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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.

2018 Winners

  • Victoria Arellano of Merced, California. Arellano, whose father, Samuel Arellano, is a member of AFSCME Local 2703 (Council 57), has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Bridgette Hegarty of Chicago. Hegarty, whose father, Kevin Hegarty, is a member of AFSCME Local 2912 (Council 31), has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Zoe Kaplan of Chicago. Kaplan, whose father, Mark Kaplan, is a member of AFSCME Local 1215 (Council 31), has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Elizabeth Kempter of Poestenkill, New York. Kempter, whose mother, Alane Kempter, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Jeana Kim of Des Plaines, Illinois. Kim, whose mother, Yoomi Kim, is a member of AFSCME Local 2858 (Council 31), has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Soo Kim of New Castle, Delaware. Kim, whose father, Kee Kim, is a member of Delaware Public Employees/ AFSCME Local 218 (Council 81), has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Michael Lambert of Atwater, Minnesota. Lambert, whose mother, Robin Lambert, is a member of AFSCME Local 559 (Council 65), has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Taegan Meredith of North Olmsted, Ohio. Meredith, whose mother, Melissa Meredith, is a member of Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE)/AFSCME Local 4, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Gregory Otting Jr. of Etna, Ohio. Otting, who is a member of Ohio Civil Service Employees Association (OCSEA)/AFSCME Local 11, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Gladis Philip of Saddle Brook, New Jersey. Philip, whose mother, Minimole Philip, is a member of AFSCME New Jersey Council 63, Local 3354, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

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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