Press Release

Waterford, Conn., High School Grad Wins Robert G. Porter Scholarship

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Tom Lansworth


WASHINGTON—Gabriel Morosky, a 2013 graduate of Waterford High School in Waterford, Conn., 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, Morosky has been active outside the classroom. He was the drummer in his school's jazz ensemble, a member of the Science Bowl team and a participant in Model United Nations. He has been a longtime volunteer at Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra concerts and also plays in his own folk band.

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.

Gabriel Morosky plans to attend Williams College. "I am proud to be recognized by the AFT," he said. "I am inspired by its devotion to improving education for all U.S. students, wherever they live and go to school, from early childhood through higher education."

Morosky is the son of Daniel and Cheryl Morosky. His mother is a member of the Waterford Federation of Classroom Teachers, Local 2038.

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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.