Boilermaker Scholarships

Dependents of Boilermaker members are eligible for scholarships of up to $5,000. Each year, the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers gives a total of $50,000 worth of scholarships to dependents of members, both in Canada and in the U.S.

Boilermaker scholarships are open to high school seniors who will be entering their first year of academic study at a degree-granting, accredited college or university within one year of their high school graduation and are dependents of Boilermaker members in good standing (includes son, daughter, legally adopted child or dependent of a member in good standing).

Scholarship awards are based upon a variety of factors, including academic achievement, extra-curricular and outside school activities, career goals, and performance on a typed essay.

Scholarship candidates must submit the following:

  1. The completed online Scholarship Application; (available Jan 1st)
  2. proof of relationship or dependency to a Boilermaker member;
  3. the results from their SAT and/or ACT test scores (for U.S. citizens only);
  4. the applicant's high school transcript; and
  5. a 350 word (minimum) to 500 word (maximum) typed essay on the following topic:

Describe why pension trusts are necessary to protect union families and expand upon which pension plan is the best way to achieve that: defined contributions or defined benefit.

Applications for the 2020 awards will be available online at the end of this year and will be accepted from January 1 to March 1, 2020. Applications submitted after the March 1, 2020 deadline cannot be considered.

Some local lodges have their own scholarship programs. Scholarships are also available through the Union Plus credit card program and some state and regional labor councils. For information on their scholarships, contact these organizations directly.


    Union Plus Credit Card offers scholarships

    The Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Program is open to members of unions that are participating in the credit card program, their spouses, and dependent children attending or planning to attend a four-year college or university, community college, technical college, or trade school.

    Union Plus Credit Card Scholarship Program applications are available beginning in September. Applications can be downloaded from the Union Plus website. Or, applicants can clearly print their name, return address, telephone number, and international union affiliation on a postcard and send it to: Union Plus Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 34800, Washington DC 20043-4800.

    Application deadline is January 31. Award winners will be announced on May 31. However, due to the high volume of applications, only winners will receive notification.

    All members are eligible to apply regardless of whether they carry a Union Plus Credit Card.