Les Best Scholarship Program

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 2017/2018 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 2017-2018 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 child of a dues-paying OCSEA member and enrolled full-time at a college, vocational school or union apprenticeship for the 2017-2018 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 2017-2018 academic year.

How to apply

Complete and return the following items to OCSEA by April 30, 2017:

  • Download Application
    - Members Scholarship Application
    - Dependent Scholarship Application
    - Spouses Scholarship Application
  • Essay
    Submit a typed, 500-1,000 word essay in response to prompt: The right to vote is a basic democratic right in this country. But some politicians have made it more difficult for some people to vote. What are some of the ways Ohio politicians have suppressed the vote in this state? Why are voter suppression efforts a danger to democracy? What are some ways to ensure that everyone’s vote counts? 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 2017 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.
    - Members Reference Form
    - Dependent Reference Form
    - Spouse Reference Form
  • 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.

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, 2017. Applicants will receive a response by July 2017.

More Information

For more information, download the LES BEST BROCHURE 2017 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.