Union Benefit: Student Scholarships, $500-$4,000

Local 21 members are eligible for a variety of benefits under Union Privilege and Union Plus, a program developed by the AFL-CIO to provide quality products, discounts, and services to union members and their families. Union Plus offers a range of benefits from legal services and insurance discounts to savings on health, travel, and recreation.

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $3.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Nearly 2,100 families have benefited from the scholarship program, including a number of Local 21 members' families.

The Union Plus scholarship program is preparing to accept scholarship applications for 2012. Children, step children, spouses, and dependents of Local 21 members are eligible to apply. The scholarship program is open to students attending or planning to attend a college or university, a community college or a technical college or a trade school. Applicants for scholarships are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need, and appreciation of labor. Visit the Union Plus website for more information and application details. All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2012.