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2023 AFT Massachusetts Scholarship Program

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 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
“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.”
Program eligibility and application

  • To be considered for a scholarship the high school senior must be an AFT Massachusetts member or dependent of an AFT Massachusetts member. The student must also attend a college or other post-secondary school in the fall of the following academic year.
  • Scholarship Applications are due by December 16, 2022.
  • Click here and register today!
  • The scholarship exam will be given at high schools across Massachusetts between Monday, February 6, 2023 - Friday, February 10, 2023. Information regarding testing will be available at your guidance counselor's office. 
  • Visit to review and download the MA AFL-CIO Scholarship Exam study guide as well as to access the virtual lessons. quizzes and more! 

2022 Scholarship Winners


Kathleen A. Kelley Scholarship Award 

  • Charles Kirby – St. Johns Prep High School 

Sandra Feldman Scholarship Award 

  • Sara Chawkate – Tewksbury Memorial High School 
  • Abigail Wallace – Saugus High School

Jay Porter Scholarship Award 

  • Alexander Amaral – Bishop Fenwick High School 

Albert Shanker Scholarship Award 

  • Cullum Burgess – Lowell High School 
  • Max Gregoire – Tyngsboro High School 
  • Keira Comtois – Chelmsford High School  
  • Richard Petruccelli – Boston Latin High School 
  • Maeve Gaffny – North Andover High School 

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