Robert G. Porter Scholars Program
With input from AFT leaders, members and staff, and with the wholehearted approval and direction of the Porter family, the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program was established through a resolution passed by the AFT executive council in 1992.
There could be no finer way "to recognize the contributions and memory of Robert G. Porter, in perpetuity" than to foster the education of AFT members and their families, reasoned the drafters of the resolution.
A mix of national AFT contributions and voluntary contributions from AFT affiliates, members and friends make the scholars program possible for two purposes: to encourage members in good standing to learn more about labor or further their own career, and to support members' dependents.
All students must submit a well-researched essay as part of the application (see relevant application form for topic). As a measure of assistance, a list of relevant Web sites is recommended. Grant applicants must also submit an essay explaining how they would use the grant if awarded.
Vice President Ed Geppert, Jr. will oversee the program in his capacity as a member of the AFT Executive Council. Processing of the applications is coordinated by Bernadette Bailey, prior to final review by the Porter Scholars Program Selection Committee. This panel, led by Pat Porter Connoley, reviews and selects award recipients.
Program eligibility requirements
One-time $1,000 Grant
- Must be an AFT member in good standing for at least one year.
- Pursuing courses in their field of work.
- No full- or part-time AFT staff, state or local, may apply.
Four-year $8,000 Postsecondary Scholarship
- Must be an AFT member's dependent.
- Graduating high school senior.
- Parent or guardian must be an AFT member for at least one year.