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AFL-CIO-Union Plus Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship



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Application Deadline:  A complete application must be received on or before 12p.m. EDT on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Award Date:  The Scholarship Committee will determine award recipients by August 28, 2013.

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The AFL-CIO-Union Plus Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship is funded by the AFL-CIO and its member unions to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education.

Why we're awarding these scholarships:

Aug. 28 will be the 50th anniversary of the famous March on Washington.  For many people, the march was simply the event where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech.  But the full name of the march, which marked the high point of the modern civil rights movement, was the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


Spurred by the march and other mobilizations throughout the country, Congress passed  many laws that officially ended legal segregation.  But organizers knew that the end of segregation without good jobs was not freedom at all.  Four of the march's 10 demands focused on employment issues.

What is not widely known is the key role unions had in getting people to Washington, D.C.-organizing buses and trains to bring thousands to the  march.

As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, we must recognize that, despite our immense progress, we still live in a time when voting rights are being challenged, immigrants are being denied their basic human rights and workers and their unions are under attack.  We need to remember the key lesson from the March on Washington: Jobs and  freedom go together.

Read this AFL-CIO Executive Council statement about the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, which says:

"We  believe the best way to ensure the legacy of the 1963 March on Washington is  continued and the promise of jobs and freedom is fulfilled is to reflect, to inform, to educate and to take action. As such, the AFL-CIO with our affiliates will endorse and support the commemoration of the march in new and creative  ways, including:

  • "Establish a scholarship program to help talented high school seniors from families in need—including union families and those in the community—to help pay for the costs of higher education."

This Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, which is sponsored by Union Privilege.  Union Plus has awarded more than $3.5 million to students of union families.  Your union membership entitles you and your family to more than 40 Union Plus benefits. 
See a full list of your Union Plus benefits here.