Labor Scholarships • Deadline Approaching!

By admin / On / In Benefits, Local 88, Members


It’s the holiday season, but it’s also scholarship timeline season, as the deadlines for many scholarship applications are rapidly approaching. Scholarship information is always available, year-round, on theScholarships tab of the Oregon AFSCME website.

Here is a sampling of the scholarship opportunities available:

AFSCME International

AFSCME Family Scholarship — $2,000 for up to four years, for graduating high school seniors. A downloadable PDF application form is attached to this article, or there is more information online.Deadline is Dec. 31, 2014.

Gerald W. McEntee Scholarship — $5,000 one-time scholarship for members only. Online application only, but there is a fact sheet about the McEntee scholarship attached to this article. Please note that members must apply for the Union Plus scholarship (see below) in order to apply for the McEntee Scholarship. After completing the Union Plus scholarship application, members will be asked if they are AFSCME members and if they click yes they will be asked to write an additional 500 word essay in order to apply for the McEntee scholarship. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2015.

Union Plus Scholarship — $500 – $4,000 depending on merit of application. The Union Plus Scholarship program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, helps union members and their families defray the cost of higher education. Since 1992, the program has awarded over $3 million to deserving students. Online application onlyDeadline is Jan. 31, 2015.

The national union also offers a few other, more specialized scholarship opportunities. Check out the full list at the AFSCME International website.

Oregon AFSCME Council 75

Donna Danner Memorial Scholarship — The Donna Danner Memorial Scholarship Fund is named after one of Council 75’s most beloved members. Donna Danner was a union activist at Local 328 (Oregon Health & Science University) for many years before her premature passing from complications from a brain tumor in November 2000. There are two $1,000 scholarships and five $750 scholarships awarded annually. Apply online through the state scholarship commission; use Code 315MX.

Cornelia Valentine Murphy Scholarship — The Murphy scholarship was established in the name of the former Council 75 Political Coordinator by her brother, Paul Murphy. Cornelia Murphy died from cancer in May 2006. There is one $500 scholarship awarded annually. The Murphy memorial is an endowment fund that needs donations in order to keep the scholarship alive. Contributions can be made through Council 75. Apply online through the state scholarship commission; use Code 500MX.

Bill Lucy Scholarship — This new award was established in 2014 in the name of AFSCME International’s Secretary Treasurer from 1972 to 2010. His decades of service include collaborating with Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis during the 1968 sanitation workers strike. It was during this strike that King was assassinated. There are two $1000 scholarships awarded annually for students of labor studies or political science. Apply online through the state scholarship commission; use Code 690.

Note: All Oregon AFSCME-generated scholarships are administered through the state scholarship commission, officially the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC). All OSAC-based scholarships have an official deadline of March 31, 2015, but applicants are encouraged to complete the application process as close to Jan. 1 as possible.