Scholarship Info

THE AFSCME FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Looking for financial support for college?  Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

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ALTHEA LUTE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

This $5,000 scholarship is available to eligible members or members of their families to pursue studies in a degree program at a public college or university in Washington State.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must:

  • be a WFSE/AFSCME member who has been a member for at least one year prior to application OR an immediate family member (including domestic partners) of a WFSE/AFSCME member who has been a member for at least one year prior to application.
  • be a graduating senior, or a high school graduate (GED accepted) from an accredited public or private high school.
  • have a satisfactory scholastic standing.
  • be in need of financial assistance.
  • have participated in community service.

RULES AND PROCESS:

Rules governing recipient award and use of funds:

  1. Recipient must provide evidence of acceptance into a degree program at a Public College or University in Washington State of his or her choice during the academic year following the award.
  2. Recipient must provide official transcript(s) of high school or vocational school or college.
  3. The $5,000 award may be drawn on by the student for registration fees, books and incidental direct costs to education upon submission of receipts. Any balance at the end of the first academic year following the award will be available to recipient on entering school the second year, conditional upon maintenance of satisfactory standing.
    The WFSE/Council 28 AFSCME Workforce Diversity Committee will evaluate the applications and determine the recipient of the award no later than August of each year. The decision of the Committee will be final.

DEADLINE:  Fully completed applications must be received by 5 p.m., July 31st.

TO APPLYdownload, print and complete the application form – then mail to the Workforce Diversity Committee, c/o WFSE HQ, 1212 Jefferson Street SE #300, Olympia WA 98501.

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GERALD W. MCENTEE SCHOLARSHIP

AFSCME members are eligible to apply for the Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship. Awarded in honor of former AFSCME Pres. Jerry McEntee, the $5,000 scholarship will go to the candidate who best exemplifies President McEntee’s commitment to strengthening our union through organizing, building political power for working families, defending workers’ rights, and supporting public services. President McEntee served at the helm of AFSCME for 31 years and grew our union to 1.6 million members while helping defeat efforts to privatize Social Security and change Medicare.

The Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship will be awarded annually to an AFSCME member for use towards higher education expenses. It is a one time scholarship and may not be awarded twice to the same member.

How to Apply

  1. Applicants must first apply for the Union Plus Scholarship here.  (The Union Plus Scholarship application also serves as the application for the Gerald W. McEntee  scholarship). Applications must be completed online here.
  2. In the essay portion of the application members will be asked to write an additional essay for the McEntee scholarship. Answer “yes” to the question, “Are you an AFSCME member?” Members will be asked to write an essay of no more than 500 words  describing their commitment to the work led by President McEntee in areas such as new organizing, political power for working people, and support for public services.

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

*Union Plus Scholarship awards range from $500 to $4,000.

Application period opens June 15th and closes January 31st. Winners announced May 31st.

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NEVILLE B. CRIPPEN GRANT-IN-AID AWARDS

This quarterly award was established to help members advance their education or improve skills.

NO DEADLINE: Submit your application at least 30 days before the start-date of the course.

To apply, print the application form and return to the Women’s/Equal Partners Committee, c/o WFSE HQ, 1212 Jefferson St SE, Suite 300, Olympia WA 98501.

For more information: 1-800-562-6002.

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NORM SCHUT SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Three $1,000 Norm Schut Scholarships are available. They allow eligible members or members of their families to pursue studies at an accredited vocational school, college or university. One of the awards is earmarked specifically for an active member; the other two are open for members, their spouses and their children.

The scholarship is named after Norm Schut, WFSE/AFSCME’s first executive director, who served from 1952 to 1974.

ELIGIBILIY:

The applicant must:

  • be a WFSE/AFSCME member (or non-association fee payer covered by the provisions of RCW 41.80.100 (2)) who has been a member for at least six months prior to application OR an immediate family member (including domestic partners) of a WFSE/AFSCME member (or non-association fee payer covered by the provisions of RCW 41.80.100 (2)) who has been a member for at least six months prior to application.
  • be a graduating senior, or a high school graduate (GED accepted) from an accredited public or private high school.
  • be in need of financial assistance.

RULES AND PROCESS:

Rules governing recipient award and use of funds:

  1. Recipient must agree to enroll in an accredited vocational school, college or university of his or her choice during the academic year following the award.
  2. Recipient must provide official transcript(s) of high school or vocational school or college (must be sealed).
  3. The $1,000 award may be drawn on by the student for registration fees, books and incidental direct costs to education upon submission of receipts. Any balance at the end of the first academic year following the award will be available to recipient on entering school the second year, conditional upon maintenance of satisfactory standing.

The WFSE/Council 28 AFSCME Women’s/Equal Partners Committee will evaluate the applications and determine the recipient of the award no later than August of each year. The decision of the Committee will be final.

DEADLINE:  Fully completed applications must be received by 5 p.m., April 30th.

TO APPLYdownload, print and complete the application form then mail to the Women’s/Equal Partners Committee, c/o WFSE HQ, 1212 Jefferson Street SE #300, Olympia WA 98501.

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SUMMER SCHOOL FOR TRADE UNION SCHOLARSHIP

Application deadline: May 18, 2018.

AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) offers two scholarships each year to the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women for our members.  

The Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is a program of the United Association for Labor Education. It brings together 150 diverse, dynamic activists from more than 50 unions, worker centers and community organizations in the western region of the United States and Canada for five days and four nights. Participants develop and deepen organizing skills, train for becoming leaders in their unions and grapple with big picture issues that the labor movement is facing. This is a rare opportunity for rank and file members, elected leaders and staff to explore issues that affect women in the workplace and in their communities. SIUW creates lasting bonds; experienced leaders serve as mentors and role models, and younger leaders provide fresh perspectives and inspiration. This summer the Institute for will be held at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, Calif. (one hour north of San Francisco) from July 10-14, 2018.

The scholarships cover the costs for registration (which includes housing and most meals) and travel. The AFSCME Council 28 (WFSE) Scholarship Committee will award one scholarship to a member from Western Washington and one from Eastern Washington. 

To apply, please fill out the APPLICATION FORM in full and return to WFSE/AFSCME Scholarship Committee, 1212 Jefferson St. S.E., Suite 300, Olympia, WA 98501 or FAX to (360) 352-7608 by 5:00 p.m. May 18, 2018. The application form is to the right or can be found online at http://wfse.org/summer-institute-union-women-scholarship/ For questions on the scholarship, call 1-800-562-6002.

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UNION PLUS EDUCATION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

The Union Plus Scholarship is awarded annually to AFSCME members and their familes.?Current and retired members, their spouses, and dependent children (including foster children, step children and any other child for whom the individual member provides greater than 50% of his or her support) are eligible.  Graduate students are now eligible.

The amount of the award ranges between $500.00 and $4000.00.  This is a one-time cash awardsent to individual winners for undergraduate study beginning in the fall of the same year.

By the time the award is issued, applicants must:

  • Be accepted into an accredited college or community college or a recognized technical or trade school.
  • Submit their high school, college, or trade school transcript.  Applicants who have taken the SAT or ACT must provide their exam score.
  • Provide one personal reference, a verification of AFSCME membership and an essay of 500 words on the applicant’s personal interests and aspirations, as well as an explanation as to why he or she is deservig of a union scholarship.

DEADLINE:  January 31

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YOUNGLOVE & COKER SCHOLARSHIP

The $2,500 Younglove & Coker Scholarship is available to eligible members or members of their families to pursue studies at an accredited vocational school, college or university. This scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the law firm of Younglove & Coker, WFSE/AFSCME’s attorneys.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicants must:

  • be a WFSE/AFSCME who has been a member for at least one year prior to application OR an immediate family member (including domestic partners) of a WFSE/AFSCME who has been a member for at least one year prior to application.
  • be a graduating senior, or a high school graduate (GED accepted) from an accredited public or private high school.
  • have a satisfactory scholastic standing.
  • be in need of financial assistance.

RULES AND PROCESS:

Rules governing recipient award and use of funds:

  1. Recipient must agree to enroll in an accredited vocational school, college or university of his or her choice during the academic year following the award.
  2. Recipient must provide official transcript(s) of high school or vocational school or college (must be sealed).
  3. The $2,500 award may be drawn on by the student for registration fees, books and incidental direct costs to education upon submission of receipts. Any balance at the end of the first academic year following the award will be available to recipient on entering school the second year, conditional upon maintenance of satisfactory standing.

The WFSE/Council 28 AFSCME Women’s/Equal Partners Committee will evaluate the applications and determine the recipient of the award no later than August of each year. The decision of the Committee will be final.

DEADLINE:  Fully completed applications must be received by 5pm on April 30th.

TO APPLY, download, print and complete the application form and mail to the Women’s/Equal Partners Committee, c/o WFSE HQ, 1212 Jefferson Street SE #300, Olympia WA 98501.

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OTHER AFSCME SCHOLARSHIPS