December 2013 Advocate – Union Scholarships

Union college scholarships available to children of AFT 1493 members


The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1000.

    Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice. Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education. Students who received scholarships as high school seniors are not eligible for another scholarship during college.

    The program began in 1997 when delegates to the CFT Convention voted to establish scholarships that could help children and dependents of members achieve their higher education goals. The program was named after inspirational CFT leader Raoul Teilhet. Teilhet served the organization as president from 1968 to 1985. Eligibility is available to high school seniors and continuing college students and includes dependents of deceased CFT members.

Raoul Teilhet Scholarships

Links to applications:

Deadline to submit applications: January 10

Deadline to submit applications: July 1

For more information or to get a hard copy of an application mailed to you, contact the AFT 1493 office at x 6491.

    More scholarships and professional grants are available to members and their dependents through the AFT and the AFL-CIO.  See the Porter and Union Plus Scholarhip programs described in the right column.

Robert G. Porter Scholarship Program

    The AFT awards four $8000 scholarships to high school seniors who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 20 continuing education grants of $1000 to AFT members. Application deadline: March 31. To learn more, email, phone (800) 238-1133 extension 4457, or go to the Porter Scholars web page.

Union Plus Scholarship Program

    The AFL-CIO offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $4000 to union members, their spouses, and their dependents who are enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education. Scholarships are also available to graduate students. Application deadline: January 31. Learn more from the Union Plus Scholarship web page.