Fulfill Your College Goals with an SEIU Scholarship

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

Through four different scholarship programs, SEIU awards 50scholarships that enable SEIU members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.
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The 2014-2015 SEIU Scholarship program has ended.

The scholarship program has awarded 51 scholarships to aspiring students who are children of SEIU members. Amongst the 51 scholarships, three competitive scholarships are awarded to extraordinary applicants in the fields of arts and culture, health care, and social justice through the Moe Foner, Nora Piore, and J.J. Johnson scholarships. [List of winners]

SEIU scholarships are open to SEIU members or their children. To be eligible to apply for any SEIU scholarship, membership must be for three continuous years as of September 1, 2014. 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. Scholarships 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 1, 2014.
  • Applications should be filed online. 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 2, 2015.
  • Winners will be notified in late spring and announced on www.seiu.org.

Description of SEIU Scholarships

SEIU's Lottery Scholarships
$1,000 Scholarships (Renewable)
(To apply online, go to https://aim.applyists.net/SEIU)
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 2015. They must be enrolled as a fulltime college student by the fall semester of 2015 at an accredited, two-year or four year college, trade or technical school.

$1,500 Scholarships (Nonrenewable)
(To apply online, go to aim.applyists.net/seiu.)

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 2015; or attending an accredited community college, trade, or technical school as of the fall semester of 2015. 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 www.seiu.org/members, under SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program.

SEIU Competitive Scholarships

Moe Foner Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts
(To apply online, go to https://aim.applyists.net/MF)
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. Johnson Scholarship
(To apply online, go to https://aim.applyists.net/JJ)
Program Key: JJ (for J.J. Johnson)

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 SEIU Local 617 president in New Jersey and one of the founding members of SEIU's African American Caucus (AFRAM). 

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the J.J. Johnson 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. Funding must be applied toward tuition at a two-year or four-year accredited college, university or community college.

Nora Piore Scholarship
This scholarship is closed and will re-open in 2016-2017.
Program Key: NP (for Nora Piore)

This scholarship is in honor of the late Nora Piore. Born in 1921, Piore was a public healthcare pioneer whose career spanned more than 60 years. 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.

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