Union Plus Scholarship
The 2017 scholarship application is now available.Start Your Application
The Union Plus Scholarship Difference:
- The 2016 Scholarship Awards have been announced! See the 2016 Awards list here.
- Apply online for the 2017 Union Plus Scholarship. Deadline to apply: January 31, 2017
- Helping union members and their children attend college. For the past 25 years, Union Plus has distributed over 4 million scholarship dollars to working families.
- 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.
Above: Irrawaddy Lamouth, AFSCME Local 685, 2011 Union Plus Scholarship recipient
Union Plus Scholarship Program
Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 2,700 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.)
See eligibility in the tab below.
Outstanding Scholarship Recipients
Congratulations to the 2016 scholarship winners. This year, 104 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.
The students selected for university, college, trade or technical school 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.
How does the Union Plus Scholarship Program work?
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.
Applications are available starting in mid-June, and a complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2017. 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 2017. Students may re-apply each year.
The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of scholarship awards by May 31 each year. During the first week 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 here. 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, 2017.
- 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 2017 - 2018 school year.
- Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.
- Your application must be complete and received by 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.
Help more union families reach their education goals