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CSEA Scholarships



CSEA is proud to partner with Excelsior College to offer discounts on your higher education. For more information, visit the Excelsior website dedicated to CSEA members!


Those calling for a return to an era when good-paying jobs did not require a college education are burying their heads in the sand. Research continues to show that a college degree is one of the best ways to achieve the American Dream, and the AFSCME Free College benefit can help.

The benefit – with no out-of-pocket costs to you – is provided by AFSCME in partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College, an accredited, non-profit institution and a member of the University System of Ohio. AFSCME members, their families (spouses, domestic partners, children and grandchildren) and retirees can enroll in a program to earn an associate’s degree online from anywhere in the country. Credits can also be transferred to most four-year public universities.


CSEA Scholarships
CSEA awards 18 $1,000 scholarships under the Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship. Plus, Pearl Insurance and MetLife each sponsor a one-time $2,500 award.
Applying for a Flaumenbaum scholarship automatically puts an applicant in consideration for the Pearl Insurance and MetLife scholarships.  Students are only eligible to win one of these three scholarships.  Application deadline is April 15.
The application will be available for download by January 31.
PLEASE NOTE: Old applications could disqualify potential candidates. Please do not use applications from previous years – applications were recently revised. Please check back soon.

*Please note: the application submission period for 2019 has ended.

CSEA also awards the John. J. Kelly Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to students who are the children of CSEA members killed or permanently disabled as a result of their jobs, or who died while an active CSEA member.  For more information on applying for this scholarship, contact CSEA at 1-800-342-4146 x1341.

AFSCME Family Scholarship program: provides ten (10) scholarships of $2,000 each that are renewed for a maximum of four years. CSEA/AFSCME members’ children (or whose legal guardian is an active CSEA/AFSCME member), and who are high school seniors are eligible.
For an application call (202) 429-1250 or write to:
AFSCME Family Scholarship Program
Attention: AFSCME Advantage
1625 L Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036

The scholarship application period opens August 1 and must be postmarked no later than December 31. Winners are announced March 31.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program: awards scholarships ranging from $500 to $4,000 to CSEA/AFSCME members, spouses and children. Members must have been a member in good standing for at least one year to apply.  The program opens in September and closes January 31. Winners are announced May 31.