Union Plus recently awarded $170,000 in scholarships to 108 students representing 34 unions. This year’s group of scholarship recipients includes university, college and trade or technical school students from 31 states plus the District of Columbia.
The Union Plus Scholarship Program, now in its 28th year, awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor’s values. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Cards. Applicants do not need to be a credit cardholder to apply for the scholarship.
“When I see the dedication that these scholarship recipients display, I know the future of the labor movement is strong,” said AFL-CIO President and Union Plus Board Chairman Richard Trumka. “I’m so proud that the Union Plus Scholarship Program enables deserving students to pursue diverse educational opportunities and has helped 3,000 union members and their families achieve their dreams of a higher education.”
Since starting the program in 1991, Union Plus has awarded more than $4.5 million in educational funding to more than 3,000 union members, spouses and dependent children. Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school or a recognized technical or trade school. The selection process is very competitive and this year over 7,100 applications were received from 65 unions, all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia and two U.S. territories, representing an almost 20% increase in applications over 2018. Visit unionplus.org/scholarship for applications and information about benefit eligibility.
“The entire team here at Union Plus is so proud to be able to offer this scholarship program to help union family members offset the high cost of college education” said Mitch Stevens, President of Union Plus. “This year’s group of 108 winners are all incredibly talented, motivated, and deserving students taking an important step to further their education and build the foundation for future success.”