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 student must be a dependent of an AFT Massachusetts 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.
- Scholarship Applications are due by December 17, 2021.
- Click here and register today!
This school year's Labor History Exam will be administered between January 31 to February 3, 2022 and students are encouraged to contact their school counselor about the exam logistics. Click here to learn more about the exam and to review the Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor History Study Guide.
2021 AFT Massachusetts Recipients
- Nathaniel White -- Holliston High School
- Joel Jancewicz -- Amesbury High School
- Emily Gross -- Boston Latin Academy
- John Caponigro -- Swampscott High School
- Leah Cahill -- Billerica Memorial High School
- Kevin Carpenter -- Tyngsborough High School
- Kevin Toler -- Quincy High School
- Matthew Malnati -- Billerica Memorial High School
- Matthew Garrott -- Bishop Feehan High School
Congratulations to all the recipients of the 2021 Scholarship Awards!