NYC/Long Island

Fulfill Your College Goals with an SEIU Scholarship

January 24, 2012
Unions help working families fulfill their dreams in many different ways. At SEIU, this includes yearly college scholarship opportunities.

Through five different scholarship programs, SEIU awards 53 scholarships that enable SEIU members and their children to pursue their educational goals at colleges, universities, labor study programs and technical schools.

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SEIU's scholarships are open to SEIU members or their children. The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship is also open to local union staff. To be eligible to apply for any SEIU scholarship, membership must be for three continuous years as of September 1, 2012. All awards must be for the academic year(s) awarded. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to the sex, race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, or disability of any applicant. Scholarship awards are limited to one per household.

Officers and employees of the International union and their children are not eligible. Graduate students are not eligible.

General Application Instructions

•Applications are available starting November 15, 2011.

•Applications should be filed online. Please see the individual scholarship information below for instructions. Applications can also be mailed to SEIU (name of scholarship), ISTS, PO Box 23737, Nashville, TN 37202-3737.

•Applications must be postmarked or filed online by midnight March 1, 2012.

•Winners will be notified in late spring and announced on

Description of SEIU Scholarships

SEIU'S Lottery Scholarships

1,000 Scholarships (Renewable)

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Program Key: SEIU (for lottery)

There are 15 $1,000 scholarships available in annual installments for up to four years.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must graduate from a high school or GED program by August 2011. They must be enrolled as a fulltime college student by the fall semester of 2012 at an accredited, two-year or four year college, trade or technical school.

$1,500 Scholarships (Nonrenewable)

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There are 33 $1,500 scholarships; these are nonrenewable, one-time awards.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants must be returning full time to an accredited college or university as a sophomore, junior or senior as of the fall semester of 2012; or attending an accredited community college, trade, or technical school as of the fall semester of 2012. Lottery scholarships are not awarded to the same person in two consecutive years.

Selection Process: Selection for both of the lottery scholarships is by a drawing of qualifying applicants. All applicants must read the 2010 SEIU Annual Report and correctly answer all the questions on the SEIU lottery scholarship quiz and application to qualify for the drawing. The annual report is available only online at, under SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program.

SEIU Competitive Scholarships

Moe Foner Scholarship for Visual and Performing Arts

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Program Key: MF (for Moe Foner)

SEIU is proud to offer a scholarship that continues the life work of the late Moe Foner, the founder of the SEIU 1199 Bread and Roses Cultural Project. Foner used his energy and imagination to tap into New York's thriving artistic community and brought new resonance to union concerts, exhibits and publications. This is a one-time, $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the Moe Foner Scholarship must be pursuing a degree or training full time in the visual or performing arts. Scholarship funding must be applied to tuition at a two-year or four year college, university, or an accredited community college, technical or trade school in an arts-related field.

Jesse Jackson Scholarship

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Program Key : JJ (for Jesse Jackson)

For more than 20 years, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and SEIU have worked side by side for social and economic justice. This $5,000 renewable scholarship is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of Rev. Jackson. It can be renewed annually for a maximum of four years.

Eligibility Criteria: Applicants for the Jesse Jackson Scholarship must demonstrate a commitment to social and economic justice and agree to participate in some paid or course credit internship or work experience in social change during the four years they receive the scholarship. Scholarship funding must be applied toward tuition at a two-year or four-year accredited college, university or community college.

The Bonnie Ladin Scholarship

The Bonnie Ladin scholarship is available for SEIU members, their children and local 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 SEIU to make it the union it has become. She held several key leadership roles at SEIU and joined the faculty of the National Labor College in 2001 where her courses on organizing tactics and leadership skills helped prepare the next generation of organizers.

In 2010, after a long battle with cancer, Bonnie passed away at the age of 59. In honor of her tremendous contributions to the labor movement, SEIU has created a scholarship in her name.

Eligibility Criteria: Members, their children and local staff who have been accepted into the NLC's Bachelor of Arts program and are fully matriculated (which means they have earned or transferred 56 credits) are eligible to apply.

Please go to NCLU Scholarships for more information and to apply.

The National Labor College

The National Labor College (NLC) is the only college in the United States with an exclusive mission to serve the educational needs of the labor movement. It is a fully accredited, upperdegree completion program whose student body is made up of experienced, highly skilled working adults who have multiple commitments to family, job, union and community.

The NLC's Bachelor of Arts program is an online program with minimal residency requirements, offers credit for prior training and experience, is 100 percent labor focused and is affordable. The college accepts up to 90 transfer credits toward a Bachelor of Arts degree. Transfer credits can come from a number of sources. For more information about the college, go to its website at

Nora Piore Scholarship

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Program Key: NP (for Nora Piore)

This scholarship is in honor of the late Nora Poire. Born in 1921, Piore was a public healthcare pioneer whose career spanned more than 60 years. Nora Piore worked as a union organizer, labor educator, college professor, healthcare economist and healthcare activist who changed the face of public health in the United States. The scholarship is made possible by an endowment by the family of Nora Piore. It is for $4,000 and is renewable for up to two years.


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