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Education Benefits

In addition to the protections offered by having a union contract, UFCW membership also comes with access to a wide range of other ways to save money and plan for your future.

Earn your degree- for free!

Because of your UFCW membership, you and your family members can earn an associate degree online from a public, accredited community college – with no out-of-pocket costs to you. The process is simple and can save you thousands of dollars.

UFCW International Charity Foundation Scholarship

Every year the UFCW Charity Foundation offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values.  Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.*

When I was a student, our union didn’t offer any scholarship programs, but luckily my union contract provided a pretty strong wage, great benefits and enough say in my schedule that I was able to bag groceries and go to school. Still, it wasn’t easy and I know my life would have been better if our union offered a scholarship benefit.

Knowing how much I struggled to balance work, life and school, I’m thrilled that our union family continues to offer this program to members year after year.

– Anthony “Marc” Perrone, International President

Get your GED

With this specially designed program, UFCW members will be able to earn their GED at their own pace, on their own time. You can even take classes on your phone.

Union Plus Scholarship

The Union Plus Scholarship Program awards scholarships based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need, and commitment to the values of organized labor. The program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.

Union Plus Scholarship awards are granted to students attending a two-year college, four-year college, graduate school, or recognized technical or trade school.

Get Local

Your local union may offer additional scholarships or education opportunities that are only available to UFCW members at your local union. To make sure you aren’t missing out, be sure to ask your union representative for information on educational programs, financial assistance, or training available.

Learn a new language

UFCW members can learn a foreign language for free online and at their own pace. Spanish, French, German, English, Japanese and other languages are offered. Our Foreign Language program has experienced an unprecedented surge in applicants and is currently at capacity. If you’d like to learn more, send an email to education@ufcw.org.

Organize your workplace

Are you and your coworkers ready to negotiate together for bigger paychecks, stronger benefits and better lives? If you are, the steps to joining the UFCW are simple.

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