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Raoul Teilhet Scholarships

The CFT offers scholarships to high school seniors and 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.

About the program

The CFT Raoul Teilhet Scholarship Program began in 1997 when delegates to the CFT Convention voted to establish scholarships that could help children and dependents of members achieve their higher education goals. The program was named after inspirational CFT leader Raoul Teilhet, pictured above, circa 1972. Teilhet served the organization as president from 1968 to 1985. In 2003, Convention delegates extended eligibility to continuing college students and dependents of deceased CFT members.

Raoul Teilhet died in 2013; you can read about Teilhet’s life and contributions to the union in his obituary. Since the program was established in 1997, the CFT has helped hundreds of students achieve their higher education goals by awarding them Raoul Teilhet Scholarships.

Scholarship eligibility

  • 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.
  • Students must be listed as a dependent on their parents’ or guardians’ tax return to be eligible for this scholarship.
  • Parents or guardians will be asked to have their local union president verify union membership.
  • High school students who received scholarships are not eligible for another Teilhet Scholarship as continuing college students. Continuing college students who received Raoul Teilhet Scholarships are not eligible to apply again.

How to submit your application

NEW! On May 15, 2019the CFT launched online scholarship application. For the continuing college student applications that are due July 1, 2019, the CFT will be accepting only online applications. We are excited to offer this upgraded application process and we think it will make the application process much easier. 

Raoul Teilhet Scholarship applications and deadlines

Learn more about scholarships offered by the AFT and the AFL-CIO here.

For more information, please email Maria Arteaga, or phone our Administrative Office in Burbank at 818-843-8226.


Student Recipients of Raoul Teilhet Scholarships

To date, the CFT has award $1.8 million in Raoul Teilhet Scholarships to 669 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. 


Raoul Teilhet, 1933-2013

 Raoul Teilhet, 1933-2013

Raoul Teilhet, a Pasadena high school history teacher who believed collective bargaining offered the path to dignity and respect for public school employees before laws existed allowing it, and served as president of the California Federation of Teachers in successful pursuit of that goal, died of complications from Parkinson’s Disease on June 5, 2013, in Los Angeles. He was 79.