Dependents of Union Members

William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship

Each year, the Chicago Federation of Labor awards 10 scholarships to high school seniors, valued at $2,000 each. The funds may be used at any accredited college or university in the United States.

Completed applications must be received by the CFL by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. The CFL is located at 130 E. Randolph Street, Suite 2600, Chicago, IL 60601. Applications may be dropped off at the office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mailed applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.


  • The applicant must be a senior in high school and graduating in the spring of 2018.
  • Either the applicant or the applicant’s parent must be a member in good standing of a CFL-affiliated union. To confirm a union’s affiliation status, please call 312.222.1000.
  • The applicant must choose to enter either the Random Drawing or Academic Competition for the William A. Lee Memorial Scholarship. Students are not eligible to enter both categories. APPLICANTS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER BOTH CATEGORIES WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.
  • Only completed applications, with the personal essay, will be accepted.

Complete details are included in each application.

Academic Competition Application

Random Drawing Application


IFT Robert G. Porter Scholars Program

This 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.

2018 scholarship applications are now available.

Application deadline is March 2, 2018

For more information about the Porter Scholars Program see the link below, or contact

Details about the program and eligibility requirements.


IFT Carl J. Megel Special Education Scholarship

In 2018, the IFT will award two $1,000 Megel scholarships to deserving high school seniors who are enrolled in a special education school, class, or program for students with disabilities. Applicants must be high school seniors who will graduate in 2018. 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.

Application deadline is March 2, 2018

Additional information and an application for the Megel Scholarship are available here.


Union Plus Scholarship

Since 1992, the Union Plus Scholarship Program has awarded more than $4.2 million to students of union families. Over 2,800 union families have benefited from our commitment to higher education.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Current and retired members of unions participating in any Union Plus program, their spouses and their dependent children (as defined by IRS regulations) are eligible. Grandchildren are not eligible unless a legal dependent (as defined by IRS regulations). At least one year of continuous union membership by the applicant, applicant’s spouse or parent (if applicant is a dependent). The one year membership minimum must be satisfied by May 31, 2018.
  • Members of participating unions from the U.S., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada.
  • The applicant must be accepted into a U.S. accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued. Awards must be used for the 2018 – 2019 school year.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply.

Award amounts: $500 to $4,000. These one-time cash awards are for study beginning in the Fall of 2018. Students may re-apply each year.

Application deadline: 12:00pm (noon, Eastern Time), Wednesday, January 31, 2018.

Award date: May 31, 2018. During the first week of June 2018 award recipients will be notified by postal mail, and all applicants will be sent email notification.

To apply, visit the Union Plus website.