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New union scholarship for high school seniors

Posted on May 21, 2013
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Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To commemorate this historic event and King's "I Have a Dream" speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Plus are offering scholarships to help high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education. The one-time $5,000 scholarship application deadline is noon on Monday, July 1, 2013.  Apply for the Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship.


Who is eligible to apply for the Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship? 
Current and retired members of an AFL-CIO union, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). Grandchildren of current or retired members are also eligible.  Also, current members of a community organization are eligible. 

How many scholarships will be awarded? 
A minimum of 50 scholarships will be awarded.

I am not sure if my union is eligible, how can I check? 
A list of eligible unions is provided in a drop down menu in the application form.  Also, a list of eligible unions is available at the AFL-CIO website.  But remember, anyone who volunteers with a community group is also eligible for this special scholarship, so be sure to share this opportunity with friends and family.

What's the definition of an eligible community organization?
Community organizations (sometimes known as community-based organizations) are civil society (meaning non-government and non-business), non-profits that operate within a local community. Typical community organizations fall into the following categories: civil and human rights, community-service and action, immigrant rights, health, educational, personal growth and improvement, social welfare and self-help for the disadvantaged. School groups, church groups, youth groups, civil rights groups, immigrant rights groups and community engagement groups are all typical examples of community organizations.
What  years of study are covered? 
The scholarship is for college freshman, those entering their first year of college or trade school in the Fall of 2013. The applicant must be accepted into an accredited college or trade school at the time the award is issued.

What types of schools are covered? 
U.S. accredited colleges and universities, including community colleges, technical and trade schools.

Are there geographic restrictions? 
Union members (and family members) from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands are eligible.  Canadian members are not eligible.  Awards apply only to those attending a U.S.-accredited college, university, trade or technical school.

What time period does the award cover? 
Awards are issued starting on August 28, 2013 and apply towards the 2013 - 2014 school year.  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.

What are the award amounts? 
A one-time $5,000 scholarship per award recipient for the school year beginning fall 2013 to summer 2014.

Is the scholarship renewable? 
No, these are one-time awards.

Are printed copies of this application available? 
No, you can only apply for this Scholarship using this online form.

What is the deadline for applying? 
Your application must be complete and received by 12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Will I be notified about the status of my application? 
When you successfully submit your application, you'll receive a screen message and an email confirming your application was received.  Due to the volume of applications, we cannot provide any information on the status of an application before the award announcements are made on August 28, 2013.   All applicants will be notified by email when the award list is completed.

How are the scholarship awards announced? 
Awards are announced by mail on August 28, 2013.  Award recipients who do not respond are then contacted by phone.  All applicants will be notified by email when the award list is completed.

Who offers this scholarship? 
The scholarship is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, with funding from the AFL-CIO and its member unions. Union Plus is the branded name of benefits offered by Union Privilege. Union Privilege is the organization behind the Union Plus programs.  The AFL-CIO created Union Privilege in 1986 to provide union members and their families with valuable consumer benefits. By using the collective buying power of unions, we are able to offer valuable, discounted products and services exclusively to working families.

Read more about the historic march and Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech that inspired this scholarship program


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