AFSCME Family Scholarship

Knowledge Is Power

Looking for financial support for college?  Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • At the time of application, be a graduating high school senior whose parent, legal guardian or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member;
  • At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution; and
  • In 2022, AFSCME adopted a test-optional policy. Applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, but the selection committee may consider them.
  • Return complete application with all required documentation postmarked by the December 31 deadline.

How to Apply

Click here for 2023 application.

Please make sure your complete application and all support documentation (essay, transcripts, letters of recommendation, optional SAT or ACT scores, proof of AFSCME membership, etc.) are mailed together in one envelope, POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 31, 2022, to:

AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
Attention: AFSCME Advantage
1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036-5687

2022 AFSCME Family Scholarship Winners

Read about the 2022 scholarship winners.


  • Saoirse Burke (Conn.) – daughter of John Burke, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 4
  • Jared Chantz (Pa.) – stepson of William Schollaert, AFSCME Council 13, Local 757
  • Theresa Conroy (Maine) – daughter of Mary Murphy, AFSCME Council 93, Local 2179
  • Whitney Cordes (Idaho) – daughter of Bradley Cordes, Oregon AFSCME Council 75, Local 3940
  • Melissa Fixmer (Wis.) – daughter of Carolyn Fixmer, AFSCME Council 32, Local 2748
  • Jared Langner (Calif.) – son of Ila Langner, AFSCME Council 57, Local 101
  • Elizabeth Merdan (Minn.) – daughter of Susan Merdan, AFSCME Council 65, Local 748
  • Mae Nettle (Ohio) – daughter of Charles Nettle, AFSCME Ohio Council 8, Local 2662
  • Payton Odom (Wash.) – daughter of Lisa Odom, AFSCME Council 2, Local 1811
  • Malachi Partee (Pa.) – son of Cecelia Partee, AFSCME Maryland Council 3, Local 112
  • Kesiah Philpot (Utah) – daughter of Jerry Philpot, AFSCME Local 1004
  • Trinity Webb (Ill.) – daughter of Fatima Brown, AFSCME Council 31, Local 1006 

In response to increased hardships on students and families caused by the pandemic, AFSCME has awarded 12 scholarships this year instead of the customary 10.