SHBP Offers Scholarship Funds

 

January 2015

 

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Union members and their dependents hoping to further their education now have three avenues through which they may obtain the booklet required to apply for financial assistance offered by the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan’s (SHBP) 2015 Scholarship Program.


First, as has been the case in the past, prospective applicants may request these booklets via mail by clipping, completing and mailing the form located in the January 2015 issue of the Seafarers LOG. Secondly, they may obtain the booklets by visiting any SIU hall. Finally, applicants may obtain the booklet online by visiting www.seafarers.org, going to the Member Benefits tab, navigating to the Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan menu and selecting Scholarship Booklet 2015 (PDF).


Each year the SHBP makes scholarships available to qualified individuals. The 2015 program will offer eight awards totaling $132,000. Three scholarships will be designated for Seafarers while five will be targeted for spouses and dependents.


One of the endowments reserved for Seafarers totals $20,000 and is intended to help defray the costs associated with attending a four-year, college-level course of study. The remaining two are in the amount of $6,000 each and are designed as two-year awards for study at a postsecondary vocational school or community college. Each of the five scholarships for spouses and dependents is for $20,000.

 

Now is an ideal time to begin the application process. The first step is to obtain the scholarship program booklet referenced earlier. This package contains eligibility information, procedures for applying for the scholarships and an application form.


Once the scholarship booklet has been received, applicants should check the eligibility
criteria. They should also begin collecting and assembling the remainder of the paperwork needed to submit with the full application, which must be received by April 15, 2015.


Seafarers and dependents who previously applied for the scholarship program and were not selected are encouraged to apply again this year, provided they still meet the eligibility requirements.

 

Don’t let the rapidly increasing costs of higher education prevent you from realizing your goals. The SHBP Scholarship Program can make the same difference for you that it has made for other Seafarers and dependents. In the last 10 years alone, the SHBP has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 76 college-bound individuals: 21 Seafarers and 55 dependents.

 


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