Scholarships & Awards

2016 MN AFL-CIO Scholarships & Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarships

The Minnesota AFL-CIO is proud to have scholarships available for union members and their dependents.

The Minnesota AFL-CIO scholarship is awarded to five (5) recipients in 2016 to graduating high school seniors who are union members or the dependents of union members.

Sponsored and funded by the Minnesota AFL-CIO, the Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship has two (2) scholarships available this year. It’s a tuition scholarship awarded to Minnesota union members who are affiliated with the Minnesota AFL-CIO.

The scholarship application deadline for both scholarships is April 30, 2016.

See the scholarship forms for details of eligibility requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship programs offered by the Minnesota AFL-CIO, check out our web site or contact Lori Williams,,at 651-294-3085 or toll-free at 1-800-652-9004. For questions on the Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship, contact Labor Education Service, U of M, 612-624-5020.

MN AFL-CIO scholarship form

Martin Duffy scholarship form

Labor Leadership Grants

The Tobey >Lapakko Labor Leadership Grant is available to women who are union members in good standing; the Charles McKenna Leadership Grant is available to men who are union members in good standing.

Grants are available for members of affiliated unions seeking to develop their abilities and skills as union leaders. The grants help defray the cost of classes, programs or conferences sponsored or endorsed by the AFL-CIO or affiliated organizations.

Recipients will be selected by lot by the Minnesota AFL-CIO Education Committee; grant amounts will be determined by the committee.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Hayssen at 651-227-7647.

2016 Labor Leadership Grant form


Union Plus Scholarship

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $2.4 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Over 1,700 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education. The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation. See link for more information.

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