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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 1, 2011

UUP scholarship applications open to SUNY students

United University Professions (UUP), the union that represents academic and professional faculty of the State University of New York, is inviting SUNY students to apply for $2,000 annual scholarships.

The UUP College Scholarship Fund awards are given annually to as many as four SUNY undergraduates who have displayed dedication to the goals and ideals of the labor movement. In order to qualify, students must be full-time undergraduates enrolled at a SUNY state-operated campus and have a minimum grade point average of 3.75.

UUP is also offering the William Scheuerman Post Baccalaureate Scholarship for a full-time graduate or professional SUNY student who exhibits dedication to the goals and ideals of the labor union movement. To qualify, applicants must be carrying a course load of a least nine credits, must have completed at least nine credits, and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. Law and health science students must have completed at least one full semester. The annual scholarship is named in honor of former UUP President William Scheuerman.

Students applying for both the undergraduate and graduate scholarships must also demonstrate personal as well as academic achievement along with a strong record of community service. Both types of scholarships are awarded on a one-time basis, but there is no limit on how many times a student may apply. The application deadline for this year is March 1, 2012.

The scholarship applications can be obtained and completed online by visiting UUP’s website at www.uupinfo.org/scholarships/scholarship.php. Applications are also available at UUP chapter offices located at each of SUNY’s 29 state-operated campuses, or at campus financial aid offices. Applications may also be obtained by calling UUP’s administrative office in Albany toll-free at (800) 342-4206.

UUP is the nation's largest higher education union, with more than 42,000 academic and professional faculty and retirees. UUP members work at 29 New York state-operated campuses, including SUNY’s public teaching hospitals and health science centers in Brooklyn, Long Island and Syracuse. It is an affiliate of NYSUT, the American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, and the AFL-CIO.

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