This scholarship is for OPEIU MEMBERS ONLY, which means, dependents of OPEIU MEMBERS are NOT
eligible to apply for this scholarship. A member can only receive this scholarship once while seeking an
undergraduate degree and once while seeking a graduate degree.
One (1) scholarship per year will be awarded. Applications are open to members in good standing for at
least two (2) years. All applicants must meet the eligibility requirements and comply with the Rules and
Regulations as established by the OPEIU Executive Board. Each scholarship has a total maximum value of
THE APPLICANT MUST BE:
a member or an associate member of OPEIU in good standing; and
either an undergraduate or graduate in one of the following areas of study:
Union Leadership and Administration
Programs sponsored by the National Labor College
Each applicant must file an official John Kelly Labor Studies Scholarship application. Application forms must
be endorsed by the Local Union President or Secretary-Treasurer attesting that the MEMBER or ASSOCIATE
MEMBER is in good standing. Such endorsement must be obtained before the application is submitted.
Application forms may be obtained at your Local Union office, at the Secretary-Treasurer's office of the
International Union, or from our web site at www.opeiu.org, click on OPEIU Member Resources/OPEIU
Essay: All applicants shall be required to submit an essay on their union activism and
their occupational goals (300 to 500 words). This essay should be doublespaced
and typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper.
College Transcript: If presently enrolled in a College, University or a recognized Technical or
Vocational Post-Secondary School, applicant is required to submit a college
transcript. It does not have to be an official transcript; copies are acceptable.
Statement of Intent: All applicants shall be required to execute the Statement of Intent to remain
within the OPEIU for a period of at least two (2) years.
All applications, college transcripts (if applicable) and essays must be received at the Secretary-Treasurer’s
office of the International Union, 80 Eighth Avenue, Suite 610, New York, NY 10011, no later than March
31st of each year.
SELECTION OF SCHOLARSHIP:
The selections shall be based on recommendations of an academic scholarship committee. All applicants will
be notified, by mail, in the month of May whether or not a scholarship has been awarded to them.