Unite Here Local 23 and partner employers believe in the benefits of post-secondary education and are proud to provide a scholarship program for members’ children and grandchildren. Below are answers to frequently asked questions. To apply for a scholarship or to renew, please download the appropriate application form at the bottom of this page and submit to:
The Fund is committed to supporting scholars through a post-secondary degree.
Who is eligible to apply for a new scholarship?
- You must have an eligible sponsor; and
- Be 21 years of age or under; and
- Be a recent high school graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or a recent GED student with a B average; or
- A university student with a GPA of 2.7 or higher
Can I apply the following year if I don’t get the scholarship the first time I apply?
- YES! Provided that you meet all the eligibility criteria above you can apply again the following year.
Does every eligible applicant get a scholarship?
- This is a competitive award, and there are a limited number each year.
- An independent scholarship committee, composed of professors and teachers, makes the decisions. See below, “Application Process” for what they consider.
Who is eligible for a renewal?
- STEP is committed to supporting as many students as possible through their college career. Any student who received an award is eligible to renew, provided that:
- You have an eligible sponsor; and
- Have maintained a GPA of 2.7 or better. (Exceptions may be made for those whose
GPA falls between 2.5 and 2.7. Contact the Scholarship Coordinator for details); and
- Be under the age of 26
How many times can I renew?
- Scholarship winners may receive up to 3 renewal awards, for a total of 4 academic years (8 semesters) of support. The number of semesters of support depends on if you apply as a High School senior, a college Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior.
- All awards must be made within a 6-year period.
Who can sponsor a new or renewal scholar?
- Any union member can sponsor her/his child or grandchild if the union member is currently employed with a contributing employer; and
- Has had contributions paid into the fund for at least 12 months out of the last 18 months
What is Covered?
Up to $4,000 Per Year!
How Can I use the Funds?
- The scholarship is for tuition only.
- Payment goes directly to the university.
- There are no reimbursements for past semesters through the scholarship.
What Institutions are Covered?
- Your university or college must be an accredited not-for profit 2- or 4-year college or
- Exceptions are made on a case by case basis for accredited post-secondary
Is this for full-time study only?
- No. But students must enroll for at least a ½ credit load per the university’s assessment of full time study for each semester they receive the award.
- Individual awards are pro-rated based on
credit load, with the maximum amount available only to full-time students.
The 2020 deadline for applications is June 15th!
- Download the relevant application below.
- Email the Scholarships Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-332-9379.
- The 2019 deadline for applications is June 14th.
What can I do if my GPA is lower than what you require but there are special circumstances?
- Include a letter with your application to explain a lower GPA (hospitalization, a mother tongue other than English, learning disability, etc), and what you are doing to improve.
- If you are working with a teacher on raising your grades, taking summer classes, or you are being tutored or are getting support from a writing center, ask your tutor or teacher to submit a letter as well.
How are awards decided?
- All applications that are submitted by the deadline are assessed by a scholarship committee composed of independent educators (professors and teachers). The committee evaluates applicants based on: grades and course difficulty; personal essay; teacher/professor recommendations. The personal essay and letters of recommendation matter!
Can I appeal a decision?
- You can ask the scholarship program coordinator to have the committee review their decision.
- You may be asked to submit any additional documentation that might help the committee.
How does my HS teacher (or university professor) submit a recommendation?
- Don’t wait until the last minute to ask your teacher for a letter!
- Your teacher should submit their recommendation letter directly to the scholarship coordinator, and if possible use a work email address.
- DO NOT cut and paste the letter or send it yourself.
- Please see complete instructions
with the application.