ALERT: To learn more about 32BJ’s Scholarships and other opportunities, attend one of our Scholarship information sessions on December 1st, 11am or 1pm at SEIU-32BJ Union Headquarters, 25 W 18th St, Room: 6 (4th Floor), New York, NY 10011.
Each year, a limited number of scholarships are granted to employees and their eligible dependents that apply for and meet the requirements for an award. The scholarship program helps pay for tuition and tuition related fees for undergraduate and graduate college studies.
UNDERGRADUATE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Undergraduate college scholarships may be awarded to high school graduates (including those who have passed the High School Equivalency exam) who have been accepted by a four-year college or university. This money can be used to help pay tuition and tuition related fees for full-time study at any accredited four-year college or university. Full-time study means you, or your eligible dependent, are enrolled full-time as determined by the college or university attended. Each undergraduate scholarship is worth up to $5,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study ($20,000 maximum scholarship), and is paid directly in equal parts to the college or university each semester that the student proves full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing
Graduate school scholarships are available to candidates holding a Bachelor’s Degree who have been accepted by a program offering advanced degrees. This scholarship can be used to help pay tuition and tuition related fees for full-time study at any accredited graduate school. Each graduate school scholarship is worth up to $8,000 per year for up to four years of graduate study ($32,000 maximum scholarship), and is paid directly in equal parts to the college or university each semester that the student proves full-time enrollment and remains in good academic standing.
If a student takes extra credits, either during the school year, over the summer or both and shortens the time taken to complete the program, payments to the institution can be accelerated as determined by the 32BJ Training Fund scholarship staff. In no case will a student receive more than the maximum scholarship or more than the annual award multiplied by the number of years designated by the institution as normally required to complete the program. Awards and payments to institutions for, or applying to, combined Undergraduate/Graduate degree programs will be evaluated based on criteria provided by the relevant institutions. Note that requests for accelerated payments must be received by the 32BJ Training Fund at least 60 days before the period of acceleration (for example, summer school attendance or an increased credit load).
APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
If you wish to apply for a scholarship, you must do so by the stated deadline for the following academic year. You can call the Training Fund at (212) 388-3750 if you need assistance. We require an official high school or college transcript, SAT, ACT or graduate admission test scores (if required by the institution to which you are applying), a completed application form, a description of extracurricular activities, a letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or administrator, and a personal essay on a topic chosen each year by the Board.
Knowingly applying for a scholarship for someone who is not eligible is considered fraud and could subject you to criminal prosecution.
HOW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS ARE DETERMINED
All complete scholarship applications of eligible members and/or their eligible dependents that are submitted properly and on time are reviewed by an independent academic selection committee. The committee, which includes admissions representatives from various colleges and universities in the New York metropolitan area, makes selections based on your application and supporting material. Incomplete applications or applications made by ineligible individuals will not be presented to the Committee.
If you submit a complete application, you will receive written notification of the committee’s decision. Decisions made by the committee are not appealable. Rejection of your application because it is not complete is not appealable. For further information please contact the 32BJ Training Fund at 212-388-3750 between the hours of 8am and 9pm, Monday through Friday.
Our scholarships are very competitive with hundreds of applications each year. We strongly encourage all our applicants to apply for as many other scholarships as possible. Additional resources are available here.
DEFERRING A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Students who have been awarded a scholarship, but want to delay enrolling in college, or who want to take time off from school once they have enrolled, can ask to have their scholarship deferred. One deferral, for up to one school year, will be granted automatically. Deferral requests must be made in writing.
In cases of extreme hardship the 32BJ Training Fund Board of Trustees may grant additional deferrals or deferrals longer than one academic year. The Board of Trustees determines what constitutes an extreme hardship.