You and your family could be eligible for scholarships exclusively available to union members.

UFCW Free College Benefit

Earn a Degree for Free! The UFCW Free College Benefit Plan Opens Doors of Opportunity for Members

Every day, we are working hard to provide you—and every single one of our members—with real and powerful benefits that can help you achieve the better life you have earned and deserve.  One valuable example of this is the UFCW Free College Benefit.

The UFCW Free College Benefit makes it possible for you and/or your loved ones to earn an Associate Degree online through Eastern Gateway Community College with no out-of-pocket costs and no need for loans. There are no tuition, fee or e-book charges—saving you thousands of dollars!

This benefit is available exclusively to UFCW members, retired members, and the families of members, including children, spouses, grandchildren, domestic partners, and dependents.

The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that Is not covered by federal or employer education grants.

Best of all, the UFCW Free College Benefit is designed to help you balance work and home life.  You can attend school part-time or full-time – whichever fits your schedule.  All you need to get started is a high school degree or GED. There are no entrance exams to worry about.

Programs you can apply to include:

  • Business Management
  • Accounting
  • Paralegal
  • Early Childhood Education

Visit the UFCW Free College Benefit website to sign up or learn more.

UFCW International Scholarship Program

Every year the UFCW International Scholarship Program offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values. Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.

Past winners have gone on to make significant contributions to society and to the UFCW – entering a range of fields including public service, medicine, law, business and teaching. Many have returned to the UFCW as staffers, organizers, and community activists who contribute to our mission.

Two chances to win! By applying to the UFCW International Scholarship Program, as a member of Local 400 you will automatically be considered for the UFCW Local 400 scholarship if you are not awarded a scholarship from the international. Local 400 also provides up to five scholarships per year to eligible applicants. (Limit one scholarship per applicant.)

For more information, and to find out if you are eligible, please visit:

The scholarship application will be available online from February 6-May 8, 2017.

Please note: UFCW-employed officers and staff, and their immediate families are not eligible for this program.

Martin E. Gerel Memorial Union Scholarship

The law firm of Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP has always valued their connection with the Washington, D.C. Union Movement. In recognition of this special relationship, the firm established a Union Scholarship Program more than 30 years ago in memory of Martin E. Gerel.

The law firm of Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP offers this Scholarship to Washington, D.C. metropolitan area union members and their families to help with the high cost of education. Each year, the law firm awards a one-time grant of $5,000 to an eligible student for education expenses.

If you, your spouse or child, plan to pursue education or training full-time, you can apply now. Applicants must be enrolled for their post-high school education or training by Fall of 2018 to be eligible for this year’s award.

A committee of union volunteers screen the applications and a finalist is chosen by an independent party. No one at Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP participates in the selection process. This is an equal opportunity program, conducted without regard to race, gender, religion, age or disability.

Deadline to apply: March 23, 2018

To obtain your scholarship application, call Liliana Chang at Ashcraft & Gerel, LLP: (703) 931-5500

Union Plus: Loans, Scholarships, Discounts & More!

Union Plus provides information about loans, scholarships, how to select a school, how to prepare for college entry tests, and much more. Union members and their children can even save 15% to 60% on college test preparation courses!

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