Scholarships

Overview

Raoul Teilhet Scholarships
Bringing the benefit of union membership to your family

Through this benefit of membership, the CFT has helped hundreds of students reach their higher education goals by awarding them Raoul Teilhet Scholarships. 

The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and continuing college students who are children or dependents of CFT members in good standing. Students enrolled in four-year courses of study are eligible for $3000 scholarships; those enrolled in two-year courses of study are eligible for $1000.

The Raoul Teilhet Scholarship program began in 1997 when delegates to the CFT Convention voted to establish scholarships to assist children and dependents of members with the cost of higher education. The program was named after inspirational CFT President Raoul Teilhet, who served the organization as president from 1968 to 1985. Convention delegates extended eligibility to continuing college students in 2003.

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Student Application Portal
Applications from high school seniors now being accepted

Applicants may find complete information about scholarship eligibility and our new streamlined online application below. Both applications are open for six months. The CFT accepts only online applications.

Applications and Deadlines

  • HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS — Apply now! 
    Application opened: June 15, 2020
    Deadline to apply: December 15, 2020
     
  • CONTINUING COLLEGE STUDENTS
    Applications open: December 15, 2020
    Deadline to apply: June 15, 2021

When you click on the application links above, you will be asked you to create a log-in for the application portal. Please keep track of your username and password. Once you have a log-in, you may work on your application at any time until it is completed and submitted.

We recommend that you allow four weeks to complete your application. The application requires other individuals to respond to your requests and you need to allow adequate time for their responses. Plus the application requires that you complete several sections and write an essay. Please start your application as early as possible and plan your time accordingly to allow for successful completion. 

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must be high school seniors or undergraduate continuing college students.
  • The applicant’s parent or guardian must be a member in good standing of an AFT local union in California.
  • The applicant must be listed as a dependent on their parent’s or guardian’s tax return.
  • Award selection is based on academic achievement, special talents and skills, participation in extracurricular activities, community service, financial need, and a 500-word essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice.
  • Scholarships are awarded for any one year of higher education: High school seniors who received Raoul Teilhet Scholarships are not eligible for another scholarship as continuing college students. Continuing college students who received a Raoul Teilhet Scholarships are not eligible to apply again.

Advance Planning for Your Application

Complete requirements for each scholarship are detailed in our application portal. However, knowing in advance what documentation and other information you will need may speed your application. Here’s the things to have ready when you apply.

  • Transcript: You will need your most recent transcript. High school seniors are asked to provide an official transcript. 
  • Parent/Guardian Federal Tax Return: The first two pages of your parent’s or guardian’s signed federal tax return are required.
  • Member Verification by Parent/Guardian: You will need your parent’s email address.
  • Member Verification by AFT Local Union President: You will need the name and email address of your parent’s AFT local union president.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three recommendations are required are required for high school senior applicants, and two recommendations are required for continuing college student applicants. You will need the email addresses of your recommenders.
  • Essay: A titled essay on a social issue of the applicant’s choice, not to exceed 500 words.

We recommend that you allow four weeks to complete your application. The application requires other individuals to respond to your requests and you cannot control the timeliness of their responses. Plus the application requires that you complete several sections and write an essay. Please start your application as early as possible and plan your time accordingly to allow successful completion. 

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Meet our Scholarship Winners!
Teilhet scholarships help hundreds of young adults

The CFT has awarded more than $1.8 million in Raoul Teilhet Scholarships to 715 children or dependents of union members. The names of students who have been awarded scholarships in recent years are listed below, along with the parent or guardian who is the AFT/CFT member and their local union. Occasionally, both parents are members are proud members of our Federation.