Achieve your education dreams with these opportunities for UFCW members and family. UFCW Local 663 values free and affordable education for our members’ families. Here are some resources to find a path to higher education that works for you and your pocketbook.
The UFCW Free College Benefit ensures that UFCW members and their families do not have to pay out of pocket for any tuition, fees or e-books at Eastern Gateway Community College—resulting in cost savings of thousands of dollars!
The Free College Benefit covers any amount for tuition, fees or books that is not covered by federal or employer education grants.
Children (or stepchildren), grandchildren (or step-grandchildren), spouses, domestic partners, and financial dependents of UFCW members are eligible for the UFCW Free College Benefit. Retired UFCW members are also eligible.
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UFCW Local 663 recognizes how important education is for the future growth of the young people in this country. We are again awarding education grants to our members or their dependents to further their education. The winners will receive a one-time educational grant to be applied to the verified school for tuition, book, or room and board. The only qualification is that the student will be attending a community or technical college or university. The winners will be chosen at random during the July 2020 Executive Board meeting from applications submitted. Winners will be notified in writing after drawing has taken place.
Applications must be received in the union office by June 29, 2020.
UFCW members can use this benefit to learn a foreign language for free online and at their own pace. All lessons are self-guided. The program gives members access to online classes to learn Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, and over 70 other different languages, including 20 different ESL courses.
The online classes build on four conversational skills necessary to fully learn a new language: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Seats in this program are limited and will be given on a first come, first served basis. If the program is full, you will be placed on a wait list until a seat opens up for you.
At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the UFCW education helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UFCW members can take General Equivalency Diploma (GED) classes for free through Essential GED. This GED program offers a customized learning plan, so that you’ll be able to successfully prepare yourself to pass the GED test, regardless of when you last went to school. This program also allows you to study at your own pace – all classes are self-guided and can be completed from your phone or tablet.
If you are interested in using this benefit, please click on the button below to fill out the form online. It may take a few days to verify your UFCW membership. However, once confirmed, you’ll receive an email that explains how to login and begin taking free online GED classes. At this time, this benefit is only available to UFCW members and retirees.
Every Year the UFCW Scholarship Program offers scholarships to members or immediate family who want to further their education and demonstrate a commitment to their communities and UFCW values. Since 1958 the fund has distributed more than $2 million in scholarships. In 2020 the UFCW Charity Foundation will award several scholarships, up to $8,000 each, to UFCW member or their unmarried dependents under the age of 20.
The UFCW Charity Foundation will accept online applications beginning February 10, 2020 thru May 10, 2020. Please email email@example.com with questions or call 1-800-551-4010.
Each year, scholarships up to $2,500 are given to students enrolled in community, technical, undergraduate, or graduate studies. Students are eligible for consideration for up to two years for community, technical, and graduate studies, and up to four years or undergraduate work at a university. Applications must be postmarked by June 1.
Local 663 is a Sponsor of the United Latinos and our members are eligible for the John Rene Rodriguez Memorial scholarship Fund. The John Rene Rodriguez Memorial scholarship Fund was established by the Rodriguez family and is administered through the United Latinos of U.F.C.W. The Fund benefits U.F.C.W members and their dependents that pursue a higher education and need financial assistance to pursue those goals. The Scholarship Fund will award one (1) academic scholarship annually at a minimum of $1,000.
Each year, the application deadline is January 31 and chosen scholarship recipients' names are announced May 31. All applicants are notified when the award winner list is posted in early June.
The Martin Duffy Adult Learner Scholarship is a $500 tuition scholarship awarded to Union members of Minnesota AFL-CIO (not high school graduating dependents). All scholarship funds are applicable only to accredited educational institutions. Awards will be made payable jointly to the winners and the educational institutions as indicated. Only winners will be notified. Winners must use the scholarship within one year of receipt of notification letter. The application must be postmarked no later than April 30 of the current year. Sponsored and funded by the Minnesota AFL-CIO. Please call Labor Education Service at 612-624-5020 for additional information.
The Tobey Lapakko Labor Leadership Grant is available to women who are union members in good standing; the Charles McKenna Leadership Grant is available to men who are union members in good standing. Grants are available for members of affiliated unions seeking to develop their abilities and skills as union leaders. The grants help defray the cost of classes, programs or conferences sponsored or endorsed by the AFL-CIO or affiliated organizations. The Minnesota AFL-CIO Education Committee determines recipients and grant amounts. If you have any questions, please contact Chris Shields at 651-227-7647.
Thanks to grocery store workers who come into work and risk their lives to help the community and put food on our plates so I want…...[+] MORE"– Regis
May 4, 2020 Dear Grocery Store Workers, I would like to thank you for the courage you have to go to work every day. You are…...[+] MORE"– Yara Rios-Qurioga
Major kudos, thanks, and tons of gratitude to Jennifer working as a cashier at Cub in Brooklyn Center! She was so patient and…...[+] MORE"– Susan
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Thank you to my students' parents, who work in grocery stores and keep families fed!...[+] MORE"– Melanie Goldberg
Just wanted to reply with a heartfelt and mindful message of gratitude for all your efforts advocating for me and all my fellow…...[+] MORE"– anon
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Major kudos, thanks, and tons of gratitude to Star working as a cashier at Cub in Bloomington! She was so patient and helpful…...[+] MORE"– Jessica
I Appreciate All of my staff at the Eden prairie store! We have been working non-stop-and I couldn’t get through this hard time…...[+] MORE"– Kerri Shay
Thank you for everything you do! In this critical time grocery workers ARE emergency workers!!...[+] MORE"– Casey Hudek
you selfless workers should be praised beyond words for your help to us all it allow our families to get all they need to items we…...[+] MORE"– jean
there are no words of gratitude honoring each and everyone of our grocery workers ESPECIALLY CUB FOODS...[+] MORE"– ronnie
Cub foods is a great employee and creates a solid team in its store who support each other and to be there as a team to keep…...[+] MORE"– Linda Gervais
Thank you SO much for everything you are doing for our communities. You are all so appreciated. Stay safe and be well....[+] MORE"– Shelby L
Thank you to all of you working extra hours, stocking shelves, putting up with A-HOLE customers and being you! You’re some of…...[+] MORE"– AJ Wentzlaff
Proud of my cub team. Stay strong stay safe. I love you all...[+] MORE"– Ashley Krohn
Thank you for all the hard work that you are doing during this time! You are appreciated! you are ensuring that people have food…...[+] MORE"– Carrie Monroe
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Dear President Utecht, Thank you for your email and for guiding and fighting for our union members during this unprecedented time…...[+] MORE"– Monica Hays
Thank you so much for the State Fair tickets!! My family had a great time and the weather was perfect!! We really appreciate it,…...[+] MORE"– Lori O, Cub Foods Maple Grove
Just a note to thank you so very much for the State Fair tickets you sent us. My wife and I had a great time. The weather was…...[+] MORE"– Chuck and Vicki Johnson
Dear UFCW Local 663, Thank you so much for the $100 gift card. Your kindness and thoughtfulness is appreciated. My bout with…...[+] MORE"– Beth Smith
Hello Staff of 663, This note is very late getting to you, so please accept my apologies. It means so much to our family that you…...[+] MORE"– Kelly Lego and Family
I thought I would send you a quick note to say that I just received my first pension check. Hopefully the first of many. I…...[+] MORE"– Jim Kammerer
Thank you very much for the Wild Tickets. It was my first game and I had a lot of fun....[+] MORE"– Kayla Brisk
Dear Mr. Utecht and UFCW Local 663, We wanted to thank you very much. Our daughter, Jaclyn Zirbes, who has worked at the Chaska…...[+] MORE"– Mary Jo and John Zirbes
Matt Utecht and UFCW Local 663, I wanted to thank you so much for the $1000 Educational Grant that I received. I was so excited…...[+] MORE"– Jaclyn Zirbes
Thank yo uso much for the 4 State Fair tickets. We went on Friday, August 31, with out daughter, Joy, who is an art teacher. She…...[+] MORE"– Suzy Blewett
Thank you so very much for the State Fair tickets. We went the first day....[+] MORE"– Deb Woodruff
Thank you so very much for the 4 tickets to the MN State Fair. I had a wonderful time....[+] MORE"– Diane Radde
Workers Union Local 653, I want to thank you for the State Fair tickets from the drawing last month. We has a great time!...[+] MORE"– Sandy Drake
Thank you for the MN Zoo tickets. We had a great time. Perfect weather. And we rode a camel too! So thank you again....[+] MORE"– Jim Cagle and Gary Peterson
Thank you very much for the State Fair tickets. I am really looking forward to going this year. I love the food! Thanks again....[+] MORE"– Susan Hernandez
Thank you very much for the MN State Fair tickets! I am looking forward to attending the State Fair with my family. The fair is…...[+] MORE"– Karina Monson
Thank you very much for the $1000 educational grant! Being an employee of the Eagan Lunds & Byerlys store I have been working very…...[+] MORE"– Karina Monson
Thank you for the State Fair tickets. Can't believe it is that time of the year again. We will enjoy all the sights and smells…...[+] MORE"– Mary Ann Mingo
Thank you so much for your generous donation of Twins Tickets and for hosting a table! I know all of the associates had a…...[+] MORE"– Innsbruck Foundation
Thank you for the 4 fair tickets. I will enjoy the fair....[+] MORE"– David Belille
Matt and everyone at Local 663, Thank you for the Wild tickets you donated to my daughter in laws breast cancer benefit. I…...[+] MORE"– Nancy Brazil
Matt Utecht and staff, Many thanks for the State Fair tickets and Renaissance Festival tickets you sent us. Our family had a…...[+] MORE"– Chuck & Vicki Johnson and Family
Thank you so much for the State Fair tickets. My family had an awesome time at the fair. Thanks for all the things you do for us…...[+] MORE"– Elsie Nelson
Thanks so much for the MN Zoo Tickets! My daughter and I went last week and had a great time. Loved seeing all the animals,…...[+] MORE"– Sue Godfrey- Rockford Rd
Thank you for the two tickets that I won on the MN United FC Soccer game on May 12th. I was able to use the tickets and bring…...[+] MORE"– Jaclyn Zirbes
Thank you so much for the MN Zoo Tickets. I will surely appreciate a fun day at the zoo!...[+] MORE"– Carolyn Essmann
Thank you for the zoo tickets. I can't remember the last time I went there (Probably as a chaperone for a field trip). Now my…...[+] MORE"– Mary Ann Mingo
I just want to thank you for all the tickets I received in the past. The grandkids and I have a great time with all of them.…...[+] MORE"– Dorothy
Thanks for donating the Bears vs Vikings tickets. I was lucky enough to win and the seats were awesome! I took my sister who is a…...[+] MORE"– Wendy Eck
Thank you so much for the great seats to the MN Wild game on 12-27. It was a hard-fought game against the Dallas Stars whom we…...[+] MORE"– Joanne and Dan Irvin
UFCW Local 663 - Thank you so much for the Kowalski’s gift cards that I won. I was very surprised, thanks again....[+] MORE"– Jane
Thank you so much for the gift cards I received at the Health Fair. I thought the Health Fair was a huge success. It was…...[+] MORE"– Carol
UFCW Local 663 - Thank you for the educational grant, it is much needed and will be put towards my expenses here at NDSU....[+] MORE"– Andrea
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the circus tickets. It was a generous gift and much appreciated. It was a…...[+] MORE"– Mary
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