WHO MAY APPLY:  Members or children of members of local unions or children whose legal guardians are members of local unions that are affiliated with the Texas AFL-CIO and the local Central Labor Council.  Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to attend a university, college or technical institute in the summer or fall term.  Scholarships are one-time grants of $1,500.

Application forms are available from your Central Labor Council or the Texas AFL-CIO Education Department - P. O. Box 12727, Austin, Texas 78711.  THE POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2018.

TO INSURE PROPER PROCESSING:  Please be sure to list the Central Labor Council with which your parent’s or legal guardian’s local union is affiliated.  Make sure the application is signed by a union officer and at least one parent or legal guardian.  Include an official school transcript and if applicable, proof of legal guardianship.  If you are unsure that your local union is affiliated with your local Central Labor Council, please contact one of your local union officers. PLEASE MAIL APPLICATIONS TO:  TEXAS AFL-CIO EDUCATION DEPARTMENT - P. O. BOX 12727, AUSTIN, TEXAS   78711.  Incomplete applications will be returned to the student .

A packet of material on organized labor will be sent to each applicant to prepare for a test about unions.  If you do not receive your packet, please contact your central labor council, a local union officer, or the Texas AFL-CIO.

SELECTION PROCESS:  Each Central Labor Council will arrange all interviews and tests for applicants no later than April 6, 2018.  Please contact your Central Labor Council if you have not received notice of an interview by April 15, 2018.  YOU MUST BE TESTED AND INTERVIEWED IN THE CENTRAL LABOR COUNCIL DISTRICT IN WHICH YOUR LOCAL UNION IS AFFILIATED.

After interviews and tests are conducted, each local Central Labor Council will select semi-finalists from among their applicants.  Applicant’s financial need, academic achievements, extra-curricular activities, and his/her understanding of the labor movement as demonstrated by the test scores and interviews will be considered.

The statewide Scholarship Committee of the Texas AFL-CIO will select winners from among the semi-finalists.  The results will be mailed to all applicants.  High schools principals will receive notice of winning applicants whose name will be announced in the Texas AFL-CIO Labor News.

If you are awarded a scholarship, please contact the Texas AFL-CIO Education Department in writing or via email to, and give us the name and address of the university, college or technical institute you plan to attend.  The scholarship will be paid directly to the school of your choice upon acceptance.

For further information, contact your local union officer, Central Labor Council or Edward Sills, Texas AFL-CIO Education Department, at (512) 477-6195 or

Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program Awards 28 Grants; Scholarship Amounts Raised to $1,500 Starting in 2018

  Students from 28 union families in Texas received $1,000 scholarships toward the college, university or trade school of their choice following completion of the 2016-2017 Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Program.

  In a major development that will affect the program in the future, delegates to the 2017 Texas AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention voted to raise the grant amount for future winners to $1,500 – the first time the amount has been raised in more than two decades.

  “The Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee, the Executive Board of the Texas AFL-CIO and delegates to the convention all agreed that funding for the scholarship needed to increase significantly to give students more help with ever-increasing bills for their educations,” Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy said. “This increase makes up for much of the buying power of the scholarship that has been lost to inflation.”

  “The program remains one of our favorite tasks at the state labor federation,” Levy said, “and it would not be possible at this level without the continuing generosity of donors to the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund and to volunteers in local labor bodies across the state who help run the program.”

  In addition to providing assistance to students, the scholarship application process involves discussion of the basics of the labor movement with a couple hundred applicants each year. A revised Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam this year placed a heavier emphasis on fundamentals of union history and the scholarship process continues to include an interview with committees set up by Central Labor Councils and the Gulf Coast Area Labor Federation.

  Besides the exam, criteria for the scholarships for high school seniors include academic achievement, extracurricular activities and financial need.

  Continuing Scholarships, which go to a pool of college students who won a scholarship as high school seniors, place emphasis on students’ volunteer and public service actions. This year, six students received the continuing award.

  To be eligible for the program, one of a student’s parents or legal guardians must be a member of a labor union that is affiliated both with its Central Labor Council and the Texas AFL-CIO. The CLC requirement is waived if the student lives in a part of Texas that does not have CLC (or ALF) jurisdiction.

  The Texas AFL-CIO pays the one-time grants directly to college financial aid offices to be credited to the accounts of recipients.

  The Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization, allowing donors to deduct contributions on federal income tax returns to the full extent of the law.

  Levy thanked the Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee for its service. Panel members include Jeff Darby (AFGE), Chair; Katherine Thompson (OPEIU), Co-Chair; Clara Caldwell (APRI); Lee Medley (USW); LaTonia Benoit (TWU); B.R. Williams (ILA); Ray McMurrey (AFT); Judy Cortez (AFSCME); and Michael Murphy (IBEW).

   Once again, the death of beloved labor leaders spurred donations to the scholarship fund. The Texas AFL-CIO is posting lists of all donors and those memorialized along with the list of scholarships winners.

   Donors of one or more full scholarships include: IBEW Local 716, ILA Local 28, IUOE Local 450, Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 286, Plumbers Local 68, Texas AFT, Joe D. & Dorothy Gunn (memorial), Texas State Council of Machinists (in memory of George Hooper), American Income Life and the Texas Building & Construction Trades Council.

  The Scholarship Committee voted this year to designate one scholarship in honor of former Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller.

   The Texas AFL-CIO Education Department will mail scholarship packets for the 2018 program to Central Labor Councils in late October and is posting information and applications on the Texas AFL-CIO web site, Postmark deadline for high school seniors to apply will be Wednesday  Jan. 31, 2018.

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