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Scholarships are available every year for both Local 943 members and/or their dependents.  Listed below are links to pages with more information about these scholarships.


AFT Local 943 Scholarship -- Deadline March 21, 2024

Every year the Southwest Suburban Federation of Teachers, AFT Local 943 awards two
scholarships in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) each.

IFT Carl J. Megel Scholarship -- Deadline March 1, 2024

In 2024, the IFT will award one $20,000 Megel scholarship ($5,000 each year for four years) to a deserving high school senior who is enrolled in a special education school, class, or program for students with disabilities.

IFT Robert G. Porter Scholarship -- Deadline March 1, 2024

The Illinois Federation of Teachers shall provide annually two $20,000 scholarship awards ($5,000 each year for four years) to current high school seniors with no less than a cumulative "B" grade average.

AFT Robert Porter Scholarship -- Deadline March 31, 2024

The AFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program offers four 4-year, $8,000 post-secondary scholarships to students who are dependents of AFT members, as well as 10 one-time $1,000 grants to AFT members to assist with their continuing education.

Chicago Federation of Labor William A. Lee Memorial Academic Competition Scholarship

Chicago Federation of Labor William A. Lee Memorial Random Draw Scholarship

Deadline for both February 28, 2024

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 William A. Lee Memorial Scholarships to high school seniors, five to the winners of the Academic Competition, and five to the winners of the Random Drawing.  Students are not eligible to enter both categories.


Union Plus Scholarship -- Deadline January 31, 2024

Award amounts:  $500 to $4,000.  These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2024. Students may re-apply each year.


Local 943 wishes both of our amazing winners for 2023 the best of luck and success in their future endeavors.


Massa Haj Ali


Massa Haj Ali attended Amos Aolnzo  Stagg High School and plans to study Political Science at theUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  We know her mother, Her mom, Majd Abu Al Rub, a teacher at Tobin Elementary School in Burbank District 111, is

happy to see her daughter embark on her educational journey.

In her studies, Massa wants to concentrate on International Politics on her journey to become a Public Defender to uphold the ideals of fairness and democracy.

Angeleah Vallianatos

Angeleah Valliantos attended  Lemont High Schoo and aspires to pursue a degree in nursing.  She will be attending the University of Arkansas. We are sure her mother Carole Vallianatos, a teacher at Tobin Elementary School in Burbank District 111, is excited for her to


begin her educational adventure!

Angeleah stated that as she grows in her nursing career, she will be aware of the policies that help her and her fellow nurses, together, as united workers, will enable them to give their patients the care they deserve.

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