College Scholarships

  The AFL-CIO Department of Education publishes a "Guide to Union-Sponsored Scholarships, Awards and Student Financial Aid" to help union members and their families find ways to cover the costs of college and other post -secondary education. To receive a free copy of the Guide, write to : AFL-CIO Education Department, 815 Sixteenth St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.

AWARDS One-time award of $1,250.00 to a high school senior.
ELIGIBILITY Open to a high school senior whose parent(s) is an employee represented by Local 690.
Scholarship Committee scores applications based on members' salary, academic record, school/outside activities and career goals.
DEADLINE May 21, 2021.  The award is presented in June at our General Membership Mtg.
APPLICATION Contact one of the committee members for an application.  
The members of the Scholarship Committee are: Karen Taylor, Shana Davis and  Joe DiSanto 459-5435.
HISTORY Lee Johnson was a man who inspired us all to reach our highest potential. Our Scholarship program helps us live up to our motto:WE SERVE.

CSEA Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship
(Statewide Scholarship)
AWARDS CSEA awards 24 $1,000 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarships.
ELIGIBILITY Open to children of CSEA-represented employees who are seniors in high school.
Academic record, school activities, outside work experience, community involvement, financial need, career goals, etc.
Based on scholastic achievement, the award is drawn from the top 2% of Flaumenbaum applicants. The JLT Award will go to a student entering the SUNY system. The MetLife Award has no such limitation.
DEADLINE April 17th
APPLICATION To download the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Application click here. (A single application covers the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship, the Pearl Carroll & Associates Scholarship and the MetLife Insurance Company Scholarship.).
HISTORY Irving Flaumenbaum was a CSEA activist for more than 30 years. At the time of his death he was characterized as a "tireless unionist, a spirited leader and a true friend of all public employees".

Daniel X Campbell Memorial Scholarship
(Capital Region)
AWARDS One-time award of $750.00 to a high school senior.
ELIGIBILITY Open to children of the Capital Region whose parents are represented by CSEA.
The graduating high school senior must be intending to pursue a career in communications, labor relations or a related field.
APPLICATION To receive an application and further details contact the Region IV office at (518) 785-4400
HISTORY This scholarship has been established in Dan Campbell's memory.  For almost 30 years he worked as a Communications Associate in CSEA's Capital Region Office.  Dan was popularly known as the "Spokesman" for his high profile in the Capital District as the voice of CSEA and working families.  His commitment to unionism as well as his personal values and character made him a beloved figure who still touches the lives of all who know him.  He was truly someone who would rather light a candle than curse the darkness.

Union Plus Credit Card
AWARDS A total of $150,000 in scholarships is awarded through the Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Award Program. The awards are for no less than $500. and no more than $4,000.
ELIGIBILITY Members, their spouses and their children are eligible. Eligibility also extends to foster children, stepchildren and adopted children, but excludes grandchildren and graduate students. Members must have at least one year of continuous good-standing membership in CSEA/AFSCME in order for spouses and children to be eligible. Members need not be Credit Card cardholders to apply
Applicants must be accepted into an accredited college or community college or a recognized technical or trade school. An impartial committee of post-secondary school educators will make the awards based on such factors as academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals and financial need.
DEADLINE Applications are available September 15th. Applications must be postmarked by January 31st. Recipients will be notified by May31st.
APPLICATION Applications can be downloaded from AFSCME's website:  click on AFSCME Advantage, click on Members' Only Benefits or call 1-(202)-429-5066 or 1-(800)-238-2539.

AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
AWARDS Ten scholarships of $2,000. each are awarded annually. Once awarded, the scholarships will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study.
ELIGIBILITY Any graduating high school senior who is a daughter or son of an active CSEA/AFSCME member, (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member) and who intends to enroll in a full-time, four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, is eligible to apply for a scholarship. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.
Based on academic record, high school activities and written essay on "What AFSCME has Meant to our Family".
DEADLINE Postmarked no later than December 31st.
APPLICATION Write to: AFSCME Family Scholarship Program, Attention: Education Department, 1625 L Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 application requests can be made by e-mail to or downloaded from AFSCME's website: or call (202) 429-1250.