Applications Open for 2015 - 2016 Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship

SUNY Empire State College is now accepting applications for the Morton Bahr Online Learning Scholarship for the coming academic year. The Bahr online scholarship supports the educational goals of union members and other workers by enhancing access to higher education through distance learning. Students who receive the scholarship will study online through Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning (

The scholarship, created in the name of president emeritus of the Communications Workers of America and college alumnus Morton Bahr, honors his far-seeing vision and commitment to educational opportunity. Since its inception in 2001, the Bahr scholarship has helped 66 students continue their education through distance learning. Union workers, family members and/or domestic partners interested in working toward a degree at Empire State College are eligible.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015, and award decisions will be announced by the end of June for fall enrollment. Scholarship awards fully cover tuition, fees and special services for part-time study.  New Bahr Scholar candidates are responsible for the cost of course materials.

Students in the program will be eligible for scholarship funding as long as they maintain satisfactory academic progress and enroll in four to eight credits in at least two terms per year. Once enrolled as a Bahr scholar, students also must apply for other federal, state, corporate or union financial aid for which they may be eligible.

Application Process

See a link to the application here. To submit one online or to download the form, visit To have an application mailed, candidates should send e-mail to or call 800 847-3000 ext 2492.