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2023 Scholarships and Local Awards

President Jaime Rodriguez awards a winner
AFT-Oregon President Jaime Rodriguez awards a scholarship in 2022

AFT-Oregon Scholarships and Awards are now open and accepting applications for 2023. To encourage participation, this year's scholarship application has been simplified. The deadline for completed application materials is March 15, 2023.

To apply, click on the application link, which will download a Word document (.docx file). You can open, edit and save the file using MS Word or the free Apache Open Office. You can also upload the file to your Google Drive and open it as a Google Doc. 

Apply now!


Carl J. Megel Scholarship of $1,500 is for a child/grandchild/dependent of an AFT-Oregon member who is graduating from high school and will be enrolling in a post-secondary program in the fall.

Carl J. Megel Scholarship Application

Albert F. Shanker Scholarship of $1,500 is for a child/grandchild/dependent of an AFT-Oregon member who is already attending a post-secondary education program and will be continuing in the fall.

Albert F. Shanker Scholarship Application

Shirley J. Gold Scholarship of $1,500 is available to a member of AFT-Oregon who is furthering their education.

Shirley J. Gold Scholarship Application

Deidre Mackey and Grace Misztal Scholarships consists of two awards of $1,500, one for a member, one for a member's child/grandchild/dependent, who are part of a marginalized community and/or can demonstrate that their studies will work to advance the cause of social justice and help end discrimination.

Deidre Mackey and Grace Misztal Scholarship Application

New for 2023!  The Oregon Tribal Student Scholarship of $1,500 is open to eligible Oregon tribal members or their dependents who are members of an AFT-Oregon associated local union.

Oregon Tribal Student Scholarship Application

Local Awards

Local Awards for Excellence in Communications consists of three awards in the following categories: General Excellence, Best Website and Best Use of Social Media

Excellence in Communications Award Applications

John Connor Memorial Award recognizes a member who exhibits selfless, spirited enthusiasm and devotion to causes of the union.

John Connor Memorial Award Application

Elsie Burkhalter Award recognizes an individual who exhibits the dedication, enthusiasm and passion for community involvement in order to effect change.

Elsie Burkhalter Award Application

Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness Award recognizes an individual in Oregon who has contributed to the general public's awareness on issues important to AFT-Oregon membership.

Outstanding Contribution to Public Awareness Award Application

Send completed applications and materials via email to:

or mail to: AFT-Oregon, 10228 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219

All application materials are due March 15, 2023.

Please note: Members of Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Care Professionals (Local 5017), Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), and Oregon School Employees Association (Local 6732) are not eligible for the AFT-Oregon scholarships, only the Union Plus or the AFT scholarships.

If you have any questions, contact Amber Hicks at 971-888-5665.

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