Scholarship Program

Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarship Program

The Annual AFL-CIO Scholarship Program is in its 62nd year. Through the scholarship program, the Massachusetts AFL-CIO and affiliated unions are proud to award financial resources to high school students pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. ­The Massachusetts AFL-CIO administers half a million dollars of scholarship awards on behalf of unions and labor councils throughout the state. Individual awards range from $500 to $16,000.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2019 are now closed. Applications for 2020 will open in October 2019.

In order to be eligible for a scholarship, students must take the Labor History Exam. The Massachusetts AFL-CIO publishes a Labor History Study Guide, which covers a broad range of the history of working people organizing for justice in the United States. The Labor History Exam is administered once per year, and awardees are determined by the Scholarship Committee.

All Massachusetts high school seniors are eligible to compete for certain awards. Additionally, students with a family or personal union affiliation are eligible for awards given by their family’s specific local union or central labor council. About 1,500 students take the exam annually to compete for a scholarship.

Read more about application and eligibility on our FAQ page linked below. If you have additional questions, contact Scholarship Coordinator Carla Connolly at [email protected]

PDF iconMA AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam Study Guide 2018-19
MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam Study Guide 2018-19

PDF iconScholarship FAQ 2019-20

PDF iconMA AFL-CIO Scholarship Awards Book 2017-18