AFSCME Family Scholarship

The 2021 application period is closed. Winners posted below. Applications for 2022 will be available in July.

Knowledge Is Power

Looking for financial support for college?  Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

  • At the time of application, be a graduating high school senior whose parent, legal guardian or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member;
  • At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution; and
  • Have taken the SAT or the ACT (this requirement was WAIVED for 2021 applications*).
  • Return complete application with all required documentation postmarked by the December 31 deadline.

2021 AFSCME Family Scholarship Winners


  • Panchatapa Baul, AFSCME New Jersey Council 63, Local 2302
  • Valerie Gonzalez, AFSCME Council 36, Local 575
  • Sibley Haamid IV, AFSCME Council 28, Local 793
  • Justin Hart, AFSCME Council 47, Local 2186
  • Ankitha Kumar, AFSCME Council 5, Local 668
  • Nitin Seshadri, CSEA/AFSCME 1000, Local 860
  • Elizabeth Spiegelhoff, AFSCME Council 65
  • Paola Torres, AFSCME Retiree Chapter 95
  • Anh Voong, AFSCME Council 57, Local 2620
  • Natalie Wells-Dutton, AFSCME Council 2, Local 270
  • Lawren Williams, AFSCME Council 17, Local 1154
  • Miley Worker, AFSCME Council 31, Local 993

In response to increased hardships on students and families caused by the pandemic, AFSCME has awarded 12 scholarships this year instead of the customary 10.

* Nearly half of all students scheduled to take the SAT or ACT have not been able to do so, due to Covid-19 restrictions or cancellations.

The College Board who administers the SAT has urged colleges to “equally consider students for admission who are unable to take the test due to Covid-19.” The National Association of College Admissions Counseling has also put out a call for schools to pledge that test-optional means test-optional and that applicants who do not submit test scores be given no less consideration than those who do.