AFT Massachusetts Announces Recipients of 2020 Scholarship Awards

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Every year AFT Massachusetts awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are dependents of AFT Massachusetts members. AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos and Secretary-Treasurer Brant Duncan are thrilled to announce the recipients of the union’s 2020 Scholarship Awards.

The awards, named in honor of former AFT leaders Kathy Kelley, Albert Shanker and Sandra Feldman, and for long-time AFT Massachusetts field representative Jay Porter, are awarded on the basis of a labor history exam administered by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. The exam includes questions covering the history and structure of the labor movement in America, legislation affecting American workers, child labor laws, minimum wages, civil rights, safety and more, as well as a 500-word essay based on a current labor issue.

“Now more than ever, it’s important for young people to understand the role of labor unions in our country’s history,” said AFT Massachusetts President Beth Kontos. “AFT Massachusetts is proud to offer these college scholarships to students who are part of our union family.”

Here are this year’s winners:

Kathleen A. Kelley Scholarship Award

  • Tyler Nolan - Chelmsford High School

Albert Shanker Scholarship Award

  • Matthew Lyons - Framingham High School
  • Kian McCabe - Saugus High School
  • Mary McCloskey - Littleton High School
  • Louisa Sullivan - Braintree High School
  • Aine Powers - Holliston High School

Sandra Feldman Scholarship Award

  • Riley Birchall - North Andover High School
  • Andrew Wallace - Bishop Fenwick High School

Jay Porter Scholarship Award

  • Kyle McGinnis - Foxboro High School

Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2020 Scholarship Awards!