Benefits for AFGE Members

When you join the union, you have access to these AFGE benefits. These benefits are backed by the collective strength of over 10-million members of AFL-CIO unions. By using one or two of the programs, many members save as much as their annual dues.

These Money-Saving Benefits are Available Only to AFGE Members:

JNS Scholarship

How to Access This Benefit

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 "Education is the key to fulfilling our potential as union leaders and stewards of social change."

John Sturdivant
AFGE National President

AFGE's JNS Scholarship


John N. Sturdivant (JNS) served as President of the AFGE from 1988 to 1997. He was one of the first graduates from the college degree program at the George Meany Center in January 1980. And he strongly believed in the role of labor education in empowering union activists to become effective leaders and to build strong unions. Through John's vision, AFGE remains the largest federal sector union in the country.

The JNS Scholarship was established by the National Executive Board of the American Federation of Government Employees to honor the memory of former President John N. Sturdivant and his dream of developing effective union leaders and a stronger labor movement.


All members of AFGE in good standing and/or their dependents are eligible. All AFGE staff in good standing who have completed at least 1 year of service are eligible.

Application Process


Guidelines for the JNS Labor Scholarship
1. All applicants must be members in good standing of AFGE or a dependent of a member in good standing with AFGE.
2. The scholarship can only be used for students attending classes at the National Labor College
and towards the cost of tuition and books
3. The completed application must be sent to the Field Services and Education, Attn: Carolyn Williams, via fax at 202.777.3070 or email at
4. Scholarship recipients will be notified within 45 days from receipt of their application as to their award status.
5. Once awarded, the recipient is responsible for sending a copy of their tuition bill to Carolyn Wil-liams via fax or email. AFGE will submit a check to the NLC for 50% of the tuition cost (not to exceed $2,500 per semester or $5,000 per calendar year). The remaining balance must be paid by the recipient (student).
6. After successful completion of the course(s), the recipient must submit to the Field Services and Education department, Attn: Carolyn Williams, an official copy of their transcript and any tuition or book receipts for reimbursement.* Upon receiving such information, a check will first be sent to the NLC to pay for any outstanding tuition bill. Any remaining balance (up to $2,500 for the semester and not exceeding $ 5,000 per calendar year) will be sent to the student.
6. Applicants must apply for each semester they are requesting a scholarship.



Scholarship awards will be determined on a rolling basis; however, applicants are encouraged to apply early -- six weeks prior to the beginning of the applicants' academic term -- for greatest consideration.

updated 1/10/2013

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In DC: 639-6941

Programs are subject to change.

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