Seiu Local 503 Scholarship Essays

The Union Plus Scholarship Program

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education.

Over 2,800 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card. (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) See eligibility in the tab below.

The Facts 


Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (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, 2019.  See more details on eligibility in the tab below.

Evaluation Criteria

This is a competitive scholarship. Applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended. The required essays can account for up to half your total score. Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators

Application Timeline

Applications are available starting in mid-June, and a complete application must be received on or before 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on January 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Scholarship Award Amounts

Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2019. Students may re-apply each year.

Introducing Isaiah's Award

Union Plus is proud to announce the creation of Isaiah's Award, to honor the exceptional life of Isaiah C., a beloved child, fostered and adopted by a current, long-time employee of Union Plus.  Isaiah was a smart, talented, spiritual, generous and kind young man. It is our wish that his gentle spirit live on, in part, through this namesake scholarship.

Applicants for Isaiah's Award must have a special connection to the foster care system, and will be asked in their application to describe their personal, employment, volunteer experiences, or career goals related to the foster care system. 

Award Date

The Scholarship Committee will determine recipients of scholarship awards by May 31 each year. During the first week of June award recipients will be individually notified by mail, and all applicants will be sent an email with notification that the award list is posted.  Please note that due to the volume of applications we cannot provide any information on the status of an application before award announcements are made.

Outstanding Scholarship Recipients

The students selected for university, college, trade or technical school scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments. The selection process is very competitive since we receive over 5,000 applications each year.

The Union Plus Education Foundation

The Union Plus Education Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in scholarships to students of union families. Over 2,800 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

With the help of donations from union supporters, the Foundation can help even more union families attain their education goals. Learn more about the Union Plus Education Foundation.

2018 Scholarship Opportunities for our Members’ Children

Local 1 has a number of scholarships available for our members’ children.  Scholarships are available to all High School Seniors:

SEIU Local 1 Scholarship – click Here to download the application or call 312-233-8756 to get application mailed to you.  April 6th deadline.

SEIU Local 1 will award the following scholarships:

1. 15 – $2,000 scholarships
2. 1 –  Local 1 Future Leader Scholarship award of $10,000


A complete application for a SEIU Local 1 Scholarship should consist of the following components:

  1.  The application portion filled out by the applicant
  2. A copy of the applicant’s official transcript
  3. A Counselor Evaluation to be filled out by a counselor or teacher- click Here to download the Counselor Evaluation.
  4. Please attach a Letter of Personal Reference to this Application written for you by a teacher or other person in your life reflecting on your character and ability on a personal level.
  5. If specifically applying for the SEIU Local 1 Future Leader Scholarship, the applicant must write an essay of at least 600 words outlining their achievements in their community, their beliefs and why they believe that they are a future leader.

Good Luck!


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