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!

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SEIU Local 521 Scholarship

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.

Membership must be for one continuous year 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.

Click here to download application: Clarence Dodge Scholarship Application (PDF)

Applications must be received by March 31, 2018.  Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

For more information about the SEIU Local 521 Clarence Dodge Scholarship, please email

APALA Caucus Scholarship

APALA scholarships are open to SEIU 521 APALA Caucus members in good standing and/or their children. Click here for more eligibility details and to download the application. (PDF)

Application with essay must be received in the Fresno SEIU 521 union office no later than 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 14, 2018.

SEIU College Benefits

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.

Union Plus Scholarship

Applications are now closed. Come back in mid-June 2018.
More information and application.

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

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