Free Associate Degree Program

Getting your Associate Degree can be free… Yes, free!

Think college is too expensive? Think again. If you are a UFCW member, retiree or relative, you can go to college free of charge. All you need is UFCW membership (or a family member who's part of our union) and proof of high school graduation or GED completion.

Visit here to learn more about the UFCW Free College Benefit:

UFCW International Charity Foundation Scholarship

A Better Life Through Your Union

Every year the UFCW SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM offers scholarships to UFCW members or their immediate family members who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and to UFCW values.  Since 1958, the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships.*

Past winners have gone on to make significant contributions to society and to the UFCW – entering a range of fields including public service, medicine, law, business and teaching.  Many have returned to the UFCW as staffers, organizers, and community activists who contribute to our mission.

The UFCW Charity Foundation Scholarship begins receiving applications on February 14 and will be available online from February 14 – May 15, 2022. Click here for more information. 

The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for themselves. It is about creating opportunity. That is why each year the UFCW Charity Foundation awards several scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20. UFCW employed officers, staff and their immediate families are not eligible.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”  The UFCW is about workers coming together to build better lives for themselves.  It is about creating opportunity.  That is why each year the UFCW Charity Foundation awards several scholarships of up to $8,000 each to UFCW members or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20.  UFCW employed officers, staff, and their immediate families are not eligible.

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*UFCW-employed officers and staff, and their immediate families are not eligible for this program. Only Scholarship recipients will be notified via mail. Recipients’ names will be posted on the UFCW Charity Foundation Website, Email with questions.

Steve Fricke Memorial College Scholarship

The Steve Fricke Memorial Scholarship will award up to twenty $1,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 Academic Year!

Scholarship program is open to members of UFCW Local 75, their dependent children, legal wards, and spouses. 


  1. Members in continuous good standing for at least 12 months immediately preceding January 1, 2022, their dependent children, legal wards, and spouses are eligible to apply, subject to the following additional provisions:
  2. High School applicants must graduate by June 2022.
  3. College undergraduates must not graduate prior to June 2022.
  4. Employees of UFCW Local 75, Heartland Health and Wellness Fund, UFCW Intl. Union, and their families are not eligible.
  5. Current or previous winners of UFCW Local 75/911/1099 or UFCW International Union Scholarships are not eligible.
  6. No more than one grantee shall be selected from one family (household) during a single year. 


  1. Applicants shall complete the UFCW Local 75 Foundation, Inc. Steve Fricke Scholarship Application.
  2. Completed applications must be received no later than June 30th, 2022.
  3. Scholarship winners and their photographs may be published in UFCW Local 75 Rally Magazine, or on the UFCW Local 75 website or social media outlets.
  4. Scholarship checks will be made payable JOINTLY to the scholarship recipient and educational institution. 

Winners are selected at the sole discretion of UFCW Local 75 Foundation, Inc. or its designee. Applications are available from your Union Representative or download/print and submit this form: (APPLICATION) to your representative via email at 

Questions? Contact us at or 

1-877-665-0075, ext. 3011

Free Bachelor's Degree Program

UFCW has now expanded its free college degree program to include Bachelor’s degrees! 

College can be free for UFCW members and their families. The UFCW Free College Benefit could help you earn a Bachelor’s degree in Teacher Education, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, among others. Just one more reason it truly pays to be a UFCW member!

Visit here to learn more about requirements and eligibility:

*This is a benefit only for eligible union members and their families. 

Child Care Family Enrichment Reimbursement Scholarships

Scholarship Programs to help members with the cost of child care and extracurricular activities!

Scholarship Details
Up to [10] $250 Child Care Reimbursement scholarships and up to [25] $100 Family Enrichment reimbursement scholarships will be awarded in March, June, September, and December.

Eligibility Requirements
Must be a UFCW Local 75 member in good standing for at least 90 days prior to being awarded a scholarship. Winners must remain members in good standing to collect their scholarship.

FOR CHILD CARE: Member must be the parent or legal guardian of (a) dependent child(ren) enrolled in full-time or part-time child care. Child care must be provided during the member's working hours from a licensed care center or provider or legally certified child care provider.

FOR FAMILY ENRICHMENT: Member must be the parent or legal guardian of (a) dependent child(ren) enrolled in an extracurricular or community program that supplements that dependent's core education, including but not limited to: sports, souting, music and arts, dance class, school clubs, lessons, tutoring, etc.

Complete rules and regualtions are included with the application.

Applications are available from your Union Representative and online at

Click here for the Child Care Application

Click here for the Family Enrichment Application