Scholarship Program

2018 Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program

For high school junior (11th grade/third year) students who will be completing or leaving high school and entering college in the fall of 2018.*

1. UWUA will now be accepting entries (either paper or online) from the children of active UWUA members who will be graduating high school in spring of 2018 and starting college that fall.

2.  Students entering their junior year of high school must register to take the PSAT/NMSQT as soon as they start back to school this fall.  That test is the entry point for the scholarship competition.

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The Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program

This scholarship program was established by Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, for sons and daughters of active UWUA members. The annual competition is conducted through the National Merit Scholarship Program by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), an independent, not-for-profit organization. NMSC’s purposes are (1) to identify and honor exceptionally able high school students and (2) to provide a system of services for corporations, foundations, and other organizations that wish to sponsor college undergraduate scholarships for outstanding students who interest them. All aspects of the selection of winners and the administration of their awards are handled by NMSC.

Who is eligible?

Only high school students who are sons and daughters of active members of UWUA can compete for these scholarships. Such students also must meet all requirements for participation in the National Merit Scholarship Program that are published in the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQTwhich is updated annually and distributed to students through their high schools.

To participate in the program, students must take the qualifying test, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) during the proper high school year. In general, students who spend the usual four years in grades 9 through 12 must take the PSAT/NMSQT when they are in their third year (grade 11/junior year). A participant also must be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law. The Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQTexplains these and other requirements for the competition, gives detailed information about the test (including sample questions and a complete practice test), and describes the scholarship programs NMSC administers.

* Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time should refer to the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT (or contact NMSC) about when to take the qualifying test.

How does a student enter the 2018 Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program?

To enter the competition for Utility Workers Union of America Scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2018:

  1. A 2018 Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program Entry Form must be completed and submitted by May 31, 2017. The Entry Form for the 2018 competition is provided in Entry Step 3 (Complete Entry Form).
  2. The student must take the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of 2016, on the date his/her school chooses for the administration. At the beginning of the 20162017 school year, the student should obtain a copy of the 2016Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT from the high school counselor and make arrangements with the school to take the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT.

If more than one parent is an active member of UWUA, each parent should submit an Entry Form for the same child.

Important information about the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT:

  • The 2016 PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test to enter the 2018 competition.  Scores from prior PSAT/NMSQT administrations (2015 or earlier) cannot be used for participation in the 2018 program.
  • The 2016 PSAT/NMSQT will be administered as follows:
Primary test date:     Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Saturday test date:    Saturday, October 15, 2016
Other test date:         Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • The 2018 Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program Entry Form can be submitted prior to the student taking the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT and/or receiving his/her official score report.
  • As a cosponsor of the examination, NMSC receives all 2016 PSAT/NMSQT scores and information students provide on their answer sheets.  Therefore, students do not need to report their 2016 PSAT/NMSQT scores to NMSC.
  • For more information about the PSAT/NMSQT or the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit NMSC’s website at

Unable to take the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT?

If a student does not take the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT because of illness, an emergency, or other extenuating circumstance (but meets all other participation requirements), he/she may still be able to enter the 2018 competition. To request information about possible arrangements for alternate testing, write directly to NMSC as soon as possible after the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT administration but no later than March 1, 2017. Do not delay; the earlier you write, the more options your child will have scheduling test dates.   Requests for alternate testing instructions may be sent by:

Fax:         (847) 866-5113, Attn: Scholarship Administration


Mail:       National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Attn: Scholarship Administration
1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200
Evanston, IL 60201-4897

Your fax or e-mail must be received or your letter postmarked on or before March 1, 2017, for your request to be considered.

How are winners selected?

All Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship winners in 2018 will be chosen from a group of candidates who (1) score high on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT and (2) are notified by NMSC in the fall of 2017 that they may receive further consideration for a scholarship by meeting several academic and other requirements set by NMSC. Scores from the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT will be used by NMSC as an initial screen of applicants in the 2018Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship Program. Entrants who advance in the competition will be contacted by NMSC on or before December 31, 2017. (Only those entrants who advance in the competition will be notified and receive materials from NMSC.) These students and their high school principals will complete applications that include biographical and academic information that must be filed with NMSC. Scholarship winners will be chosen on a competitive basis and without regard to family financial circumstances, gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. An NMSC committee of professionals trained in selection will choose the winners by evaluating several factors about each eligible candidate; these include academic record throughout high school, significant activities and contributions to the school and community, test scores, the school’s recommendation of the candidate, and the student’s essay about personal characteristics, activities, plans, and goals. In most cases, winners will be notified by NMSC in March of 2018. All winners are notified directly, prior to any public announcement that may be made about recipients.

What is the amount of the award?

The stipend for each Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship winner is determined individually by NMSC and can range from $500 to a maximum of $2,000 per year for up to four years of college undergraduate study or until baccalaureate degree requirements are completed, whichever occurs first. The amount of the stipend takes into account educational costs of the college to be attended, family financial circumstances, and other scholarship aid the winner receives. NMSC may increase or decrease the winner’s annual stipend, within the minimum and maximum limits set for the scholarship, if there is a change in the college to be attended, a change in other scholarship aid received, and/or significant changes in family finances.

Are there requirements that scholarship winners must meet?

Yes. The formal Utility Workers Union of America Scholarship offer that NMSC sends to each winner specifies terms for acceptance and continuation of the award. A winner must enter college in the fall term following selection and must enroll as a full-time undergraduate in a college or university in the United States that holds accredited status with a regional accrediting commission on higher education. (Scholarship stipends are not payable for attendance at service academies, virtual universities, and certain institutions that are limited in their purposes or training.) Also, the winner must attend college during the day, enroll in a course of study leading to one of the traditional baccalaureate degrees, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Who handles scholarship procedures?

All phases of the competition, including the selection of winners and payment of scholarship stipends are handled for Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO, by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

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Questions may be addressed to:

Stacy Paulo
Assistant to the National Treasurer
Utility Workers Union of America, AFL-CIO
1300 L Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 899-2851