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Please Look for Application Information Regarding the 2025 Application Process, Here (Coming Soon)



Essex County Labor Scholarship Award

(For High School Seniors)

      The Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is once again offering ten $1000 Scholarships for high school seniors, to be awarded for one academic year of college expenses.
        To be eligible for this scholarship, the applicant must be:
        • A high school senior
        • Accepted at an accredited college or accredited post-high school education program
        • Sponsored by a guardian who is a member of a local union affiliated with the Essex-West Hudson Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
          Each applicant must submit:
          • A 250-word, written statement explaining why they qualify for the award, including their commitment to the Labor Movement
          • An official transcript from the applicant’s high school
          • A statement describing any community service/extracurricular activities
          • A copy of an official acceptance letter from their post-high-school educational institution of choice

          Deadline: April 15, 2024 (Now Passed)

          Download 2025 Application Here (Coming Soon)


          Union Plus Scholarships

          Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5.2 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. More than 3,600 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

          Amounts range from $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of each year. Students may re-apply each year.

          The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation.
          For Details and to apply, visit the Union Plus Scholarship Website.

          The deadline for 2025-2026 funding is Will Be Available Soon (Mid-June)


          FAST Fund

          As a partner with Believe in Students, Inc., the AFT Local 1904 administers the Faculty and Students Together (FAST) Fund (initiated by Sara Goldrick-Rab) at Montclair State University, to assist students with small grants (up to $500 per application) to help them pay for single-event emergency expenses that they would not otherwise be able to afford, and without the bureaucracy or hassle typically associated with short-term financial relief. AFT Local 1904 is proud to be among a small group of partner schools that include California State University—Long Beach, California; Nash Community College, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Columbus State Community College, Columbus, Ohio; Bunker Hill Community College, Boston, Massachusetts; and Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

          Examples of emergency expenses to which FAST Funds may be applied include (but are not limited to):
          • Temporary housing
          • Rent assistance, when facing imminent eviction
          • Auto repair or other emergency transportation needs
          • Replacement of textbooks and/or technology required as part of academic program
          • Eyewear and vision exams
          To qualify for FAST Funding, Montclair State students must complete this application form. Applications include the requirements of a reference from a current, active AFT Local 1904 member, and an explanation of need.

          The FAST Fund depends upon the generous contributions from supporters. To support the FAST Fund (or to encourage someone you know to support the FAST Fund), PLEASE DONATE HERE.

          Questions? Contact our AFT Local 1904 Office (131 Cole Hall) via email or via telephone at 973-655-4453.