As an IFT member, your children and/or students may be eligible for scholarships to help defray higher education costs. The IFT offers two scholarships in 2019. Applications for both scholarships must be received no later than March 1, 2019.
IFT Carl J. Megel Special Education Scholarship IFT educators can help special education students pursue higher education or career training by sponsoring them for this scholarship. Two $1,000 Megel scholarships will be awarded in 2019 to deserving high school seniors who are enrolled in a special education school, class, or program for students with disabilities. Applicants must graduate in 2019. IFT members who work directly with (or previously worked with) an eligible student must provide a letter of sponsorship for the applicant. (Children of IFT members may also apply.) Learn more and apply here.
IFT Robert G. Porter Scholarship Honoring the late IFT Secretary-Treasurer Robert G. Porter, each year this scholarship provides two $10,000 awards ($2,500 per year for four years) to current high schools seniors with at least a "B" grade average. Successful applicants must plan to attend full-time at an Illinois public university.
Applicants must be children of a currently employed, active member in good standing of the IFT, of a member of the IFT retirees chapter, or of a deceased member who was in good standing with the IFT at the time of death. Information and an application are available here.
Remember, applications for both scholarships are due by March 1! More information about the scholarships that IFT and other labor organizations offer is available here.