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Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

About the program

With input from AFT leaders, members and staff, and with the wholehearted approval and direction of the Porter family, the Robert G. Porter Scholars Program was established through a resolution passed by the AFT executive council in 1992.

There could be no finer way "to recognize the contributions and memory of Robert G. Porter, in perpetuity" than to foster the education of AFT members and their families, reasoned the drafters of the resolution.

A mix of national AFT contributions and voluntary contributions from AFT affiliates, members and friends make the scholars program possible for two purposes: to encourage members in good standing to learn more about labor or further their own career, and to support members' dependents who wish to pursue a career in labor, education, health care or government service.

Vice President Paul Cole oversees the program in his capacity as a member of the AFT Executive Council. Processing of the applications is coordinated by Bernadette Bailey, prior to final review by the Porter Scholars Program Blue Ribbon Panel. This panel, led by Pat Porter Connoley, reviews and selects award recipients.

Program eligibility requirements

One-time $1,000 Grant
  • Must be an AFT member in good standing for at least one year
  • Pursuing courses in labor relations or courses in your field of work.
  • No full- or part-time AFT staff, state or local, may apply.

Four-year $8,000 Postsecondary Scholarship

  • Must be an AFT member's dependent
  • Graduating high school senior
  • Pursuing a career in labor, education, health care or government service
  • Parent or guardian must be an AFT member for at least one year
Call CUB (410.962.1492) for applications, or click below to download applications in PDF format:

Sheila W. Jordan Scholarship

To qualify you must be a member, in good standing of the City Union of Baltimore, spouse or child of a member and must be attending an accredited college, university or technical program.

Applications will be available in June 2006

Applications can be picked up at:
City Union of Baltimore
2117 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218

For additional information call 410-962-1492

Ashcraft & Gerel

Ashcraft and Gerel Union Scholarship applications are available at the City Union of Baltimore Office.

There are two (2) one-time only $2500.00 scholarships, one for undergraduate and one for post-graduate students

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