Union Plus Scholarship 2023

The Union Plus Scholarship 2023 program is a scholarship opportunity available to members of participating unions, including the AFL-CIO.

The scholarships are awarded to union members, their spouses, and dependent children who are pursuing higher education.

The Union Plus Scholarship 2023 program is administered by the Union Plus Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization.

The scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria, including academic achievement, financial need, and the applicant’s commitment to community service and activism.

Union Plus Scholarship 2023


Eligibility And Award

The Union Plus Scholarship 2023 amounts: $500 to $4,000

Award date: May 31, 2023

Notification: Recipients notified by postal mail in the first week of June 2023, all applicants receive email notification


Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses, and dependent children

One year of continuous union membership by the applicant, spouse, or parent (if applicant is a dependent) by May 31, 2023

Members from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada eligible

Awards must be used for the 2023-2024 school year

Open to undergraduate and graduate students

Eligible purposes for the Union Plus Scholarship:

  1. Tuition Support
  2. Study Abroad
  3. Language Study
  4. Internship/Work
  5. Project
  6. Community or Public Service
  7. Research
  8. Dissertation Support

Requirements For Union Plus Scholarship 2023

Information and requirements include:

1.One letter of reference from a teacher or other adult familiar with your achievements and abilities.

2.Two essays, each approximately 350 words:

a. Essay 1: Choose one of the following questions:

– Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what                    did you learn from the experience?

-Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a                     surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

b. Essay 2: Describe your relationship with the union and the labor movement.

Explain how it has personally affected your life and your family’s life.

3.Union information:

    • National or international union name
    • Local union number
    • Local union’s address and phone number
    • Name of the local union President or Business Manager
    • Provide this information for your union, your spouse’s union, or your parent’s union (if you are a dependent). If affiliated with multiple unions, list the information for all.

Remember to include the necessary details and accurately complete the application according to the specific guidelines provided by the Union Plus Scholarship program.

Cover Period And Renewability

Award details:

Issued in June 2024

Applies to the 2024-2025 school year

Must be accepted into an:

  • Accredited college,
  • University,
  • Community college,
  • Recognized technical/trade school at the time of award issuance

Notification process:

Awards announced by mail in the first week of June

Non-responsive recipients contacted by phone

Applicants to be notified by email when the award list is posted

Scholarship eligibility:

Applicable for any year of study, from freshman to graduate school (including law and medical school)

Application deadline is by 11:59 p.m. (midnight, ET) on Thursday, January 31, 2024