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AFL-CIO Union Plus Scholarship

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The AFL-CIO Union Plus Scholarship Difference:

Over 15 years helping AFL-CIO union members and their children attend college. Union Plus has distributed over 2.4 million scholarship dollars to working families.

See eligibility requirements below and download a PDF application here or a dynamic PDF where you can type in answers here.

Also, save for future education with a 529/College Savings Plan and an extra $500 from Union Plus.

Above: Hannah Leventhal, UFCW Local 7, 2008 Union Plus Scholarship recipient

AFL-CIO Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2.4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 1,700 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.

Outstanding Scholarship Recipients

The students selected for university, college, trade school or technical scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive since we receive over 5,000 applications each year.

Congratulations to the 2009 scholarship winners.

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Apply Now for the 2015 Union Plus Scholarship.


Application deadline:  Saturday, January 31, 2015, 12pm (noon) Eastern Time.

Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall each year. Students may re-apply each year.


How does the Union Plus Scholarship Program work?

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. Applications are first reviewed by a panel of independent career professionals. Semi-finalists are chosen based on a point scale, and their applications are then provided to judges for further review and selection of finalists and awards.

Applicants wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of their applications may send a self-addressed, stamped postcard along with their application.

Program judges include representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges, the United Negro College Fund, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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.

Notification to winners:

Due to the large number of applicants that we receive, we can ONLY notify winners by mail about their selection as Union Plus Scholarship recipients on May 31 each year. Winners should receive their award letters within the first two weeks of June. Union Privilege will not be able to advise applicants on the status of their applications.

Applicants wishing to receive confirmation of receipt of their applications may send a self-addressed, stamped postcard along with their application.

All applicants should note that the Union Plus Scholarship program is very competitive. Even students who have a stellar background may not be selected due to the number of superb applications Union Plus receives each year.


  • 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 the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible.
  • Union 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 applicant must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are now eligible.

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