About APWU Scholarships

There’s a scholarship with your high school senior’s name on it!  Apply today!  

E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship
The E.C. Hallbeck Memorial Scholarship awards 10 recipients $2,000 annually for four years to use toward an undergraduate program. The Hallbeck Scholarship provides financial assistance to one male and one female recipient from each of five regions: Central, Eastern, Northeast, Southern, and Western. Hallbeck Scholarship recipients must attend an accredited college or university, and must maintain a “B” average (or “Pass” if on a “Pass/Fail” system).

Vocational Scholarship
Five Vocational Scholarship winners receive up to $3,000 to be used for three years of study in a specific trade, technical, industrial, or vocational school. Vocational Scholarships are awarded to recipients selected from five regions. Recipients must attend an accredited community college or vocational school, and must maintain a “B” average (or “Pass” if on a “Pass/Fail” system), or a positive evaluation from a counselor or instructor. Other fields include culinary arts, medical or dental assistant, electrician, real estate, auto mechanic, certified IT/computer education, cosmetology, or massage therapy, etc. Eligible programs can be of a nine-month to three-year duration.

Best Essay Award
One “Best Essay” winner is selected from the applicant pool to receive a one-time $2,000 award towards his or her four-year college tuition.

The scholarships are open only to high school seniors.  Applicants may apply for only either Hallbeck or Vocational, not both. 

Applicants must be a child, grandchild, stepchild, or legally adopted child of a current, retired, or deceased APWU member. Proof of membership required for deceased members.

 [2016 APWU Scholarship Brochure - PDF]

How to Apply

March 31, 2017 is the deadline for the APWU to receive completed applications.

[Click here to download the 2016 E.C. Hallbeck Scholarship rules and application form - PDF].

[Click here to download the 2016 Vocational Scholarship rules and application form - PDF]

2016 Scholarship Winners

Click here [PDF] to read about the 2016 APWU scholarship winners.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Union Plus also sponsors a scholarship program.  The Union Plus Scholarship Program, created by the AFL-CIO, has awarded nearly $2 million to union members and their families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education at colleges or trade and technical schools. Their awards range from $500 to $4,000.  All applications must be postmarked by January 31, 2015.  For more information, visit

In addition, Union Plus sponsors scholarships for union members to enroll in the National Labor College.

Union Plus also offers a free Scholarship Search, with a database of more than 3,700 scholarships worth over $3.1 billion.

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