Apply Today! SEIU’s Scholarships

SEIU has a long and proud history of helping union members pursue their dreams through higher education. SEIU offers scholarship opportunities to support studies in areas including the arts, social justice, and the healthcare field. All scholarships are open to members and their children.

Brittney Zarling — daughter of SEIU Local 221 member Wayne Zarling — was awarded the 2014 SEIU Lottery Scholarship. Brittney is currently attending San Diego State University as a Biology major with an emphaisis in Marine Biology. “Growing up with a parent who was active in the union has been an educational experience because my father and I have been able to talk about all of the benefits a union can offer. For my family, the union has been crucial in providing us the opportunity to further improve or lives and the community around us. As a result, the union has given me the chance to further my education.”

The 2015-2016 SEIU Scholarship Program kicked off on December 1st, 2014. The following information will help you and your family prepare for the application launch.
Click here for the application brochure in English and Español.

SEIU’s Scholarships

SEIU Lottery Scholarship (To apply online, click here. Program Key: SEIU)
$1,000 scholarships renewable for up to four years as well as $1,500 scholarships for one year of study.
$1,500 Scholarships (To apply online, click here)
There are 33 $1,500 scholarships; these are nonrenewable, one-time awards.
SEIU JJ Johnson Scholarship (To apply online, click here. Program Key: JJ)
One $5,000 scholarship renewable for up to four years is given to a student whose work and aspirations for economic and social justice reflect the values and accomplishments of JJ Johnson, former president of SEIU Local 617 in New Jersey and one of the founding members of SEIU’s African American Caucus (AFRAM).
SEIU Moe Foner Scholarship (To apply online, click here. Program Key: MF)
Moe Fober founded Bread and Roses, a cultural program for union members. One $5,000 nonrenewable scholarship is available to students who are pursuing a degree or training in the visual or performing arts, and who, like Moe Foner, believe the arts are a vehicle to advance social change.


For more information about the scholarship program, including links to online applications, visit the “member” page of SEIU Internationals website at We are encouraging all applicants to apply online —  it’s easy, convenient and a greener way to go.

Deadlines and Notifications

  • Applications must be filed online by 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 2nd, 2015.
  • Scholarships will be awarded and winners notified in the late spring of 2015.
  • All of the awards will be announced on in the fall of 2015.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or need additional material, please contact SEIU Local 221 at (858) 560-0151.

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