Time is running out! Full scholarships still available for LERC Summer School.

The SEIU Local 503 Board has funded up to 35 full scholarships for the LERC (Labor Education and Research Center) Summer School and 5 full scholarships for the Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW). Both of these programs have traditionally been great leadership development opportunities for union members, and they are a wonderful way to build solidarity between various unions.

The deadline is fast approaching! Applications must be received by SEIU Local 503 by May 12 to be considered for a General Fund scholarship.

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 12.44.31 PMThe LERC Summer School will be held from August 7 through August 9 in Eugene on the University of Oregon campus. Every year, SEIU Local 503 sponsors a number of SEIU members for this popular University of Oregon/LERC summer training. This year’s classes include:

  • To Organize and Fight: Building The Union During Troubled Times
  • Bargaining to Raise Standards: Traditional and Nontraditional Collective Bargaining Strategies
  • Effective Teaching and Facilitation Techniques

There will also be workshops around Workers’ Comp, Fair Representation, Grievances, and Social Media.

In order to apply to be considered for LERC Summer School, please go to this web address: Available classes are also listed there.

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 12.38.57 PMThe AFL-CIO Summer Institute for Union Women (SIUW) is scheduled in Portland on the campus of Reed College from June 23 through June 27. The Institute celebrates the solidarity of union women across boundaries of age, race, and nation, and it brings us together for skill building, education and fun. Workshops and plenary sessions examine current issues, ranging from politics, to health care, to international solidarity. Cultural events and workshops add richness to the Institute and inspire us to creativity in our union work.

In order to apply for the Summer Institute of Union Women, please go to this web address: Available classes are also listed there.

Scholarship recipients will be notified after the May 16 SEIU Local 503 Board of Directors meeting.



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Scholarships for members and family

Local 503 offers two types of one-year scholarship awards to active members and their spouses, domestic partners*, children, and grandchildren. Awards are based on financial need and scholastic ability. You must be an active SEIU Local 503 member for one year to apply for these scholarships.

  • Financial Aid Award. An award of $500 per school year is offered to students entering an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.
  • Grant-in-Aid Award. An award of $750 per school year will enable current students to remain enrolled in any accredited institution of higher learning.

Part-time enrollment (minimum of 6 credit hours) or enrollment in graduate programs will be considered only for active members, their spouses, or laid-off members. Detailed eligibility rules are available at SEIU Local 503. Applications are accepted during the late fall to early winter months of each year for the following academic year.

* Domestic partners must complete an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership and have it on file at the SEIU Local 503 benefits office.

For more information, contact Member Benefits at 503.581.1505. On-line applications available through the Oregon Student Assistance Program.

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