The Union Plus Scholarship Program application for study courses beginning in the Fall of 2022 is now available at www.unionplus.org/scholarships. The Program awards annual scholarships to eligible union members, current and retired, their spouses and dependent children. The recipients are chosen based on outstanding academic achievement, personal character, financial need and commitment to organized labor values.
The program provides for one-time cash grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 to eligible undergraduates and graduates attending a U.S. accredited university, college or community college, or a recognized trade or technical school. Students may re-apply each year.
The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered by the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Cards. Applicants are not required to have a Union Plus credit card or participate in any other Union Plus programs to apply. Since 1991, the Union Plus Education Foundation has awarded over $5 million in scholarships to more than 3,400 students of working families.
Applying for the Union Plus scholarship is entirely online. Please visit Union Plus’s website at www.unionplus.org/scholarships for additional details and all other requirements.
Applicants should log on and complete their online application by visiting https://1unionplusscholars.communityforce.com/login.aspx. A brief overview of the program is attached, but it should be noted that the deadline for submitting the completed 2022 application is Friday, January 31, 2022, 12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time). The award winners will be notified in June, 2022.
In addition to furnishing personal and union membership information (verification of union membership required), applicants are requested to provide educational background and employment details, a letter of reference, scholarship essays, and estimated financial needs. Applicants should review all criteria carefully as some of the requirements may have changed from prior years:
Another opportunity to receive awarded scholarship funds is through the Union Plus Isaiah’s Award, to honor the life of a child who was in the foster care system. Applicants for Isaiah’s Award must have a special connection to the foster care system, and to submit a separate essay. The Isaiah’s Award is separate from the Union Plus scholarship so, if appropriate, applicants should complete both sections on the online application.
Finally, in addition scholarship programs, Union Plus’s Free College Benefit Program makes it possible for union members and their family members to earn an associate degree or bachelor’s degree tuition at no cost – for free. To learn more about these programs, members may visit https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education or for additional fields of study go to https://freecollege.goiam.org/. Fees may apply for required textbooks and potential background checks.
All TCU/IAM members should be aware of these member only College and Scholarship Programs, available to members and their family members, and the many other member only benefits available, including but not limited to hardship grants, Mortgage Program, Credit Card Program, AT&T discounts, Pet Insurance discounts and more at www.unionplus.org. Should you have any questions about this or any other Union Plus Program, please contact the TCU/IAM Social Services Department at 301-840-8746.