PEF members and their dependants are eligible for numerous 2012-2013 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 (Click here) for posting to this web page.
The Joseph Scacalossi Scholarship began in 1988 and is named after this union activist who was a council leader at the state Department of Labor in New York City and always fought tooth-and-nail for his members. In his memory, PEF annually awards $1,000 a year for four years to 10 students. You must be the child, stepchild or ward of any active, retired or deceased PEF member to apply, and a high school senior or college freshman.
Preliminary applications are due no later than March 21, 2014. For your convenience, the form is included here.
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, 2012.
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. Information is available online at http://www.aft.org/aftplus/scholarships/index.htm.
- Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. The students selected for university, college, trade school or technical scholarships represent a wide sampling of backgrounds, union affiliations, goals and accomplishments.
Scholarship Award Amounts: Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the fall of 2012. Students may re-apply each year.
This year's application is entirely online - allowing students to complete their application over time and save their responses.
Apply online at http://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/scholarships/
Deadline to apply: January 31, 2012.
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.com/.
Check with the guidance office at your child’s school for information regarding local scholarships.
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