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American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 4277 Scholarship

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 4277 Scholarship was established in 2013 and funded by matching grants from the AFT Local 4277 (American Federation of Teachers) Thomas Edison State University and its senior organization, the Council of New Jersey State College Locals, AFT/AFL-CIO.  AFT Local 4277 is comprised of the professional staff employees of Thomas Edison State University.  This scholarship is awarded to New Jersey residents who are active union members and currently enrolled in or seeking enrollment in a graduate program at Thomas Edison State University.

Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for this scholarship, the student must meet the following:

  • Academic Level: Graduate
  • Enrollment Status: Applicant or Enrolled
  • Type of degree/certificate: Any Graduate degree or certificate
  • Other Criteria:
    • New Jersey resident
    • Active member of a professional or trade union located in the State of New Jersey.

For more information on determining whether you are eligible for this scholarship, contact the University Scholarship Committee at .

Award Criteria: To be considered for an award, the student must meet the following:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria described on the respective scholarship's webpage.
  • Submit a completed Thomas Edison State University Scholarship Application during the application period.
  • Submit any required supplemental documentation before the end of the application period.
  • Students enrolled with the University at the time of scholarship application must have:
    • Completed a minimum of 12 Thomas Edison State University credits, with at least six hours being from Online or Guided Study courses.
    • A minimum Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0 at the time of application.
  • Students admitted to the University but not enrolled at the time of scholarship application (Applicants):
    • May have completed 0-11 Thomas Edison State University credits by any credit earning method.
    • Have a minimum Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0 in any credits completed.

Supplemental Documentation Required

  • Submit a copy of the applicant's current New Jersey Driver's License, Voter Registration Card, or other suitable documentation verifying New Jersey residency.
  • Submit a copy of the applicant's union membership card verifying active union membership in a New Jersey based union.
  • Submit supplemental documentation by email (preferred), fax, or mail to:

Fax: (609) 633-6489

Office of Financial Aid
Thomas Edison State University
111 West State Street
Trenton, NJ 08608

When are Scholarships Offered Next?

2020 Summer Award Period
Application Period: May 1 – May 31, 2020
Selection Period: June 1 – June 30, 2020
Notification and Recipient Acceptance Period: July 1 – July 15, 2020
Disbursement Period: Funds are available for use within 2 weeks of accepting the scholarship award.

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