Local unions, central labor bodies, and state federations of labor offer scholarships and prizes for members and their children.
One of the best resource guides to union scholarships is The AFL-CIO Guide to Union-Sponsored Scholarships, Awards, and Student Financial Aid. Free copies are available to union members from the AFL-CIO Publications and Materials Office, 815 16th Street, N.W., Room 209, Washington, DC 20006.
Union Plus Scholarship Program
Sponsored by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and the AFL-CIO, Union Plus offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 each.
Open to members, spouses, and children
One-year membership in CSEA/AFSCME required
Must be accepted by an accredited college, technical, or trade school
Award based upon academic achievement, leadership, career goals, and financial need
AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
AFSCME/AFL-CIO offers ten scholarships at $2,000 each. Scholarships are renewable for a maximum of four years with continuous enrollment. Selection is based upon high school activities, academic achievement, and a written essay on "What AFSCME has Meant to my Family."
Must be dependent of CSEA/AFSCME member
Graduating high school senior
Plan to enroll as a full-time, degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university
Northeast Council AFL offers ten, non-renewable scholarships worth $1,000 each. They are open to children of AFL-CIO members only. Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college. Selection is by lottery.
Union Plus National Labor College Scholarship offers more than $25,000 in scholarships to eligible students attending the National Labor College.
Union Leaders of the Future Scholarship provides annual awards up to $3,000 each for women and people of color who want to pursue educational and leadership training.
Other Union-Based Scholarships
The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
The Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program provides a four-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarship to students who are dependents of AFT members, and ten non-renewable $1,000 grants to AFT members. Applications are available online: http://www.aft.org/aftplus/scholarships/index.htm
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Only SEIU members of three years or more and their children are eligible for scholarships.
SEIU Lottery Scholarships - Fifteen $1,000 scholarships renewable up to four years and thirty-three $1,500 scholarships for one year
SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship - One $5,000 non-renewable scholarship to students pursuing a degree in performing/visual arts
SEIU Jesse Jackson Scholarship - One $5,000 scholarship renewable up to four years for a student of economic and social justice who reflects the values of Rev. Jesse Jackson
SEIU John Geagan Scholarship - One $5,000 scholarship distributed over two years at $2,500 per year; available to SEIU members and children desiring to pursue a degree in labor studies
American Postal Workers Union (APWU) - AFL-CIO awards ten scholarships each year, five academic and five vocational. They are available to high school seniors who are children or grandchildren of APWU members .members.
The E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship awards $4,000 to eligible recipients to cover costs of college tuition.
Last Updated: 12/18/2015