The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship

The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship honors three Michigan public school teachers who were fired for no other reason than their refusal to pay union dues.

One $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to the education student who best exemplifies the dedication to principle and high professional standards of Carol Applegate, Kay Jackson, and Dr. Anne Parks.

Our Teacher Scholarship Application Process:

  1. Student writes essay.
  2. Student completes application.
  3. Student submits application.
  4. Institute staff choose top essays and forward them to the Selection Review Committee members.
  5. Selection Review Committee members review blind essays re: If any personally identifying information is included in the essay, it will be redacted before submitting it to the Selection Review Committee.
  6. Institute Board receives the nominees as chosen by Selection Review Committee.
  7. Institute Board votes to either approve, make different selections, or not to award any scholarship
  8. Winner announced and notified by Institute.


Applicants are limited to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education in institutions of higher learning throughout the United States.  This could include a current teacher pursuing an advanced education degree such as a master’s degree through a qualified college, university, or other qualifying educational institution.  This scholarship is not open to high school students or undergraduates who do not have a declared major in education.

(Officers, directors, and employees of the National Institute for Labor Relations Research, the National Right to Work Committee, Members of the Selection Review Committee, and their families are not eligible.)


The scholarship is awarded based on scholastic ability and a demonstrated interest in the National Institute of Labor Relations Research Institute’s work.

Applicants must:  Demonstrate potential for the successful completion of the educational requirements in a college or university Department of Education program and the potential successful attainment of a teaching license.  This will include supplying a transcript of your grades.

Your writing ability and your demonstrated understanding of the principles of voluntary unionism as well as the problems of compulsory unionism in education by writing an original essay of approximately 500 words.


After an initial review of the applications by Institute staff, a Selection Review Committee of three or more independent educators and representatives of the Institute will review the essays, then submit a ranked recommendation of no more than three essays to the Institute’s Board of Directors.

At the National Institute for Labor Relations Research’s annual meeting (typically held in April), the Board will consider the recommendations of the Selection Review Committee and Institute staff before making its final decision.

However, should the Board conclude that no applicant meets all the criteria, then no recipient will be selected and no scholarship will be awarded.

The awarded scholarship will be paid directly to the institution of higher learning at which the award recipient attends.  The recipient must provide a copy of their transcript from that institution at the end of the academic year.

Application Instructions

The application consists of three parts:

Part 1.  Create a wonderfully inspired typewritten essay of 500-700 words clearly demonstrating an interest in, and knowledge of, the Right to Work principle as it applies to educators

Part 2. Obtain a copy of your transcript for submission to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research or have your school send it to the Institute on your behalf.

Part 3. Complete the formal online application below and attach your essay (and transcript if available) with your online submission.

However, if for some reason you are unable to complete the online application and attach your essay and transcript; you may print the online application and mail it along with your essay to the address below.

Applications Currently Closed until September 1, 2023

Scholarship Application

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Course of Study(Required)
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Reference #2 – Name, Address, Phone, and E-mail
If you have explanatory notes that you would like to provide regarding any of your responses, please provide them here.
Max. file size: 104 MB.
Attach your essay either as an Adobe .pdf or a Word .doc or .docx file
(Enter Full Name) I certify that the information provided on this application and all supplemental forms is complete and correct to the best of my knowledge. I further certify that if I am chosen as a scholarship recipient, I will use those funds only for expenses related to my education in an institution of higher learning in the United States, and I will provide a transcript at the end of the school year for which the scholarship will apply.
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  • Online applications must be received from September 1st through January 31st.
  • If mailed, all application submissions must be postmarked from September 1st through January 31st and received no later than February 10th.  (For example, received in NILRR mailroom between September 1st, 2022 and February 10th, 2023.)

We prefer that you use the Future Teachers Scholarships ONLINE APPLICATION below.  It is your responsibility to confirm that we received your entire application regardless of your application transmission method of choice.  The online application generates and sends an email notice of submission receipt.


Future Teachers Scholarships

National Institute for Labor Relations Research

5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 510,

Springfield, VA 22151

Questions? Call: (703) 321-9606 and ask for help with the Future Teachers Scholarships application.