Press Release

Pittsburgh High School Grad Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Tom Lansworth


WASHINGTON—Rosalie Daniels, a 2013 graduate of Winchester Thurston School in Pittsburgh, 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, Daniels has been active outside the classroom. Her interest in international relations led her to be a founding member of her school's Model United Nations club. She was junior-senior editor on the yearbook staff, and a leader in the Environmental Club. Last year, she was selected with nine other Pittsburgh teenagers and four teachers to travel to Nepal and Sri Lanka for a U.S. State Department Leadership Summit.

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.

Rosalie Daniels plans to attend Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service. "I am honored to be a recipient of one of this year's Porter scholarships," she said, "and I am thankful to my mother and the AFT for helping me to pursue my goals in higher education."

Daniels is the daughter of James Daniels and Kristin Kovacic. Her mother is a member of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers, Local 400.


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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.