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Scholarships Available to
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Select a specific union to view a list of the scholarships they offer. Click on the name of a specific scholarship to visit the scholarship's website.



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Many labor unions offer scholarships to their members and the immediate family of their members. While they are generally restricted to the union's members, we are happy to provide more information about those scholarships here.

Please contact local labor unions directly for more information about the scholarships they offer, including upcoming deadlines.

If you know of a union-offered scholarship that is not listed below, please let us know at 206-543-7946, or by e-mail at hbcls@washington.edu.





International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM)

IAM Machinists Union Scholarship

Since 1960, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has had a scholarship competition to provide educational resources to members and children of members that represent the essence of volunteerism and community service that the IAM strives to uphold.

  • Amount: $2,000 if a member of IAM, $1,000 to children of members
  • Restrictions: Must be enrolled in a four year bachelor's degree program or a two year vocational/technical certification
  • Is renewable up to four years or until bachelor's degree is obtained
  • Must be a high school senior or older
  • Must plan to be a full-time student and maintain satisfactory grades
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.goiam.org/iamscholarship

International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Teamsters Local 174 George Cavano Annual Scholarship

Teamsters Local 174 offers this scholarship in memorial of George Cavano, a prominent and outspoken leader of Local 174 from about 1952 to 1975.

  • Amount: Scholarships ranging from $500-$2500, depending on the cost of the program recipient is enrolled in
  • Restrictions: Must be a child, grandchild, or legal dependent of a Teamster with at least twelve months of good standing in Local 174
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit http://teamsters174.net/scholarships/

Teamsters Retiree Club Scholarship

The Teamsters Retiree Club established this scholarship to aid active and retired members and family of members in pursuit of higher education.

  • Restrictions: Must be the child, step-child, or grandchild of a Teamster from Locals #38, #66, #117, #174, #227, or #763 who has been in good standing for at least one year or one year preceding retirement
  • Must be planning to attend a college, university, or vocational school anywhere in the United States in the fall.

Teamsters Local 117 Solidarity Scholarship

This scholarship is meant to help members looking to enhance their education through English language proficiency, GED acquirement, or various other certifications and educational opportunities.

  • Restrictions: Must be an active member of Teamsters Local 117
  • Must be planning to attend a college, university, or vocational school anywhere in the United States in the fall.

Teamsters Local 117 Jeff Alfieri Scholarship

This scholarship works to promote the education of member's children who have outstanding academic scholarship. It was created honoring Jeff Alfieri, a business representative for Local 117 for 10 years.

  • Amount: Award of up to $2,000
  • Restrictions: Must be the child of an active member of Teamsters Local 117
  • Must be planning to attend a college, university, or vocational school anywhere in the United States in the fall.

Cheryl Johnson ITWC (International Teamster Women's Caucus) Scholarship

The International Teamster Women's Caucus was established in 1991 to promote women's involvement in the union. Cheryl Johnson, president of the ITWC, has been instrumental in the progress of the caucus and this scholarship.

  • Amount: Two scholarships not exceeding $500 to each high school senior
  • Restrictions: Must be the child of a Teamster with at least one year of good standing membership
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Must be planning to attend an accredited college, university, trade or business school
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit http://teamsters174.net/scholarships/

James R. Hoffa Memorial Scholarship

James R. Hoffa was General President of the Teamsters for 14 years and was honored as General President Emeritus for life. This scholarship was created to continue his legacy as a labor advocate.

  • Amount: Ranges from a one-time grant of $1000 to $10,000 over four years.
  • Restrictions: Must be a child or grandchild of a Teamster with at least one year of good standing membership in their union
  • Must be a high school senior
  • Must be in the top 15% of his/her class
  • Must be planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university. Non-academic or certificate programs and community colleges do not qualify.
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit teamsters.org


Professional & Technical Employees (PTE)

Local 17 Professional & Technical Employees Scholarship Program

This scholarship was created to promote the education of members or recent members of Local 17 Professional & Technical Employees as well as their families.

  • Amount: One $3,000 scholarship to the child or grandchild of an active member planning to enroll in a college, university, or technical institute
  • Restrictions: Must be a high school senior
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.pte17.org or contact union@pte.org.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

SEIU Lottery Scholarship

These scholarships were created to ease the financial burden of higher educational institutions for SEIU 925 members and their families.

  • Amount: $1,000-$1,500, non-renewable
  • Restrictions: Must graduate from high school or a GED program and be planning to attend an accredited college, trade, or technical school.
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.seiu.org

Moe Foner Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts

Named after the artistic founder of SEIU 1199 Bread and Roses Cultural Project Moe Foner, this scholarship serves to provide financial assistance towards students pursuing the visual or performing arts.

  • Amount: $5,000, non-renewable
  • Restrictions: Must be attending a two or four year college, university, community college, technical or trade school for an arts-related field, particularly the visual and performing arts.
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.seiu.org

Jesse Jackson Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student whose passions and efforts are reminiscent of Rev. Jesse Jackson.

  • Amount: $5,000, renewable up to four years
  • Restrictions: Must be attending a two or four year college, university, or community college and show a commitment to social and economic justice. By accepting this scholarship the student also agrees to participate in some paid or course credit internship or work experience in social change.
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.seiu.org

The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship

This scholarship was made to support members of SEIU and their families attending the National Labor College.

  • Amount: $500-$1,000, non-renewable
  • Restrictions: Must be accepted into the National Labor College's Bachelor of Arts program and be fully matriculated.
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.seiu.org

Nora Piore Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor the late Nora Piore, a public healthcare pioneer who worked in many facets of labor to change public health in the United States.


Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE)

WFSE/AFSCME Althea Lute Scholarship

This scholarship was created in memorial of Althea Lute, active labor advocate and former AFSCME Statewide Vice President who passed away in 2011.

  • Amount: $5,000 scholarship
  • Restrictions: Must be a WFSE/AFSCME member or an immediate family member enrolled or planning to enroll in a public college or university in Washington State
  • Must have satisfactory academics, be in need of financial assistance, and have community service experience
  • Must provide an official transcript of high school, vocational school, or college
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.wfseunionnew.unionactive.com

WFSE/AFSCME Norm Schut Scholarship

The Norm Schut scholarship was conceived as a dedication to Norm Schut, longtime labor unionist and political activist with WFSE.

  • Amount: Three $1,000 scholarships available to members, spouses, and children of members to pursue higher education at an accredited vocational school, college, or university
  • Restrictions: Must have satisfactory academic performance and be in need of financial assistance
  • For more information and current deadlines, contact 1-800-562-6002 or (360) 352-7603 or visit www.wfseunionnew.unionactive.com

Younglove & Coker Scholarship

This scholarship is possible because of a generous grant from Younglove & Coker PLLC, who represent WFSE statewide.

  • Amount: One $2,500 scholarship available to members, spouses, and children of members to pursue higher education at an accredited vocational school, college, or university
  • Restrictions: Must have satisfactory academic performance and be in need of financial assistance
  • For more information and current deadlines, contact 1-800-562-6002 or (360) 352-7603 or visit www.wfseunionnew.unionactive.com

AFSCME Family Scholarship

The AFSCME Family scholarship exists to provide financial support to families of AFSCME members in pursuit of secondary education.

  • Amount: Ten $2,000 scholarships for high school seniors, renewable up to 4 years
  • Restrictions: Must be a graduating high school senior
  • Must be a child or financially dependent grandchild of an AFSCME member
  • For more information and current deadlines, visit www.afscme.org/members/scholarships/afscme-family-scholarship

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was created in 1990 to honor Jerry Clark, longtime Director of the International union's Political Action Department.

  • Amount: Two $5,000 scholarships awarded annually to a student majoring in social science in his or her junior or senior years of study
  • Restrictions: Must provide proof of parent, legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent's AFSCME membership (copy of membership card)
  • Must have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • For more information and current deadlines, call 1-202-429-1250, 1-800-562-6002, or TTY 1-800-318-2174, visit www.afscme.org, or email education@afscme.org