Every year AFT Massachusetts awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are dependents of AFT Massachusetts members. The awards, named in honor of former AFT leaders Albert Shanker and Sandra Feldman, and for long-time AFT MA field representative Jay Porter, are awarded on the basis of a labor history exam administered by the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.
Program eligibility and application
To be considered for a scholarship the student must be a dependent of an AFT MA member and a high school senior. The student must also attend a college or other post-secondary school in the fall of the following academic year.
The deadline for submitting applications is the second week of December (the official date is provided annually on the Calendar and in the AFT MA Advocate). To take the labor history exam, students should apply directly to their guidance office, social studies teacher, or principal. A packet including one labor history study guide and one application was sent to each high school in the state in November.
Once a student has submitted an application to AFT Massachusetts and notified a guidance counselor, he or she is considered registered for the exam.
Additional scholarships are also available through the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. Be sure to visit http://www.massaflcio.org/scholarship-program to learn about other opportunities.