rob Pulver, is a member of AFSCME Council 31, Local 1928.
  • Lexi Rager of Bristolville, OH. Lexi, whose father, William Rager, is a member of AFSCME Local 11.
  • Yuisa Santiago of Bronx, NY. Yuisa, who is a member of AFSCME District Council 1707, Local 215 has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Stephanie Su of Olympia, WA. Stephanie, whose mother Jacqueline Su, is a member of AFSCME Council 28, Local 443.
  • Kennethea Wilson of Rochester, NY. Kennethea, whose mother, Jaquanda Jones, is a member of AFSCME Council 66, Local 1635.

$750 winners

  • Alexis Royal of Austin, TX. Alexis, whose mother, Barbara Rush, is a member of AFSCME Local 1624.

$500 winners

  • Sarah Adsit of Conneaut Lake, PA.  Sarah, whose father, Gregory Adsit, is a member of AFSCME PA Council 85, Local 2101.
  • Brianna Robords of Bath, NY. Briana, whose father, Charles Robords, and mother, Lauren Robords, both are members of AFSCME NY CSEA 1000, Local 851.
  • Benjamin Winkler of Little Falls, NY. Benjamin, whose mother, Jennifer Winkler, is a member of AFSCME NY CSEA 1000, Local 822.
  • Amy Wyant of Odell, IL. Amy, whose father, Sean Wyant, is a member of AFSCME Council 31, Local 817.

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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