As part of the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program, the AFT now offers four $8,000 scholarships to high-achieving high school seniors who are the dependents of AFT members, for college.
10 grants of $1,000 each are also available to AFT members from all divisions who are seeking continuing education in their field of work.
Applications are now available.
AFT Secretary-Treasurer Lorretta Johnson explains:
'Robert G. Porter was a dedicated union activist from the time he joined his first AFT local in East St. Louis, Illinois, until his death in 1991.
'For nearly four decades, the late AFT secretary-treasurer gave his all to education.
'Since its inception in 1993, the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program has awarded almost $500,000 to AFT members and their dependents to further their education.'
Download the applications here.
Many well-known Americans have been AFT members, including John Dewey, Albert Einstein, Hubert Humphrey and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel.
Watch AFT in action at a rally of thousands in DC in 2011 in the video to the left.
To request an application by mail, send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information, contact Bernadette Bailey, Coordinator, Robert G. Porter Scholars Program at 1-800-238-1133, ext. 4481.
The deadline for submitting the 2013 applications to the AFT is April 1.
This year’s winners will be announced by June 30 and will be recognized at the AFT TEACH Conference, July 22-24, in Washington, D.C.