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Apply for the 2020 Union Plus Scholarship

January 8, 2020 Updated: September 8, 2020

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.5 million to students of union families. Over 3,000 union families have benefited from the program. 

Application deadline:  12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time), Friday, January 31, 2020

This program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege.

Award amounts:  $500 to $4,000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2020.  Students may re-apply each year.


Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31 of the scholarship year. See more details on eligibility in the tab below.

Evaluation Criteria

This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.

Award date:  May 31, 2020. During the first week of June 2020 award recipients will be notified by postal mail, and all applicants will be sent email notification.

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