July 02, 2024

NYSUT locals award nearly $2.4 million in scholarships to graduating students

Source:  NYSUT Media Relations

Local unions with New York State United Teachers are making sure that graduating seniors have a step up on their next steps after high school. At the conclusion of the 2023-24 school year, locals across the state have donated approximately $2.4 million for college scholarships.

The money was raised through donations, dress-down days, chicken BBQs, basket raffles, and other events throughout the year to support graduating students as they make their transition to the next part of their educational journey.


The United Federation of Teachers, NYSUT’s local representing New York City educators, awarded roughly $1 million in Shanker scholarships to 189 high school students and nine graduate students. Long Island locals awarded over $400,000 for scholarships, while lower Hudson Valley educators awarded nearly $300,000. The Buffalo and Albany regions also awarded more than $100,000 each.


Many of the scholarships awarded were for students looking to pursue careers in teaching. Others were for students who are continuing their education outside of traditional four-year college or university pathways, through trade and technical programs. Some were specifically for students who model values such as leadership, respect and responsibility.


“Our educators love their students and continue to care about them after they leave our halls,” said NYSUT President Melinda Person. “These scholarships are a reflection of NYSUT members’ commitment to the future of their communities and to the knowledge that learning is a lifelong process.”