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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.

2019 Winners

  • Kim Adam of Santa Cruz, California. Adam, whose father, Detlef Adam, is a member of AFSCME Local 101 (Council 57), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Bailey Caskey of Ankeny, Iowa. Caskey, whose father, Mark Caskey, is a member of AFSCME Local 3861 (Council 61), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Katherine Curtis of Twinsburg, Ohio. Curtis, whose mother, Eileen Curtis, is a member of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Deaira Dorsey Brown of Palo Alto, California. Dorsey Brown, whose mother, Denise Dorsey, is a member of AFSCME Local 2620 (Council 57), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Melissa Ertl of Albany, New York. Ertl, whose mother, Mary Ertl, is a member of AFSCME Local 6 (Council 32), has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Ginger Noble of Williamsport, Maryland. Noble, who is a member of AFSCME Local 354 (Council 3), and whose husband, Brad Noble, is a member of AFSCME Local 1772 (Council 3), has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Keelan Rice of Seneca, Illinois. Rice, whose mother, Mary Rice, is a member of AFSCME Local 2794 (Council 31), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Connor Sibley of Ogdensburg, New York. Sibley, whose mother, Stacy Sibley, is a member of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA/AFSCME Local 1000), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Madeline Springate of Versailles, Kentucky. Springate, whose mother, Sherri Springate, is a member of AFSCME Local 1169 (Council 962), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Christopher Unruh of Honolulu, Hawaii. Unruh, whose father, William Unruh, is a member of Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA/AFSCME Local 152), has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
  • Paul Vernier of Spokane Valley, Washington. Vernier, whose father, Rick Vernier, is a member of AFSCME Local 1553 (Council 2), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Tyler Willis of Enumclaw, Washington. Willis, who is a member of AFSCME Local 3488 (Council 28), has been awarded a $1,500 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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