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EIU AFSCME Local 981


Local 981

Bill Myers Stipend

The Bill Myers Stipend is awarded to a child or grandchild of an active AFSCME Local 981 member. The recipient must be enrolled at any college, university, or technical school as a full-time student in any state. Two stipends are given in October and March, one for Clerical-Technical members and one for Service members.


  • March stipend: February 28
  • October stipend: September 30

Download an application or contact a board member for a paper copy.

Council 31

Larry Marquardt Scholarship

This scholarship offered by Council 31 is awarded annually to children of AFSCME members under the age of 25, as well as members in good standing who plan to attend school full-time.

Deadline: Third Friday in April at 4:00pm

Download an application and mail to the included address. Completed applications require the signature of the Local 981 President or Recording Secretary.

AFSCME International

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Looking for financial support for college?  Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors that will be renewed for $2,000 each year for a maximum of four years, provided the student remains enrolled in a full-time course of study. The scholarship may be used for any field of study.

To be eligible, you must:

  • At the time of application, be a graduating high school senior whose parent, legal guardian or financially responsible grandparent is a full dues-paying AFSCME member;
  • At the time the scholarship is awarded, be enrolled in a full-time degree program either at an accredited four-year institution or at a two-year institution that will transfer credits to a four-year institution; and
  • In 2022, AFSCME adopted a test-optional policy. Applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores, but the selection committee may consider them.
  • Return complete application with all required documentation postmarked by the deadline.

Deadline: December 31, 2023

Download an application and mail to the included address.


Union Plus Scholarship

Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program, sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation, 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. Students may re-apply each year.

Eligibility: Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one-year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31 of the scholarship year. 

Deadline: January 31, 2024 at 10:59pm CST

Complete an online application


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