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Union Plus Scholarship

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Union Plus Scholarship

This year's deadline has passed.  Sign-up here to be notified when the 2016 application is available in June.


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The Union Plus Scholarship Difference:

  • Helping union members and their children attend college. For the past 22 years, Union Plus has distributed over 3.6 million scholarship dollars to working families.
  • The 2015 Union Plus Scholarship application deadline has passed, sign-up here to be notified when next year's application is availalble..
  • To receive mobile text alerts about education-related deadlines and information, text STUDENT to 22555*.
  • Visit the Union Plus College Planning Center to find the right college, learn about paying for it, and much more.
  • Also, check out Union Plus College Test Prep Discounts with The Princeton Review.

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

Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,400 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. 

See eligibility in the purple tab below.

Outstanding Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the 2014 scholarship winners.  This year, 116 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000. Listen to the story of the 2010 Union Plus Scholarship Video Contest Winner.

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.

Apply for Union Plus Scholarship

The 2015 Union Plus Scholarship deadline has passed.

Sign-up here  to be notified when next year's appliation is available

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:

This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

The required essays can account for up to half your total score.

Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.

Application Deadline:

A complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts:

Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2015. Students may re-apply each year.

Award date:

The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of scholarship awards by May 31 each year. During the first two weeks of June award recipients will be individually notified by mail, and all applicants will be sent an email with notification that the award list is posted at UnionPlus.org/Scholarships. Please note that due to the volume of applications we cannot provide any information on the status of an application before award announcements are made.


  • Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2015.
  • Participating union members from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible.  But students must attend an U.S. accredited college.
  • 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 a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2015 - 2016 school year.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
  • Your application must be complete and received by 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Saturday, January 31, 2015.

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Member Comments

On 08/06/14 Haneka said:

This scholarship program is wonderful. I am a freshman in college and I know how expensive continuing your education can be. I am so thankful that I did my research and became a union plus member. I know my father would be proud. Thank you!

On 08/04/14 David said:

Anything that his helping break the barriers between the upper-class & those in Poverty..

On 07/07/14 anonymous said:

Because you never too old to educate yourself, I am 54 yrs old/young and have been in college since 2010 for my Associates degree in concentration of health and administration,after losing a daughter Marrisa Garcia 32 yrs young to Myeloma cancer, I appreiciate life and want to make a difference.

On 06/06/14 Paul said:

The Union Plus Scholarship has been a huge blessing and benefit for our college son. It's played a critical role in allowing him to afford to attend his dream school, MIT.

On 11/22/13 anonymous said:

I was reading an article on scholarship money and there was a link to this site. My brother was an IBEW member, he died in a car accident in 2008. I am literally in tears thinking his kids may be eligible for a union scholarship.

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