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AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
This 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. Grants can be used for continuing education and also for implementing programs or introducing tools in the classroom, workplace and/or community. Program eligibility requirements include:

  • The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program for high school students in open to graduating high school seniors.
  • Applicants must have at least one parent or legal guarding who is an AFT member.
  • The AFT member whose child or legal dependent applies for a scholarship must be a member in good standing for at least one year.
  • Children or legal dependents of AFT national, state or local union staff are not eligible for this scholarship opportunity.

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Union Plus Scholarships

Union Plus Scholarships are presented annually to union members or members of their families who want to begin or continue their post-secondary education. Scholarship amounts range from $500-$4,000, and students may re-apply each year. Program eligibility requirements include:

  • Current and retired members of participating unions, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations).
  • At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant's spouse or parent (if applicant is dependent).
  • The one-year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31 of the scholarship year.

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Wisconsin Labor History Society High School Essay Contest

All Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) are eligible to participate in a High School Essay Contest conducted annually by the Wisconsin Labor History Society. The high school students are asked to write an essay of approximately 750 words on the following theme: “Unions have been important to my family and my community because …” and up to eight cash prizes are awarded for the best. The prizes will include one $500 first-place prize, one $300 second-place prize, one $200 third-place prize, and up to five $100 prizes for honorable mention.

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