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Scholarships

PEF members and their dependants are eligible for numerous 2013-2014 union-sponsored scholarships. Do not miss the opportunity to make education more affordable by applying for college scholarships. Remember to meet application deadlines to qualify.

PEF Regions and Divisions – please send information concerning scholarships offered to your constituents to the PEF Education Department for posting to this web page by using the contact form below.


Tuition Reimbursement

For information about Tuition Reimbursement through the PEF Membership Benefits Program Higher Education Incentive Program (HEIP), please visit the PEF Membership Benefits Program’s HEIP page.


PEF Scholarships

PEF’s Joseph Scacalossi Scholarship has helped students since 1988, when it was founded as a tribute to a state Department of Labor member who helped form PEF and fought for the rights of his members in Manhattan.

Every year, 10 students are each awarded $1,000 annually for four years.

The student must be a child, stepchild or ward of an active, retired or deceased PEF member.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors and college freshmen.

   Joseph Scacalossi Scholarship Application  PDF File

Preliminary applications are due no later than March 21, 2014

Upon approval of your preliminary application, the PEF Scholarship Committee will mail you a final application.

DEADLINE:  Return the final application before April 25, 2014.


The Jean DeBow Women in PEF Scholarship was created to honor the memory of our former Vice-President, Jean DeBow. There will be one scholarship award of $1,000, given annually at the PEF Convention, for an Active Female PEF Member, who is pursuing an accredited Post Secondary education in any field.

   Application details and instructions are available here.

DEADLINE:  Completed applications are due at PEF headquarters by May 1, 2014.


PEF Regional and Division Scholarships

Check with your PEF Council Leader and Regional Coordinator for information on local scholarships.

As they become available, we will post such scholarships here.


Other Union-Based Scholarships

Our affiliation with AFT and SEIU enables members and dependents to be eligible for other union-based scholarship programs. Eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria, award amounts, application instructions and deadlines vary.  It is easier than ever to apply with applications just a click away.  Visit the following websites for information on scholarships available to union members.

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program offers four four-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members.

Students applying for a Porter Scholarship must be pursuing a career in labor relations, education, health care or government service. The application requires a well-researched essay about a topic listed on the application form. Grant applicants must also submit an essay describing how they would use the grant, if awarded.

AFT scholarships are merit-based, centering on academic excellence. Volunteerism and activism will help boost a student’s chance to win.

Applications are available online at http://www.aft.org/benefits/scholarships.cfm or by mailing a self-addressed stamped envelope to Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, AFT, 555 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001. Applications must be received by March 31.



The 2014 Union Plus Scholarship Program application is currently available and must be submitted before noon Friday, January 31.

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $4,000. The scholarship program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, and the selection process is very competitive as more than 5,000 applications are received each year. During the past 22 years, Union Plus has distributed more than $3.5 million in scholarships to working families.

Applicants are evaluated on their academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor. A grade point average of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Current and retired members of participating unions such as PEF, along with spouses and dependent children are eligible to apply. Students must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, community college, or technical or trade school. Undergraduate and graduate students also are eligible.

Online applications are recommended and available at http://www.unionplus.org/college-education-financing/union-plus-scholarship/ or, mail your name, all contact information, and your international union to Union Plus Education Foundation, c/o Union Privilege, PO Box 34800, Washington, DC 20043-4800.

SEIU’s Scholarships

SEUI Lottery Scholarships (Apply online at http://aim.applyists.net/seiu)
Fifteen $1,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years as well as 33 $1,500 scholarships for one year of study.



The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship (Apply online at http://www.nlc.edu/current-students/scholarships/)
The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship is available for SEIU members, their children and local union staff who are attending the National Labor College. Bonnie Ladin was an organizer at SEIU for 20 years and played an integral role in building SEUI to make it the union it is today. In honor of her tremendous contributions to the labor movement, SEIU created a scholarship in her name.



SEIU Jesse Jackson Scholarship (Apply online at http://aim.applyists.net/mf)
One $5,000 scholarship renewable for upt o four years is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of the Rev. Jesse Jackson.



SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship (Apply online at http://aim.applyists.net/mf)
One $5,000 nonrenewable scholarship is available to students who are pursing a degree or training in the visual or performing arts, and who believe the arts are a vehicle to advance social change.


Other Resources

New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) is an excellent source for information on financial aid programs, forms and services available.  New York State students may be eligible for a variety of State grant, scholarship and award programs to help pay for college.  For information visit:  http://www.hesc.ny.gov/.

Check with the guidance office at your child’s school for information regarding local scholarships.


Scholarship Information Submission Form

Please use the form below for questions or to request more information.

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