Union Plus has announced the availability of the Union Plus Scholarship Program application for study beginning in the Fall of 2018. The Program awards annual scholarships to eligible union members, current and retired, their spouses and dependent children. The recipients are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor values.
The program provides for one-time cash grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 to eligible undergraduates and graduates attending a U.S. accredited university, college or community college, or a recognized trade or technical school.
The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered by the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported by the provider of the Union Plus Credit Cards. Applicants do not need to be a credit cardholder or participate in any Union Plus programs to apply for the scholarship. Since the start of the Union Plus Scholarship Program in 1991, over $4.2 million in educational funding has been awarded to over 2,800 students of working families.
Applying for the Union Plus scholarship is entirely online. Union Plus released a informational flyer with information regarding the 2018 Union Plus Scholarship or visit the Union Plus’ website at www.unionplus.org/scholarships for additional details and all other requirements.
Applicants should log on and complete their online application by visiting https://unionplusscholars.communityforce.com/Funds/Search.aspx. Please note the deadline for submitting the completed 2018 application is Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time). Scholarship recipients will be notified by the first week of June, 2018.
In addition to furnishing personal information, employment details, educational background, college and career information, as well as estimated financial needs, applicants are also required to provide the information listed below. Applicants should review the criteria carefully as some of the requirements may have changed from prior years:
- Letter of reference from a teacher or other adult who is familiar with the applicant’s achievements and abilities. The letter must be in Word (.doc/.docx), Adobe (.pdf), or JPEG (.jpeg/.jpg) format.
- Two scholarship essays of approximately 350 words each. One essay should provide a description of the applicant’s past and/or future strategies to reduce college education expenses. The second essay should explain the applicant’s relationship with the union and labor movement.
- Union information. Provide national or international union name, and as much information as possible regarding applicant’s union lodge or district number, address and phone number. If the applicant is a dependent; information for his/her spouse’s or parent’s union must be provided. If applicant or family members are affiliated with multiple unions, information for all must be listed.
To receive mobile text alerts about education-related deadlines and information, members should text STUDENT to 22555.
Click here to view the Union Plus flyer.