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Jan. 31 deadline to apply for 2012 Union Plus scholarships

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Applications are now open for the 2012 Union Plus Scholarship Program, which provides $150,000 in scholarships to union members, their spouses and dependents. This year’s application is entirely online — allowing students to complete their application over time and save their responses. The application deadline is Jan. 31. Click here to apply.

How the Scholarship Program Works

In addition to demonstrating academic ability, applicants are required to submit essays of no more than 500 words describing their career goals, detailing their relationship with the union movement and explaining why they are deserving of a union scholarship.

Individuals must be accepted into an accredited college or university, community college or recognized technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Graduate school students are also eligible for Union Plus Scholarships. There is no requirement to have participated in any Union Plus program in order to apply.

Since 1991, Union Plus has distributed more than $3.2 million in scholarships to working families.

In addition to the Union Plus Scholarships, the following benefits help union families afford higher education:

— Scholarships to help union members and leaders finish their degrees with an affordable, flexible and convenient online program at the National Labor College.

— Discounts of 15 percent to 60 percent on college and graduate school test preparation courses from The Princeton Review. Includes classroom, online and private tutoring for the SAT®, ACT®, GMAT®, LSAT®, GRE® and MCAT® as well as college affordability and admissions online courses. Visit or call 1-888-243-7737.

Click here for more information about the applications and benefit eligibility.

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