Union Plus Scholarship

Awarded annually to AFSCME members and their families

The Union Plus Scholarship program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, helps union members and their families defray the cost of higher education. Since 1991, the program has awarded over $4.5 million to deserving students.

How to Apply

Visit the Union Plus site for more information and to apply online.

2020 Winners

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  • Kaytlen Akau of Lihue, Hawai`i. Akau, whose mother, Teresa Caires Nero, is a member of Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)/AFSCME Local 152, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Claire Alarid of Bellingham, Washington. Alarid, whose mother, Janice Castillo, is a member of Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28, Local 1060, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Maria Burritt of San Diego. Burritt, whose mother, Linda Burritt, is a member of United Domestic Workers of America (UDW)/AFSCME Local 3930, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Stacie Chandler of Louisville, Kentucky. Chandler, who is a member of AFSCME Council 962, Local 4011, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Sanaa Davis-McClain of Freeport, New York. Davis-McClain, whose mother, Tiffani Davis, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Shakira Florence Fangonilo of Sacramento, California. Fangonilo, whose mother, Maribel Harris, is a member of University of California Employees/AFSCME Local 3299, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Zakiya Helm of Newburgh, New York. Helm, whose mother, Carol Flood-Helm, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Brontë Lacey of Burlington, Washington. Lacey, whose father, Steve Lacey, is a member of AFSCME Council 2, Local 176, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Anastasia Langner of San Jose, California. Langner, whose mother, Ila Langner, is a member of AFSCME Council 57, Local 101, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Esther Lee of Brooklyn, New York. Lee, whose mother, Rachel Lee, is a member of AFSCME District Council 37, Local 1407, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Amanda Mavricos of Staten Island, New York. Mavricos, whose mother, Joanne Mavricos, is a member of AFSCME District Council 37, Local 372, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
  • Roxanna McNeilan of West Union, Ohio. McNeilan, who is a member of AFSCME Council 8, Local 3211, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Katrina Mulherin of Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania. Mulherin, whose mother, Michelle Mulherin, is a member of AFSCME Council 13, Local 8809, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Anna Poslednik of Maspeth, New York. Poslednik, who is a member of AFSCME District Council 37, Local 461, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Julius Radakovits of Florida, New York. Radakovits, whose mother, Michele Radakovits, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Brian Rogers of Los Alamitos, California. Rogers, whose mother, Cindy Rogers, is a member of United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP)/AFSCME Local 1199, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Noah Salo of Joliet, Montana. Salo, whose mother, Monica Salo, is a member of AFSCME Council 9, Local 316, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ashley Sanders of Saginaw, Michigan. Sanders, who is a member of AFSCME Council 25, Local 933, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Maliyah Shifferly of Barberton, Ohio. Shifferly, whose mother, Melissa Shifferly, is a member of AFSCME Council 8, Local 265, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Coletrane Sipes of Columbus Junction, Iowa. Sipes, whose father, Justin Sipes, is a member of AFSCME Council 61, Local 2995, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Mackenzie Skinner of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Skinner, whose mother, Cathy Skinner, is a member of AFSCME Council 90, Local 2800, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Laryssa Takiue of Hilo, Hawai`i. Takiue, whose father, Harry Takiue, and mother, Winter Takiue, are members of Hawaii Government Employees Association (HGEA)/AFSCME Local 152, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Phoebe Tran of La Puente, California. Tran, whose stepfather, Johnny Ly, is a member of AFSCME Council 36, Local 3634, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
  • Nicholas Vicinanza of Southold, New York. Vicinanza, whose mother, Lisa Vicinanza, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Dylan Williams of Baldwinsville, New York. Williams, whose mother, Stephanie Parker, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • James Young of Peshastin, Washington. Young, whose father, Martin Young, is a member of Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)/AFSCME Council 28, Local 1299, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Eligibility for Scholarships

Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (including foster children, step children, and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) can apply for a Union Plus Scholarship. (Participating union members from Puerto Rico, Canada, Guam and Virgin Islands and U.S. citizens are eligible.) 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 individual must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Note: Graduate students are now eligible.

Evaluation Criteria

The scholarship program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college, or a technical college or trade school. Applicants for scholarships are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

Scholarship applications are judged by a committee of impartial post secondary educators.

Scholarship Award Amounts

The amount of the award ranges from $500 - $4,000. This is a one-time cash award sent to individual winners for study beginning in the fall of the same year.