Union Scholarships-Union Scholarship Program

The Union Plus Scholarship Program has been awarding scholarships to union members and their families since 1992. It has given away more than $3 million in union scholarships to students who want to begin or continue their education at the post-secondary level. More than 1,900 families have benefited from these awards. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.

In 2010, some 121 union members and union family members have been awarded $150,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $4,000.

The students who won the Union Plus Scholarship for studying in the different institutions (university, college, trade school or technical school) have different backgrounds, union affiliations, accomplishments and goals. This is a very competitive scholarship, as the program receives more than 5,000 applications each year.

Evaluation Criteria:

The scholarship can be won by anyone attending or looking to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school.

The evaluation process involves assessment of the student’s academic ability, financial need, social awareness and appreciation of labor.

A committee of impartial post secondary educators judges the scholarship applicants. In the first stage, a panel of independent career professionals reviews the applicants. They choose the semi-finalists on the basis of a point scale. The applications of the semi-finalists are then provided to judges who decide the finalists and winners.

If you want to receive a confirmation of receipt of your application, you may send a stamped postcard with your address, along with your application.

The judges’ panel includes representatives from the American Association of Community Colleges, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the United Negro College Fund, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Scholarship Award Amounts:

Union Plus Scholarship Program provides awards ranging from $500 to $4,000. The award money is sent to successful candidates in one installment for study beginning in the fall of that year.

Notification to Winners:

If you win the scholarship, you will be notified on May 31by mail. You should receive your award letter within the first two weeks of June. Union Plus will not offer you any advice regarding the status of your application.

You should remember that the union scholarships offered by the Union Plus Scholarship program are very competitive. Union plus receives a number of outstanding applications each year, so you may not be able to win even if you have a stellar background.