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Robert G. Porter Scholarship

Offered by Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Feb 19, 2024
2 awards worth


Grade level

High School Senior

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

March 2025

Scholarship Overview

Are you a high school senior who is the child of a currently employed, active member of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the child of a member of an IFT retirees chapter, or the child of a deceased member who was in good standing with the Illinois Federation of Teachers at the time of death? Further, are you planning on attending a public university in Illinois? If so, you may be eligible for the Robert G. Porter Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 to two high school seniors who hold a minimum 3.0 GPA, are the children of IFT members, and will be attending a public university in Illinois. The scholarship may be received for up to four years, for a total of $20,000, if recipients maintain atleast a 2.0 GPA while in college. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT)

The Illinois Federation of Teachers is a statewide organization made up of more than 200 local unions throughout Illinois. They envision an Illinois with: full and equitable funding for all levels of education and public services, economic and social justice in communities anchored by strong public schools, and respect and voice for all workers.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School Senior

Minimum GPA





Applicants must be the child of a currently employed, active member in good standing of the Illinois Federation of Teachers, the child of a member of an IFT retirees chapter, or the child of a deceased member who was in good standing with the Illinois Federation of Teachers at the time of death.

Application information

In addition to the below application materials, interested students must submit some financial information (see site for more info) and their work employment record.


Academic transcript

Resume or CV

Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

Yes, the Robert G. Porter Scholarship is renewable.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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