The George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation was established to honor the key founder of AFTRA, George Heller, and now memorializes him as well as many other union members and executives who cared about and contributed to the union.
Scholarships are offered by the Foundation to SAG-AFTRA members and their dependents for academic study in any field including broadcast journalism and labor relations or for professional training in the arts.
Eligibility requires SAG-AFTRA membership in good standing for at least five years. The criteria for the limited number of scholarships available are academic excellence, financial need and acceptance/enrollment in a university, professional school or other accredited institution of higher education.
The deadline for submission of applications - including all required materials – is May 1st. Applications are carefully considered and award decisions are announced in June.
Up to 15 scholarships are provided each year with maximum award of $2,500. All scholarships are funded through tax-deductible contributions to the George Heller Memorial Scholarship Fund of the AFTRA Foundation.