SEIU Scholarship Program

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Fulfill Your College Goals with an SEIU Scholarship

The 2013-2014 scholarship season is now closed. Please check back here mid-summer for the names of the winners.

Unions help working families fulfill their dreams in many different ways. At SEIU, this includes yearly college scholarship opportunities.

Through five different scholarship programs, SEIU awards 53 scholarships that enable SEIU members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.   (Download the brochure in: English | Spanish)
SEIU’s scholarships are open to SEIU members or their children. The Bonnie Ladin  Scholarship is also open to local union staff. To be eligible to apply for any SEIU scholarship, membership must be for three continuous years as of September 1, 2014. All awards must be for the academic year(s) awarded. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. Scholarship awards are limited to one per household.
Officers and employees of the International union and their children are not eligible. Graduate students are not eligible.
General Application Instructions

  • Applications are available starting December 2nd, 2013.
  • Applications should be filed online. Please see the individual scholarship information below for instructions. Applications can also be mailed to SEIU (name of scholarship), ISTS, 1321 Murfreesboro Road, Suite 800, Nashville, TN 37217.
  • Applications must be postmarked or filed online by midnight March 3rd, 2014.
  • Winners will be notified in late spring and announced on

Description of SEIU Scholarships
SEIU’S Lottery Scholarships 1,000 Scholarships (Renewable) (To apply online, go to Program Key: SEIU (for lottery)
There are 15 $1,000 scholarships available in annual installments for up to four years.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must graduate from a high school or GED program  by August 2013. They must be enrolled as a fulltime college student by the fall  semester of 2013 at an accredited, two-year or four year college, trade or technical school.
$1,500 Scholarships (Nonrenewable)   (To apply online, go to
There are 33 $1,500 scholarships; these are nonrenewable, one-time awards.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be returning full time to an accredited college or   university as a sophomore, junior or senior as of the fall semester of 2013; or attending an accredited community college, trade, or technical school as of the fall semester of 2013. Lottery scholarships are not awarded to the same person in two consecutive years.
Selection Process: Selection for both of the lottery scholarships is by a drawing of qualifying applicants. All applicants must read the 2012 Four Year Report and correctly answer all the questions on the SEIU lottery scholarship quiz and application to qualify for the drawing. The annual report is available only online at, under SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program.
SEIU Competitive Scholarships
Moe Foner Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts   (To apply online, go to Program Key: MF (for Moe Foner)
SEIU is proud to offer a scholarship that continues the life work of the late Moe Foner,  the founder of the SEIU 1199 Bread and Roses Cultural Project.   Foner used his energy  and imagination to tap into New York’s thriving artistic community and brought new resonance to union concerts, exhibits and publications. This is a one-time, $5,000 scholarship.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the Moe Foner Scholarship must be pursuing a  degree or training full time in the visual or performing arts. Scholarship funding  must be applied to tuition at a two-year or four year college, university, or an accredited community college, technical or trade school in an arts-related field.
J.J. Johnston Scholarship (To apply online, go to Program Key : JJ (for J.J. Johnston)
One $5,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of J.J. Johnson, former Local Union President of Local 617 in New Jersey and one of the founding members of SEIU’s African American Caucus, AFRAM.
Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the J.J. Johnston Scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to social and economic justice and agree to participate in some paid or course credit internship or work experience in social change during the four years they receive the scholarship. Scholarship funding must be applied toward tuition at a two-year or four-year accredited college, university or community college.
The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship The Bonnie Ladin scholarship is available for SEIU members, their children and local staff who are attending the National Labor College. Bonnie Ladin was an organizer at SEIU for 20 years and played an integral role in building SEIU to make it the union it has become. She held several key leadership roles at SEIU and joined the faculty of the National Labor College in 2001 where her courses on organizing tactics and leadership skills helped prepare the next generation of organizers.
In 2010, after a long battle with cancer, Bonnie passed away at the age of 59. In honor of her tremendous contributions to the labor movement, SEIU has created a scholarship in her name.
Eligibility Criteria: Members, their children and local staff who have been accepted into the NLC’s Bachelor of Arts program and are fully matriculated (which means they have earned or transferred 56 credits) are eligible to apply.
Please go to for more information and to apply.
The National Labor College The National Labor College (NLC) is the only college in the United States with an exclusive mission to serve the educational needs of the labor movement. It is a fully accredited, upperdegree completion program whose student body is made up of experienced, highly skilled working adults who have multiple commitments to family, job, union and community.
The NLC’s Bachelor of Arts program is an online program with minimal residency requirements, offers credit for prior training and experience, is 100 percent labor focused and is affordable. The college accepts up to 90 transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Transfer credits can come from a number of sources. For more information about the college, go to its website at
Nora Piore Scholarship This scholarship is closed and will re-open in 2014-2015. Program Key: NP (for Nora Piore)
This scholarship is in honor of the late Nora Poire. Born in 1921, Piore was a public  healthcare pioneer whose career spanned more than 60 years. Nora Piore worked as a union organizer, labor educator, college professor, healthcare economist and healthcare activist who changed the face of public health in the United States. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment by the family of Nora Piore. It is for $4,000 and is renewable for up to two years.

Did you know about the SEIU Scholarship Program? If you have been a member of SEIU for 3 years as of 9/1/2010, click here for more information about scholarships.  Also you are encouraged to talk with Earl about this.

Application deadline is March 1, 2010.  Please don’t wait until the last minute to apply!  It usually takes some time to prepare the application and gather required documentation.

Also, NH residents are eligible for a variety of scholarships administered by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.  For more information about those scholarships, click here.

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