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PEF members and their dependants are eligible for numerous 2019-2020 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.

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 19, 2021

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

DEADLINE:  Return the final application before April 30, 2021.

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 of every year.

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.

PEF Division 332 Spring 2021 Scholarship:

New York State Gaming Commission PEF DIVISION 332 will award scholarships for eligible students pursuing academic degrees full-time at accredited colleges or universities.

Applications for the SPRING 2021 PEF Division scholarships should be dropped off or postmarked on or before Feb. 22, 2021, to: Debbie Hewitt, NYS Gaming Commission, PO BOX 7500, One Broadway Center, 6th Floor, Schenectady NY 12301-7500.

The drawing will be conducted and certified by the Scholarship Committee. Winners will be announced by March 1, 2021.

Please click here to download PDF file of Division 332 Spring  2021 Scholarship Application.

Please click here to download WORD file of Division 332 Spring  2021 Scholarship Application.

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 Union Plus Scholarship Program application must be submitted before noon each 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. Since 1991, Union Plus has distributed more than $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.

The application is available online starting in mid-June each year. The application deadline is January 31 each year. To learn more and apply go to https://www.unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships

OR you could use the redirect: www.unionplus.org/scholarships

SEIU’s Scholarships

SEIU 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 up to 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.


Please use the form below for questions or to request more information.
  • PEF Member Identification Number