Union Plus logo; Union Plus; Union Plus Benefits Members and their families are eligible to apply for Union Plus scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000, but the deadline to be considered is quickly approaching with all applications due by noon EST on January 31, 2019.
Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended, and the required essays account for up to half of your total score. Applications are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.

Isaiah’s Award Introduced

This year Union Plus has also introduced Isaiah’s Award for students who have a connection with the foster care system. Those applying will be asked to describe their personal, employment, volunteer experiences or career goals related to the foster care system.
Scholarship award recipients will be chosen by no later than May 31 and winners will be notified by mail during the first week of June.
The Union Plus Education Foundation has awarded more than $4.3 million in scholarships to students of union families and over 2,900 families have benefited.
For other eligibility requirements, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the “Eligibility” tab, located next to the “How it Works” tab.
Click here to apply.

Union Plus also offers free college for union members and their families

Union Plus has partnered with AFSCME to offer the Union Plus Free College Benefit. This benefit can help you and your family members afford a college education without piling on thousands of dollars in student debt.
Under an academic partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, the Union Plus Free College Benefit offers grants that fill the gap between any federal, state and employer education grants for tuition, fees and e-books for certain online programs offered by Eastern Gateway.
Even if you don’t qualify for student financial aid, the college benefit will be applied to your balance for tuition, fees and e-books while you earn an associate’s degree. The program offers seven associate degrees and two certificate programs. Credits can be transferred to a four-year college.
Degree programs included are:

  • Accounting
  • Associate of Arts
  • Business Management – with optional concentrations in Labor Studies, Entrepreneurship, Health Care Management, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing and Finance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Individualized Study
  • Paralegal

The certificate programs included are:

  • Business Management – with an optional concentration in accounting
  • Patient Navigator

Classes begin every eight weeks and are online only. Advising and tutoring are available to support students. Enrollment is being offered now for classes starting March 18.
For more information click here.
To get started, click here or call 888-590-9009.

Union Plus logo The Union Plus Scholarship Program is once again offering up scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to help union members and their children attend college. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall each year and students may re-apply every year that they are enrolled in school. The deadline to apply for the 2015 scholarship is Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, at 12 p.m. (eastern time). 

Since 1992, the program has awarded more than $3.6 million to students of union families. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. It is recommended that students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

To apply, students, their parents or spouses must have been a union member for at least one year and this minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2015. The applicant must also be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. The scholarship must be used for the 2015-2016 school year.

Scholarships will be awarded by May 31. During the first two weeks of June, award recipients will be individually notified by mail. To learn more or to apply for the scholarship, click here