Paying for a college education isn’t easy. That’s why the OCEA Board of Directors awards scholarships each year for dependents of OCEA members.

The Board offers three $2,500 college scholarships to be awarded in July. Applications can be downloaded by clicking here and are due by June 7, 2024. You can also scan and email the completed application and supporting materials to

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Applicant is a child or stepchild of an OCEA member; or
  • Applicant’s legal guardian is an OCEA member; or
  • Applicant’s financially responsible grandparent is an OCEA member.

To qualify, students must also be enrolled, or intending to enroll, in an accredited community college, college or university, or an accredited trade, vocational/technical school for the Fall 2024 quarter or semester.

A selection committee will review each student’s high school transcripts, current GPA and personal recommendations. Each applicant must also submit a 750-word essay describing how they would use their college education to improve the lives of working families. The essay will be the greatest determining factor in selecting scholarship winners.

The OCEA Board of Directors is committed to supporting the next generation of strong union leaders and these annual scholarships are a reflection of that commitment.