Scholarships & College Programs

Fulfill Your College Goals

College goals can be expensive. SEIU International offers a free college program and affordable options with low-cost tuition for members and their families.

SEIU 521 and APALA 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.

Become a member today to enjoy these benefits, and more!


SEIU Local 521 Scholarship

2019 Ann Cervantes Scholarship

SEIU Local 521 awards this yearly college scholarship opportunity that enables members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools. The scholarship is named after Ann Cervantes, a former SEIU Local 521 community and political organizer who passed away in 2016. The scholarship recognizes Ann’s contributions to the labor movement and provides 10 winners with $1,500 each for their first year of study.

SEIU 521 union membership must be for one continuous year as of September 1, 2018. 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.

Scholarship Award Amounts: This scholarship provides 10 winners with a one-time cash award of $1,500 each for their first year of study.

Application Timeline: Applications must be received by April 30, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. Application forms may be downloaded by clicking here, by logging-in to MemberLink at members.seiu521.org (under “My Profile,” then “My Union Benefits”). For more information, email scholarship@seiu521.org or call Liane Mazzella at (559) 447-2574.

SEIU 521 Ann Cervantes Scholarship – Flyer

SEIU 521 Ann Cervantes Scholarship – 2019 Application


SEIU College Benefits

Free College Benefit

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Earn your College Associate Degree of Certificate online for free.

With the SEIU Free College Benefit, eligible SEIU members and their families can earn an Associate Degree or Certificate online without having to pay for tuition, fees or e-books. Find out more here.

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Making college affordable and convenient for every SEIU Member!

SEIU has partnered with Southern New Hampshire University to offer the College for America programs to our members, with low-cost tuition. Find out more here.


APALA Caucus Scholarship

APALA scholarships are open to SEIU 521 APALA Caucus members in good standing and/or their children.

Applications now closed; come back later in 2019.


Union Plus Scholarships

“Unions believe strongly in education, that’s why we continue our 25 year commitment to funding college scholarships to help union families achieve their dreams.”
– MITCH STEVENS, Union Plus President

The 2019 Union Plus Scholarship application is now closed.
Please come back in the summer of 2019 for the 2020 Union Plus Scholarship.
More information and application.

Union Plus also offers a free college program.
Click here for more information.

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