Scholarships

Our union offers several college scholarship opportunities through our Local union, SEIU Healthcare MN. Eligibility criteria vary for each scholarship, so check each one.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Scholarships

Our Local offers six scholarship opportunities, awarded twice per year (spring/fall) for use at any accredited post-secondary institution.

  • Two $1,000 scholarships to further the education of a SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member through the “Mindy Tomfohrde Scholarship Fund“;
  • Two $1,000 scholarships to further the education of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members 30 years old or younger through the “Got Your Back Fund“;
  • One $1,000 scholarship to further the education of a spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, or legal ward of a member through the “Cecelia Razook Memorial Scholarship“; and
  • One $1,000 scholarship to further the education of a non-member involved in organizing around social and economic justice fights in Minnesota, through the “Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund“.

Awards are made payable jointly to the winners and the educational institution as indicated. Read the descriptions below to see if you are eligible!

Mindy Tomfohrde Scholarships: Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded twice per year to members in good standing for their continuing education through the “Mindy Tomfohrde Scholarship Fund.” The applicant must be a SEIU Healthcare MN member in good standing as of the time of the scholarship drawing. Scholarship applicants must submit a 500 words essay on the following topic: “What are the advantages for workers in Joining a Union?”

Got Your Back Scholarships: Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded twice per year to younger SEIU members, who are facing greater economic challenges than any generation since the great Depression. Applicants must be 30 years old or younger as of time of application, and must be members in good standing as of the time of the scholarship drawing. Scholarship applicants must submit a 500 words essay on the following topic: “How does the decline of union membership affect Workers’ Rights?”

Cecelia Razook Memorial Scholarship: One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded twice per year for the continuing education of spouses, children, grandchildren, stepchildren, or legal wards of members in good standing through the “Cecilia Razook Scholarship Fund”  The SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member must be in good standing as of the time of the scholarship drawing. Scholarship applicants must submit a 500 words essay on the following topic: “What does SEIU Healthcare Minnesota mean to your family?”

Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship: One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded twice per year to a non-member involved in organizing around social and economic justice fights in Minnesota, nominated by a member in good standing, as of the time of the scholarship drawing, through the “Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund.” Scholarship applicants must submit a 500 words essay on the following topic: “How do politics and legislation impact the ability to organize unions?”

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
Applicants must be SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members in good standing, the child of a member in good standing, or nominated by a member in good standing. No academic performance standards or records are required for eligibility. Please submit only one application per person. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. Applicants are not eligible to win multiple awards in any one given year. The applicant (or his/her parent) must be an active member at the time that winners are announced.

SELECTION PROCESS:
Winners are to be selected by lottery at the Quarter 1 Executive Board meeting and the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Annual Member Convention. Applicants will be notified of the results by mail.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • To download applications, click on the appropriate scholarship above OR call 651-294-8100.
  • Complete and submit the application form to SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, Scholarship Department, 345 Randolph Ave, Suite 100, St. Paul, MN 55102 OR email to mac@seiuhealthcaremn.org.
  • APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN January 31 and August 31, of the current year.
  • The Officers, Executive Board members, and staff of SEIU Healthcare MN are not eligible.

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