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
Application opens: June 15, 2021
Deadline to apply: December 15, 2021
CONTINUING COLLEGE STUDENTS — Apply starting
Applications open: December 15,
Deadline to apply: June 15, 2022
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.
- 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
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
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.