Scholarship Opportunities for Union Families

Dear Colleagues,
There are still several union scholarship opportunities available for you and your family members, but deadlines are fast approaching!

Here is what one of our members had to say about last year’s program:

My son, Chase Morrin, is the recipient of the highest level scholarship from Union Plus (representing AFT) for the 2012-2013 academic school year (out of a pool of 6,000 applicants nationwide). Both Union Plus and AFT sent him really nice congratulatory letters. The students fill out applications and write an essay on what the union means and/or has done for them. Chase’s scholarship will be used for his sophomore year at Harvard. His letter of recommendation was written by Ken Ard (adjunct piano faculty at Grossmont College).

The 2013-2014 application is available and due January 31.

I hope other AFT members will apply. I am going to encourage Chase to apply for another union sponsored scholarship to help his junior year, 2013-2014.

Cindy Morrin
Associate Professor, Counseling
Cuyamaca College

Scholarship opportunities still available:

Union Plus Scholarship Program
The AFL-CIO offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $4000 to union members, their spouses, and their dependents who are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education. Scholarships are also available to graduate students. Application deadline: January 31. Learn more from Union Plus.

Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program
The AFT awards four $8000 scholarships to high school seniors who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 20 continuing education grants of $1000 to AFT members. Application deadline: March 31. To learn more, email, phone (800) 238-1133 extension 4457, or go to the members-only section of the AFT Web site.

New options! National Labor College Scholarship Program
The AFL-CIO awards scholarships to eligible members or union staffers wanting to complete a degree in Labor Studies through the National Labor College. Scholarships are now available for three new online degree programs. Check out Union Plus.

The John Lyons Memorial Foundation in conjunction with San Diego’s Labor Education Fund is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Scholarship for children of Union Members. The $5,500 award is to help high school seniors continue their education. Funding will be awarded over a four year period to students who continue to meet scholarship standards. Applicants must apply by January 31, 2013. Information can be found online at

The CFT offers Raoul Teilhet scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1000.
Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice. Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education. Students who received scholarships as seniors are not eligible for another scholarship during college.

For Continuing College Students
Deadline to submit applications: July 1