WASHINGTON—Annalise Chapman, a 2013 graduate of The Ursuline School in New Rochelle, N.Y., is one of four highly accomplished high school graduates to receive a Robert G. Porter scholarship at the American Federation of Teachers national TEACH Conference.
Each year, the AFT presents an $8,000 scholarship to each of four outstanding high school seniors who are the children of AFT members. Recipients must show exemplary service to their community and plan to pursue a career in labor, education, health or government service.
In addition to excelling academically, Chapman, who lives with her family in Croton-on-Hudson, has been active outside the classroom. She served as president of the Amnesty International club, an activity that helped foster her interest in world affairs. She has been a regular volunteer at HOPE Community Services soup kitchen in New Rochelle for nearly four years. She was a staff member for her school's literary magazine and a member of the National Honor Society.
The Robert G. Porter Scholars Program is named in honor of the late AFT secretary-treasurer, who served for more than 30 years. Porter was known for his commitment to improving the quality of public education and public service.
Annalise Chapman plans to attend Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, in Canada, and to major in global development studies and gender studies. "This award will make such a difference for me, as it will help relieve my family of the heavy financial burden that higher education entails," she said. "My parents are so proud, and that, in turn, makes me even more grateful for the AFT's generosity."
Chapman is the daughter of Roy and Mary Chapman. Her mother is a member of the New Rochelle Federation of United School Employees, Local 280.