AFT Scholarship

AFT National is happy to announce the opening of the 2017 Porter Scholars Program. There are two great opportunities for our members and their dependents. There is a one-time grant being awarded to ten members in the amount of $1,000 each and four $8,000 scholarships for high school seniors who are dependents of active members in good standing. To access the online application and read more about eligibility, please visit http://www.aft.org/ about/member-benefits/ scholarships. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2017.

2017 Union Plus® Scholarship Program

New and returning applicants:  Click here to create a new application or to login.
Logged in users:   click on “Continue with Application” link.
Application deadline:  12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time), Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4 million to students of union families. Over 2,700 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

This program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege.

The Union Plus Education Foundation is funded in part by donations from Capital One N.A., the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.)

Award amounts:  $500 to $4,000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2017.  Students may re-apply each year.

Award date:  May 31, 2017. During the first week of June 2017 award recipients will be notified by postal mail, and all applicants will be sent email notification.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (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, 2017.
  • 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, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued.  Awards must be used for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.
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