College and Vocational Training Scholarships

January 2, 2019 - CLDC LMCC LECET

College and Vocational Training Scholarships Available for Union Members & Dependents

One of the many benefits of union membership is access to exclusive programs such as educational scholarships. The 2019 academic year will be starting soon so we want our members to know about the scholarship programs available to union members and their dependents offered by Union Plus, The Chicago Federation of Labor, and CISCO. Members can find more information about each program on their listed web pages below. These deadlines will be here before we know it so act fast.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program – Application Deadline is January 31, 2019
Union Plus offers competitive scholarship awards ranging from $500 to $4,000, as one-time cash awards to current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). Students may re-apply each year.

Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.

A complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

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William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship, Chicago Federation of Labor – Application deadline is February 13, 2019
Ten scholarships are awarded to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each to members or the children of members in good standing with a Chicago Federation of Labor-affiliated union. The funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

The applicant must choose to enter either the Random Drawing or Academic Competition for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship. We recommend that students with less than a 3.8 GPA enter the Random drawing. Students are not eligible to enter both categories. APPLICANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER BOTH CATEGORIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Only completed applications, with the personal essay, will be accepted. Completed applications must be received by the Chicago Federation of Labor by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

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CISCO, Construction Industry Service Corporation – Application deadline is February 22, 2019
CISCO offers three categories of scholarships which enable a wider range of students of both union building trade members and union contractor employees to apply.

CISCO offers (3), four-year scholarships to high school seniors; (2), two-year awards for seniors planning on attending a community college; and (2), two-year continuing education awards to union members or contractor employees.

All applications and accompanying documents must be postmarked by February 22, 2019.

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