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Apply for the Maryanne Karlovsky scholarship--for current educators only!

This scholarship honors Maryann Karlovsky, who served as West Suburban Teachers Union president from 1979 to 1995. Maryann Karlovsky was a part of the labor/women’s rights movement for well over 50 years. She began her teaching career when she was 20 years old in Cicero District 99 where she taught social studies until she retired. In 2006, Maryann received the AFT Women’s Rights Living the Legacy Award for then 50 years of loyal and dedicated service.

Apply for the Mary Wheeler Scholarship

Mary Wheeler was a highly respected Proviso High School teacher for over 40 years. She also served as president of WSTU 571 for many years. She founded the Proviso Council of Teachers during the 1938-1939 school year and helped in the formation of several councils in the western suburbs. Mary Wheeler represents, to the young people of this area, a very courageous, pioneering spirit in her profession.

This year we are honoring her work with six (6), $3,000, one-time scholarships that will be awarded in 2021. Eligible applicants are high school seniors graduating in 2021 whose parents or guardians are members in good standing of Local 571. They must plan to continue their education full time in the Fall of 2021.

Get your application today and apply by February 15, 2021.


Apply here for one of the Mary Wheeler Scholarships.

Apply now for the Horowitz Scholarship: for WSTU members only

This scholarship honors Jo Ann Horowitz, who was a teacher at Morton High School for many years and a vital force in Local 571, the IFT, and the AFT.
Horowitz, through her advocacy, helped achieve equal pay for female extracurricular advisors, equal access to extra-pay jobs, including summer school, and a general awareness that women should not be discriminated against. 

AFT PLUS Member Benefits

AFT PLUS is the name of the member benefit programs available to AFT members and their families. Many of the programs are provided through Union Privilege, the benefit arm of the AFL-CIO; others are unique to AFT and are coordinated directly through AFT PLUS. Explore the site and learn more about the savings and services available to you as a union member.

Click here to learn more about AFT PLUS Member Benefits.