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2024 NH AFL-CIO Linda Horan Scholarship Program

This year, in honor of Sister Linda Horan, the NH AFL-CIO will again award scholarship assistance. Members in good standing of an affiliated local union, their spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards are encouraged to apply. A minimum of three scholarships will be awarded: the first for $1,500, the second for $1,000, and the third for $750. Additional prizes may be awarded contingent on the available funding. 

Essays and application forms must be received by the NH AFL-CIO Scholarship Committee no later than 4:00 p.m., FRIDAY, August 9th, 2024, NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106.

Scholarship applicants must submit a 750-1,000-word (3 to 4 pages double-spaced) essay on the following topic:  A recent poll conducted by the AFL-CIO found that 88% of adults under 30 approve of labor unions with fully 90% approving of strikes. As a member of the next generation of union supporters, what factors do you believe contribute to these astronomical levels of support?

Essays will be judged on understanding, writing style, and significance to Labor Unions. Applicants are encouraged to draw on the experiences of their families and communities. Two copies of the essay must be submitted – one may be a photocopy. Any wording that identifies the union member or the name of the member’s union WILL BE REDACTED, so please avoid using such identifying information in your essay.

Those eligible are members in good standing or the spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of a member in good standing of unions affiliated with the NH AFL-CIO. The union member must live or work in New Hampshire. 

A completed application form must be verified by your local union official and must accompany the essay. Application forms are available from your local union or the NH AFL-CIO, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH 03106 (or you can call 603-623-7302). Application forms are also available on the NH AFL-CIO website.

Winners must provide proof of undergraduate enrollment in a college, community college, university, or recognized trade school for the fall semester of 2024. Traditionally, scholarships have been awarded at the NH AFL-CIO Annual Labor Day Breakfast. NH AFL-CIO would like to continue that tradition of honoring the scholarship winners at the annual breakfast but are also mindful of the benefit of receiving the financial assistance prior to Labor Day, so checks will be available shortly after the winners are announced. The announcement of 2024 Scholarship Winners will be posted on the NH AFL-CIO website and Facebook page.


AFT-NH is proud to award two $1,500 scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year. The Cascio Scholarship will be offered to one graduating senior who has been accepted at an institution of higher learning, while the Donovan Scholarship will go to one continuing student at an accredited institution of higher learning for the 2024-2025 academic year. Prior scholarship winners are ineligible. 

Scholarship Eligibility

  • The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a current member of AFT-NH.
  • Recipients will need to provide proof of enrollment (continuing or as a new student) for the 2024-2025 academic year to receive their scholarship check.
  • All applications must be postmarked by May 1, 2024


Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

The program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education and/or fund their proposed ideas to strengthen and grow their union. Click here for more details.

Member Grants

To honor Robert G. Porter, the secretary-treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers from 1963 to 1991, the AFT awards implementation grants of $1,000 each to 10 accomplished AFT members who seek to implement ideas for their union about the role union members can play in collectively reclaiming the promise of a more just society for all. Porter was a union activist who dedicated his life to championing the rights of working people, promoting civil rights and ensuring that the union was a vehicle for enabling the growth of members' ability to achieve justice. Click here for more details.


Since 1991, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $5.6 million to students of working families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. More than 4,000 families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

The Union Plus Scholarship Program is offered through the Union Plus Education Foundation, supported in part by contributions from the provider of the  Union Plus Credit Card.  (You do not need to be a Union Plus Credit Card holder to apply for this scholarship.) Click here for more details.

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