2019 Union Plus Scholarship

2019 Union Plus® Scholarship Program


New and returning applicants:  Click here to create a new application or to login.

Logged in users:  click on "Continue with Application" link.

Application deadline: 12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time), Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.3 million to students of union families. Over 2,900 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

This program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege.

The Union Plus Education Foundation is funded in part by donations from Capital One N.A., the provider of the Union Plus Credit Card (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.)

Award amounts: $500 to $4,000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2019.  Students may re-apply each year.

Award date: May 31, 2019. During the first week of June 2019 award recipients will be notified by postal mail, and all applicants will be sent email notification. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations).  At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2019.

  • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada are eligible.

  • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued.  Awards must be used for the 2019 - 2020 school year.

  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.


W. Vernie Reed Scholarship

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2018 Scholarship Information

In 1981 the W. Vernie Reed Scholarship Fund was established as a living memorial to the late W. Vernie Reed, General Secretary-Treasurer of the Laborers’ International Union of North America, who represented our Northwest Region. Since that time, the scholarship fund has awarded 307 scholarships totaling over $475,000 to our members, their children and grandchildren from various Local Unions throughout the Region. We should all take great pride that we have established such a fund in memory of one of LiUNA’s past leaders, who fought so hard for every LiUNA! member, Local Union and District Council. 

Now accepting applications for 2018. Please note that all applications must be completed in full and be returned to the address listed on the application by April 1, 2018 to be considered. 

Applications for the 2018 W Vernie Reed Scholarship has expired. Applications for the 2019 will be accessible through www.nwliuna.org.