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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.

2017 Winners

  • Serena Allen of Palmdale, California. Allen, whose mother, Rachel Allen, is a member of United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC)/UHCP/NUHHCE/AFSCME, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Joy Al-Nemri of Hopewell Junction, New York. Al-Nemri, whose father, Bassam Al-Nemri, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Shannen Rikki Barrameda of Eastvale, California. Barrameda, whose father, Eric Barrameda, and mother, Eva Barrameda, are members of United Nurses Associations of California (UNAC)/UHCP/NUHHCE/AFSCME, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Danielle Boudrow of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boudrow, who is a member of AFSCME Local 3650 (Council 93), Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Keefer Brown of Wasilla, Alaska. Brown, whose father, Kirk Brown, is a member of Alaska State Employees Association (ASEA)/AFSCME Local 52 has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Anastasia Cusack-Mercedez of Chester, Connecticut. Cusack-Mercedez, whose father, James Cusack, is a member of AFSCME Local 2663 (Council 4), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • 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, and whose mother, Penny Doyle, is a member of AFSCME Local 657 (Council 8), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Samuel Fountain of Southborough, Massachusetts. Fountain, who is a member of State Healthcare And Research Employees (SHARE)/AFSCME Local 4000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Benjamin Gort of Minneapolis. Gort, whose mother, Carol Gort, is a member of AFSCME Local 517 (Council 5), has been awarded a $750 scholarship.
  • Alex Hammond of Waddington, New York. Hammond, whose mother, Holly Hammond, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $2,000 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 $3,000 scholarship.
  • Piper Knudson of Pine City, Minnesota. Knudson, whose mother, Tiana Knudson, is a member of AFSCME Local 1539 (Council 5), has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Misty Sanchez of Yakima, Washington. Sanchez, who is a member of AFSCME Local 1326 (Council 28), has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Ken Tanaka of San José, California. Tanaka, whose mother, Mika Tanaka, is a member of AFSCME Local 101 (Council 57), has been awarded a $2,000 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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