Press Release

High School Graduate from Sheboygan, Wis., Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Tom Lansworth

 WASHINGTON—Chloe VanDerWeele, a 2011 graduate of Sheboygan Lutheran High School in Sheboygan, Wis., is one of four highly accomplished high school graduates awarded a Robert G. Porter Scholarship today during the American Federation of Teachers’ TEACH conference.

Every year, the AFT presents an $8,000 scholarship to each of four exceptional 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, VanDerWeele has been extremely active outside the classroom. She was a member of the Student Council and her school’s Service Club. She was captain of the volleyball team and was named its most valuable player. Through the community-based Project Youth program, she volunteered as a mentor for children at a home for the underprivileged.

VanDerWeele plans to attend the University of Wisconsin, where she will study biology, with the long-term goal of becoming a dentist. Her father, Jack VanDerWeele, is a member of the Sheboygan Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals.

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.

The TEACH (Together Educating America’s Children) conference brings together AFT members from across the country for workshops, discussions and speakers addressing the issues and changes confronting U.S. educators.

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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.