A variety of union scholarships are available to AFSCME members, their children, and grandchildren of RPEP (Retired Public Employees of Pennsylvania) members. Included are the following:
A total of 48 $500 undergraduate scholarships are awarded each year to the children and grandchildren of AFSCME members (and retirees) in good standing. The top four of the 48 are selected to receive an additional $1,000. One additional $500 scholarship is awarded to a graduate student.
Ten $2,000 annual scholarships are awarded for up to four years to high school seniors whose parent, legal guardian or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member. Students must be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution.
Union Plus offers awards from $500 to $4,000 to union members, their spouses, and their children who have been accepted to college, community college, or trade school. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent) is required.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO offers a $2,000 award to first place, $1,000 to second place, and $500 to third place in their annual scholarship essay contest for graduating high school seniors and post-secondary students from affiliated union families.