2023 IAM Scholarship Competition

The 2023 IAM Scholarship Competition


This scholarship competition is open each year to members of the IAM and their children throughout the United States and Canada under the procedures and rules of eligibility explained in this Announcement. The IAM Scholarship Fund, which is used exclusively to make possible these awards, was established by the delegates of the 1960 IAM Grand Lodge Convention.

The Scholarship Competition 
Scholarships to make possible the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification are determined in a competition among eligible applicants that is judged by a special Selection Committee.

Amount of the Awards
Awards to members are $2,000 per academic year being disbursed for two years (max of $4000.00). They are granted for a specific period from one to four years to enable the member to earn a Bachelor’s degree or a two-year vocational/technical certification.

Awards to Children of Members are College — $1,000 per academic year. All awards are renewed each year until a Bachelor’s degree is obtained up to a maximum of four years. Vocational/Technical School — $2,000 per year until certification is reached up to a maximum of two years.


An Eligible Applicant Must Be Either —

  • An active IAM member
  • the son, daughter, stepchild, or legally adopted child of an active IAM member; or
  • the son, daughter, stepchild, or legally adopted child of an active retired IAM member

A Member Applicant –

  • must have two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of the competition which is February 10, 2023;
  • may apply either when entering college or vocational/technical school as a freshman or at a higher level with some college credits already completed;
  • may apply as a full-time or part-time student; and
  • if not a winner, may apply again the following year.

Child of a Member Applicant –

  • must have one living parent with two years of continuous good-standing membership through the closing date of February 10, 2023;
  • will be eligible if the parent member died after the son or daughter entered high school, and the parent had two years of “continuous good-standing membership” at the time of death;
  • A “continuous good-standing membership” is understood to be a period of membership during which the member continuously paid full monthly dues uninterrupted by withdrawal cards;
  • must be planning to graduate high school during the winter or by the end of the spring 2023 school year 
  • must plan to take a regular college or vocational/technical program on a full-time basis, maintaining qualifying grades.

Ineligible Applicants Include –

  • applicants who do not intend to work without interruption for a bachelor’s degree or completion of a vocational/technical school certification;
  • members’ children who are attending or have already attended college or vocational/technical school;
  • children of members on the payroll of the Grand Lodge,
  • graduate students; and
  • applicants who do not plan to enroll in an accredited college or vocational/technical school


Online (coming soon) or via mail with the forms below.

There are three different Application Packets. Please choose the appropriate link below to apply for an IAM Scholarship. The Application Packet must be completed and postmarked by February 10, 2023, and received no later than February 24, 2023.

  1. Children of members (college) – French 
  2. Children of members (college) -English
  3. Members (college/technical school) -English 
  4. Children of members (vocational/technical school) -French
  5. Children of members (vocational/technical school) -English

To be valid, an application must be submitted on the appropriate form. If you do not qualify under the above requirements, please do not send an application. No exceptions can be made to the rules. Application Packets for the 2023 competition may also be obtained by calling our scholarship department at 301-967-4708 or by emailing asumner@iamaw.org.

Application packets postmarked later than February 10, 2023, and/or received later than February 24, 2023, will NOT be acknowledged or considered. No exceptions will be permitted even if a third party is responsible for the delay. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CALLS REGARDING APPLICATION STATUS.

IMPORTANT: Complete the application and MAIL TO:
IAM Scholarship Program
9000 Machinists Place, Room 204
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-2687

All Scholarship Applicants are advised –

  • to obtain guidance from their high school teachers and counselors in pursuing a college education or for attending vocational/technical school;
  • not to wait until awards are announced before making other plans for financing a college education;
  • to apply early for scholarships or awards from several other sources; and
  • to make early applications for admission to at least three colleges.

The Selection Committee
Award recipients will be chosen by an independent Selection Committee composed of educators from the US and Canada.

The Selection Procedure
The Committee attempts to select from each IAM territory applicants who have demonstrated learning ability and all-around suitability for college work or for attending vocational/technical school. In reaching this determination, many factors are taken into consideration, including: grades, attitude toward study, personal references, available test scores, the opinion of counselors and teachers and activities outside of school. For member applicants, weight is given to participation in local lodge responsibilities. Canadian students are judged according to Canadian scholastic standards. The IAM scholarship winners and honorable mentions will be announced in the summer of 2023 on the IAM website.

All Award Recipients –

  • are responsible for obtaining admission to the college or vocational/technical school of the student’s choice;
  • must take a course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent if attending college or the required courses for vocational/technical school; and
  • may attend a two-year accredited college and transfer for the last two years.**

The Sponsoring Member and Member Applicants –

  • must maintain continuous good-standing membership throughout the life of the award or have been issued an honorary withdrawal card due to a lay-off, plant closing or retirement after the scholarship has been awarded.

** For college scholarship recipients only.


When proper notification is submitted to the Scholarship Committee, the following may be approved: If the recipient enlists in the military, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than three years.

If the recipient enters the Peace Corps, the award will be held in reserve for a period no longer than two years.

The recipient must apply for reinstatement of the scholarship within three months after discharge from the military service or Peace Corps and must enroll in college.
A request for a temporary suspension for academic reasons may be granted for a period not exceeding one year.

In the case of illness or accident, the award may be held in reserve for a period not to exceed two years. The student would be expected to resume college or vocational/technical work as soon as possible.

The IAM will set aside the total amount in the Scholarship Fund necessary to finance the student through the period of the award. The Program was established in the confident expectation that it will remain indefinitely, as long as donations continue. If unforeseen circumstances should cause the Program to be discontinued, scholarships in effect would be continued for their duration, and all money remaining in the Fund would be used solely for educational purposes.


Union Plus Credit Card Scholarships.

Send a postcard with your name, return address, telephone number, and union to: Union Plus Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 34800, Wash., DC 20043-4800 or download the application from the Union Privilege website in early September: www.unionplus.org/scholarships.

AFL-CIO’s Scholarship Guide.

The website is www.aflcio.org for links to all unions and Federally-funded scholarship programs.

Federal Student Aid Information Center.

Call 1-800-433-3243 for a free copy of “The Student Guide.” The website is www.StudentAid.ed.gov then link to publications or www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Vocational-Technical Information.

The website is: http://www.trade-schools.net for information

on Vo-tech schools in the U.S. and Canada or www.accsct.org

for an alternate U.S. site.

IAM Free College Program:  (888-590-9009) https://freecollege.goiam.org/

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