Union Plus Scholarship

Awarded annually to AFSCME members and their families

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, has awarded more than $5 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. More than 3,400 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

How to Apply

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

2021 Winners

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  • Sara Addeo of Washington, D.C. Addeo, who is a member of AFSCME Council 20, Local 2921, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Farzana Ali, M.D., of Bay Shore, New York. Ali, whose father, Muhammad Ali, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Keiran Baker of Vacaville, California. Baker, whose mother, Kendra Cheshareck, is a member of AFSCME Council 57, Local 2700, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Shane Cokes of Dayton, Ohio. Cokes, whose father, Shawn Cokes, is a member of Ohio Association of Public School Employees/AFSCME Local 4, has been awarded a $750 scholarship.
  • Makayla Colon of Baltimore. Colon, whose mother, Keziah Colon, is a member of AFSCME Council 3, Local 1870, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Ivy Ewing of Arlington, Washington. Ewing, whose father, Jason Ewing, is a member of AFSCME Council 2, Local 2849, has been awarded a $3,000 scholarship.
  • Tyger Gudeman of Normal, Illinois. Gudeman, whose mother, Patricia Gudeman, is a member of AFSCME Council 31, Local 3236, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Brianna Hammond of Waddington, New York. Hammond, whose mother, Holly Hammond, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $750 scholarship. Brianna’s brother, Alex Hammond, was a 2017 Union Plus Scholarship recipient.
  • Cory Johnson of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Johnson, whose father, Eric Johnson, is a member of AFSCME Council 83, Local 211, has been awarded a $500 scholarship.
  • Alaina Leasure of Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania. Leasure, whose father, Vernon Leasure, is a member of AFSCME Council 83, Local 763, 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 $2,000 scholarship. Esther was a 2020 Union Plus Scholarship recipient.
  • 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 $750 scholarship. Amanda was a 2020 Union Plus Scholarship recipient.
  • Jacob Mohring of East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. Mohring, whose father, Andrew Mohring, is a member of AFSCME Council 88, Local 2455, has been awarded a $4,000 scholarship.
  • Judy Olsen of Tacoma, Washington. Olsen, who is a member of AFSCME Council 2, Local 120, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Abner Ortiz of El Cajon, California. Ortiz, who is a member of AFSCME Local 3299, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ekua-Janea Quagraine of Kansas City, Missouri. Quagraine, whose mother, Elsie Quagraine, is a member of AFSCME Local 500, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Makayla Randolph of New Castle, Delaware. Randolph, whose mother, Tina Anne Maria Kinsey-Randolph, is a member of AFSCME Council 88, Local 2548, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.
  • Sofia Regan-Bone of Everett, Washington. Regan-Bone, whose father, Bert Regan, is a member of AFSCME Council 2, Local 109, and whose mother, Nuria Regan, is a member of AFSCME Local 1671, has been awarded a $2,000 scholarship.
  • Maureen Roddy of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Roddy, whose father, Christopher Roddy, and mother, Jenifer Roddy, are members of Ohio Civil Service Employees Association/AFSCME Local 11, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Michelle Saechao of Kent, Washington. Saechao, whose mother, Mone Saechao, is a member of AFSCME Council 28, Local 843, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Teralan Simmons of Rochester, New York. Simmons, whose mother, Laniece Simmons, is a member of Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA)/AFSCME Local 1000, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Kellie Taylor-White of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Taylor-White, who is a member of AFSCME Council 17, Local 421, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Ryan Thein of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Thein, whose father, Mark Thein, is a member of AFSCME Council 32, Local 903, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Karley Yung of Canton, Michigan. Yung, whose father, Wood Yung, is a member of AFSCME Council 25, Local 1583, has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship.

Eligibility for Scholarships

Current and retiree 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.