Les Best Scholarship Program

View the 2018 Les Bes Scholarship recipients.

OCSEA Les Best ScholarshipThe Les Best Scholarship helps OCSEA members and their families pay for education. A total of $12,000 will be awarded for the 2019/2020 academic year.


Members' College Scholarship ($500-$1,000 each)
To be considered for the Members' scholarship, the applicant must be a dues-paying OCSEA member and enrolled at least part-time in an undergraduate degree program for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants for this scholarship are also automatically considered for one of two $250 awards through the Pat Callanan-Castro Memorial Book Scholarship.

Dependents' College & Vocational Scholarship ($1,000-$2,000 each)
To be considered for the Dependents' scholarship, the applicant must be the dependent child of a dues-paying OCSEA member and enrolled full-time at a college, vocational school or union apprenticeship for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Spouses' College Scholarship ($500-$1,000 each)
To be considered for the Spouses' scholarship, the applicant must be married to a dues-paying OCSEA member and enrolled at least part-time in an undergraduate degree program for the 2019-2020 academic year.

How to apply

Complete and return the following items to OCSEA by April 30, 2019:

  • Download Application
    - Members Scholarship Application
    - Dependent Scholarship Application
    - Spouse Scholarship Application
  • Essay
    Submit a typed, 500-1,000 word essay in response to prompt:

    “Please compare the advantages and benefits of being a union employee versus an employee  without a union. How do these advantages and benefits affect entire communities in Ohio?”
    The scholarship essays are a major part of the selection process. You are encouraged to draw from personal experiences. Examples that demonstrate how this issue would have affected working American families like yours are helpful.

  • Proof of enrollment
    Send a copy of your acceptance letter or other proof of enrollment for the Fall 2019 semester to OCSEA. If you have not yet been accepted, please send proof of your application and the estimated date you will be notified of your acceptance.

  • Academic or professional reference
    Ask a person who can be a reference (whether it be a supervisor, college advisor, course instructor or professor) to complete the academic/professional reference form. They may either return it to you to send in with the rest of your application materials or they may send it directly to OCSEA.

  • Transcript (Dependents' scholarship only)
    All students applying for the Dependents' scholarship must send a transcript from the high school or college they are currently attending. Please allow your school at least two weeks to process your request.

  • Test scores (Dependents' scholarship only)
    Graduating high school seniors must submit either ACT or SAT scores if they plan to enroll in an undergraduate degree program. Test scores are not required for students enrolling in vocational or trade schools. If test scores are recorded on your high school transcript, it is sufficient to simply highlight the results and eliminate the step of sending the scores separately. Applicants may also send a photocopy of their scores to OCSEA.

  • Selection Process 

    A a group of distinguished educators and labor union representatives not affiliated with OCSEA comprise the Scholarship Selection Committee. This independent committee will select the eight to ten scholarship recipients in June. Their decisions are final. To receive consideration, all completed application packets must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 30, 2019.

Send applications and supporting materials to

You may also mail the application to:
OCSEA Les Best Scholarship Fund
390 Worthington Road, Suite A
Westerville, Ohio 43082

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019. Applicants will receive a response by July 2019.

More Information

For more information, download the LES BEST BROCHURE 2019 or call OCSEA at 614-865-4733.

Other Scholarships

AFSCME Scholarships
The American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME), OCSEA's national affiliate, offers several scholarship programs to union members and their children.

Union Plus Scholarship Program
Current and retired OCSEA members, their spouses and dependent children are eligible to apply for the Union Plus Scholarship.