Press Release

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

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Tom Lansworth

WASHINGTON—Julia Conrad, a 2012 graduate of John Jay High School in Cross River, 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, Conrad, who lives with her family in Katonah, has been extremely active outside the classroom. A runner, she was on the girls' cross-country and track team for four years and served as a captain during her senior year. She was a Student Council member and secretary of the class of 2012. She has made two trips to Nicaragua with Bridges to Community, a school organization that travels there during spring break to build housing. Conrad also volunteered as a tutor for elementary students and at the Katonah Museum of Art.

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.

Julia Conrad plans to attend the University of Delaware, where she has enrolled in the Honors Program and will major in environmental studies and English or art. "It is an honor to receive this scholarship," Conrad said. "It helps make it possible for me to pursue my interests as I continue my education, and it is especially meaningful since my parents are educators."

Both of her parents are public school teachers. Her mother, Sally J. Conrad, is a member of the Bedford Teachers Association, Local 2492, and her father, Thomas J. Conrad, is a member of the Scarsdale Teachers Association, Local 2989.

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.