2017 Scholarships

Fulfill Your College Goals

College goals can be expensive. SEIU Local 521, APALA and Union Plus award yearly college scholarship opportunities that enable members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools. Applications are now closed; come back next year.

Union Plus offers education discounts, education financing and student loans:

SEIU Local 521 Scholarship

Membership must be for three continuous years as of September 1, 2017. Graduate students are not eligible. All scholarships must be for the academic year(s) awarded. Scholarships will be granted without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. Officers and employees of the International Union and their children are not eligible. Scholarships are limited to one per household.

Clarence Dodge Scholarship
This scholarship is named after Legacy SEIU Local 715’s first president, Clarence Dodge, and provides 10 winners with $1,500 each for their first year of study.

The application is now closed. Come back next year.

For more information about the SEIU Local 521 Clarence Dodge scholarship, please email scholarship@seiu521.org.

NOTE: We do not have the Keith Garvey scholarship at this time. 

Print and distribute flyer about scholarship opportunities (PDF).

APALA Scholarship

This application is now closed. Come back next year.

Applications are available starting February 24, 2017.  Applications with essay must be received in the union office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11, 2017.  SEIU Local 521, 5228 E. Pine Ave., Fresno, CA 93727

Click here to view or print program and application: APALA Scholarship Program and Application 2017 (PDF)

APALA and unions help working families fulfill their dreams. These scholarships will help assist SEIU 521/APALA members and/or their children in pursuing their educational goals. APALA is hoping that the winners of the scholarships will be involved in the labor movement and partake in some classes in the labor study programs that the colleges have to offer.  Our mission is to improve lives in our community.

Winners will be announced at our annual APALA Caucus Heritage event on Saturday, May 13.

General Eligibility Criteria

  • APALA Scholarships are open to SEIU 521 APALA Caucus members and/or their children.
  • Must be a member in good standing.
  • GPA of 2.50 and above.
  • Should be of Asian decent.
  • Be willing to help promote social and economic justice.
  • Must attend an accredited university, community college, trade or technical school.

Scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability of any person.  Scholarship award is limited to one household.

Due with the submittal of the application is a 500 word autobiography essay containing:

  • A brief description of yourself and your future goals.
  • Why you want to further your education by attending an accredited university, community college, trade or technical school.
  • Your goals entering into college and your goals after college.
  • What is your take on the labor movement and social and economic justice?

Union Plus

The application is now closed. Check back in mid-June for next year’s application.

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. 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.

Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2017. Students may re-apply each year.
More information and application.

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