Scholarship Program

2021 Scholarship Program

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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 for download HERE, from your Central Labor Council, or from the Texas AFL-CIO Education Department - P. O. Box 12727, Austin, Texas 78711. THE POSTMARK DEADLINE FOR APPLYING IS TUESDAY,  FEBRUARY 16, 2021.

TO INSURE PROPER PROCESSING: Please be sure to list the Central Labor Council, if any, 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 8, 2020. Please contact your Central Labor Council if you have not received notice of an interview by April 1, 2020. 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 [email protected] 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 [email protected].

Donors to Texas AFL-CIO Scholarship Fund

(July 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020)

Jackie Anderson

AFT Connecticut


Betty Baugh

Judy Bryant

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Patrick M. Flynn PC

Joe D. & Dorothy Gunn (legacy)

ILA Local 28

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast ILA

Ironworkers #84

IUOE Local 450

Rick Levy

Lori & Thomas Lollar

Becky Moeller

Eric H. Nelson

John & Linda Patrick

Jana Pellusch

EJ Phillips

Plumbers Local 68

Provost Umphrey Law Firm

Starla & Samuel Reichek

Doug Richardson

Joseph Shantz

Richard Shaw

Sheet Metal Workers Local 54

Ed Sills

Emily & Dennis Speight

Ellen Stupak-Shaw

Texas Alliance for Retired Americans


Texas AFT

Texas Building & Construction Trades Council

Texas State Teachers Association

United Auto Workers Local 218

UAW Region 5 SW States CAP Council

Union Labor Life Insurance Co. (ULLICO)

Sue Vaughn

Rosa Walker

Linda White

Memorials and Honorees

(July 1, 2019-Aug. 31, 2020)

Delbert Adams

Tommie Carreon Aguilar

Cheryl Anderson

David Arterburn

Regina Barber

Liz Bartlett

John Berendzen

John Bland

Joe Bontke

Louis Boulet

Lloyd Criss

Phil Durst

Honoring Debi Ellison

Jody Erickson

Elizabeth Pompa Garza

Jack Golden

Wanda Harris

Marceil Hubbard

George J. Kourpias

Kay Lee

Honoring Erasmo & Marylou Mendieta’s 50th wedding anniversary

Sam Munn

Phillip Parker

Honoring John Patrick

Corinne Sabo

Shawn Sargent

Dorothy Sheppard

Emmett Sheppard

Marvin Snowden

Kenneth Stavinoha

Lynn Tate

Walter Timberlake

Ernest Wyrick