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2013 Dreams of Jobs and Freedom Scholarship
Updated On: Apr 25, 2013


To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, the AFL-CIO and Union Plus are offering scholarships to help graduating high school seniors realize their dreams of a college education.

The one-time $5,000 scholarships are for study for the academic year beginning in the fall 2013 through summer 2014. Fifty scholarships will be awarded.


A completed application must be received on or before 12 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 1, 2013. Apply Now


Individuals who were awarded a high school degree between Jan. 1, 2013 and July 1, 2013.

Applicants must be dependent children or grandchildren (as defined by IRS regulations) of current or retired members of AFL-CIO unions from the U.S. and its territories. Applicants may also be union members themselves or a spouse of an eligible union member. At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or legal caregiver. The one-year membership minimum must be satisfied by July 1, 2013.


Current members of an eligible community organization.

The applicant must be accepted into a U.S.-accredited college or university, community college or technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2013-2014 school year.


This is a competitive scholarship and applicants are evaluated according to academic ability, social awareness, financial need and appreciation of labor.

Scholarship applicants are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.


A completed application will include:

One letter of reference (in .doc or .pdf format) from a teacher or other adult who is familiar with your achievements and abilities.

One essay of approximately 500 words.

Union or community organization information, including the national or international union name, local union number, local union’s address, phone number and the local union’s president or business manager. If there are multiple union affiliations, the above information must be provided for each affiliation.

If applying under the community member category, you will need to provide the details of your membership in an eligible community organization as well as a letter from the organization describing your involvement.

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