Press Release

Sewell, N.J., High School Graduate Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012


Tom Lansworth

WASHINGTON—Rebecca Caughron, a 2012 graduate of Washington Township High School in Sewell, N.J., 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, Caughron has been extremely active outside the classroom. A member of both the National Honor Society and the French National Honor Society, she also played the euphonium in the school wind ensemble. She served as dance specialist at a summer Jewish Community Camp and teaches kindergarten and first-grade classes in her synagogue's Hebrew school. She participated in a community-service program at Herzl Camp in Webster, Wis., volunteering at a nursing home, helping at an animal shelter and delivering food packages to low-income families.

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.

"I am excited to attend the College of New Jersey in the fall, where I will study computer engineering and mathematics," said Caughron. "I feel so honored to receive the Robert G. Porter Scholarship."

Her mother, Karen Caughron, is a member of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, Local 5131, at South Jersey Healthcare.

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.