Press Release

East Amherst, N.Y., High School Grad Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Tom Lansworth

WASHINGTON—Paul Meosky, a 2012 graduate of Williamsville East High School in East Amherst, 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 convention.

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 outstanding service to their community and plan to pursue a career in labor, education, health or government service.

In addition to excelling academically, Meosky has been extremely active outside the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society, he was lead actor in the Shakespeariment theater group, president of the concert band in which he played tenor saxophone, captain of the Science Olympiad team and editor-in-chief of the yearbook. He has been the lead organizer of the Jeffrey Modell Foundation Annual Picnic, a summer event for children being treated at the Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

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.

Paul Meosky will be attending Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., in the fall, where he plans to study public health policy and international health issues, with a goal of working for a global health agency such as the World Health Organization. "I am honored to receive the support of the AFT's Robert Porter scholarship, and I am enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead of me at Harvard where I hope to make my family, friends and teachers proud," Meosky said.

His mother, Helen Drew-Meosky, is a member of the United University Professions, Local 2190, and she is on the faculty at the School of Law at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

More than 3,000 delegates gathered July 27-30 at Cobo Center in Detroit for the AFT's biennial convention.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.