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Union Plus® Scholarship Program


Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families. Over 2,100 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.


The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege.  Your union membership also entitles you to a family of Union Plus benefits including College Test Prep Discounts, Education Rebates, National Labor College Scholarships, AT&T Wireless Discounts, Budget Truck Rental Discounts and much more.  See a full list of your Union Plus benefits here.


The Union Plus Education Foundation is funded in part by donations from HSBC Credit Card Services, Inc., the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card.  (You do not need to be Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply.)

Application Deadline:  A complete application must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday January 31, 2012.  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts:  Amounts range from $500 to $4000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the fall of 2012.  Students may re-apply each year.

Award Date:  The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of the scholarship by May 31, 2012.  Recipients are notified by mail during the first two weeks of June 2012.  Due to the volume of applications we can only notify award recipients.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • This is a competitive scholarship, and applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

  • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations).  At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent).  The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2012.

  • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.

  • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college or university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2012 - 2013 school year.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

  • Scholarship applications are judged by a committee of impartial post secondary educators.