I could say college isn’t cheap, but that’s an understatement. For many of us, it simply isn’t affordable. Whether struggling to scrape up enough money to get started, or contemplating piling on the student loan debt, we could all use help.
Here’s a bit of potential relief for union familities. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 year. Current and retired members of a participating union, along with spouses and dependents, are eligible. This includes members of the National Writer’s Union. At least one member of our chapter has received a scholarship in the past.
This is a competitive scholarship, so applying does not necessarily mean you will get a scholarship. But if you do, amounts range from $500 to $4,000. Applicants must also have at least one year of continuous membership by May 31, 2018.
A committee of post-secondary educators will judge applicants based on academic ability, social awareness, appreciation of labor, and financial need. A 3.0 GPA is recommended, though the required essays can account for up to half of your score.
The Union Plus Scholarship Program has aided 2,800 families since its inception in 1991. More than $4.2 million has gone out to students, with $150,000 awarded in 2017.
Applications are due by 12:00 p.m. EST on January 31, 2018. Students are able to re-apply every year. You can submit an application via the Union Plus website.