The Illinois Federations of Teachers supports the continuing education of high school seniors by awarding two scholarships annually. The scholarships were established by the IFT to assist students with pursuing education beyond high school and to promote an understanding of the labor movement in young people that will endure for generations to come. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria and strict, unique deadlines, so applicants should review the application forms and eligibility requirements carefully before applying.
The deadline for the 2017 Porter Scholarship is Friday, December 9, 2016. Information and an application are available here.
Winners will be announced in the spring of 2017.
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education. Visit the AFT website for additional information.
Chicago Federation of Labor William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship
The Chicago Federation of Labor will offer five (5) academic-based scholarships and five (5) random-drawing scholarships in the amount of $2,000 to students graduating from a Chicago or suburban high school. Students or their parents must belong to a union affiliated with the Chicago Federation of Labor and may apply in only one of the two categories.
Applications are available in January each year, and the deadline to apply is February 15. More information as well as the applications can be found on the CFL website.
Union Plus Scholarship
Sponsored by the Union Plus Education Foundation. The program is open to members, spouses and dependent children of unions participating in any of the Union Plus programs.
Winners are chosen based on academic achievement and potential, character, leadership, social awareness, career goals and financial need. Applications are judged by a committee of impartial post-secondary educators.
The deadline for the 2017 Union Plus Scholarship is Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Find the 2017 Union Plus Application here.