Free College Education

Union membership is vital to Ohio Council 8’s ability to negotiate fair contracts with job security, good wages and benefits.  And signing a membership card also enables the union to offer members-only  benefits that can enhance the quality of life for you and your loved ones.

That’s why we have developed a partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College enabling our members and their families to earn an associate degree at no cost and on their own schedule. 

Briefly, Eastern Gateway Community College is fully accredited by the state of Ohio and the credits are transferable to four-year institutions.  The program is open to Ohio Council 8 members – as well as a retiree, spouse, child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, or parent.

Through the union’s partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, “Council 8 members and their families can attended classes or earn a degree debt-free,” said Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Harold Mitchell, chairman of the scholarship committee.  “And the on-line, self-paced courses are designed to fit into your family’s 24/7 life.” 

Click here to visit the AFSCME Council 8 Education web page for more information.

Scholarship Opportunities

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarship Program

The deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2021.

AFSCME Ohio Council 8 understands the importance of your children’s education. But we also understand how difficult it can be to achieve. Ohio Council 8 First Vice President Harold Mitchell, chairman of the scholarship committee, said, “Higher education is vital if we are to rebuild Ohio’s economy. But students entering college today need significant financial assistance to pursue their higher education goals. We strongly encourage every eligible student to apply for these scholarships.”The AFSCME Ohio Council 8 Scholarship Program, created in 1982, provides one son and one daughter of an Ohio Council 8 member with a $2,500 yearly college scholarship. To be eligible for the four-year grant, an applicant must be a high school senior graduating in the year in which they apply, and must be accepted at a four-year accredited college or university as a full-time student.

In order to apply, the student’s parents must complete the verification of union membership and must have been a member in good standing for at least one year prior to the application deadline of May 1, 2021. Students must fill out the official scholarship application form, provide the requested high school academic records, and compose two, 500-word essays, one describing “What AFSCME Means To My Family,” and one explaining their reasons for pursuing a college degree.

In addition, it is suggested that applicants place their name on each page of their essays, and to ensure verified delivery to Ohio Council 8, mail the application with a return receipt request.

The Council 8 Scholarship Committee is chaired by Vice President Harold Mitchell and includes Cleveland Regional Vice President Julie Albers, Council 8 Trustee Kimberly Gaines, and Council 8 Recording Secretary Patricia Taylor.

The deadline to submit applications is May 1, 2021. For more information and to download the application, click here

 

AFSCME International Scholarships

To apply for the AFSCME International Family Scholarship, click here.

For more information about additional scholarships available to AFSCME members and their children, please visit the AFSCME International website: https://www.afscme.org/member-resources/scholarships

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