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UFT Scholarship Fund

The Albert Shanker College Scholarship Fund of the United Federation of Teachers

Each year, the United Federation of Teachers proudly awards $1 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships to academically excellent and financially eligible students from New York City public schools. Scholarship winners are living proof that excellence can thrive in New York City schools. Their hard work — and the dedication of all the educators who worked with them — enable them to achieve academic distinction.

UFT's Shanker Scholarship

The application process for 2024 is now open. 

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Username and password requirements for the online application: 

Your username must be in email format.

Your password must meet the following criteria:

  • 8 characters long
  • Must include letters
  • Must include numbers
  • Must include at least one special character
Frequently asked questions »
  • Who can apply for the undergraduate scholarship?
  • What about financial eligibility?
  • How are winners selected?
  • How are the scholarships paid?

Additional information

More information about the scholarship and its namesake »



What's New

Albert Shanker College Scholarship Awards

The UFT gave out $5,000 college scholarships to 189 high school seniors at the 53rd annual Albert Shanker Scholarship Awards Ceremony & Reception on June 7 at UFT headquarters in Manhattan.

High school seniors may apply for Shanker scholarships

Make sure high school seniors apply for the UFT’s $5,000 Albert Shanker college scholarships. This year the application deadline is Feb. 28, 2022.

Heading out to change the world

The UFT presented $5,000 Albert Shanker College Scholarships to 134 public high school students and eight graduate students on June 2 at the 52nd annual Albert Shanker Scholarship celebration, held virtually on Zoom.

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