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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 the Right to Work principles and the high professional standards of Carol Applegate, Kay Jackson, and Dr. Anne Parks.

Who May Apply For The Applegate-Jackson-Parks Future Teacher Scholarship?

Individuals seeking to attend or individuals attending a United States institution of higher learning (undergraduate or graduate) with a major in education may apply.  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 to undergraduates who do not have a declared major in education.

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


  1. Student submits completed application along with original 500 – 700-word essay, a copy of the most recent transcript or acceptance letter, and a photo.
  2. Institute staff choose the top essays and submit them to the Selection Review Committee members. (Any personal identifying information included in the essay is redacted before submission to the Selection Review Committee.)
  3. Selection Review Committee members, who are three or more independent educators and Institute representatives, review essays blind, nominate and rank no more than three essays, and submit them to the Institute’s Board of Directors.
  4. The Board receives the nominees, considers the Selection Review Committee and Institute staff’s recommendations, and votes at its annual meeting (typically held in April) to either approve the highest ranked nominee, make a different selection, or decide not to award a scholarship.
  5. Institute staff notify and publicly announce the chosen Winner.
  6. Institute pays the awarded scholarship directly to the institution of higher education the award recipient attends.
  7. Winner (or the school on the winner’s behalf) submits to the Institute a copy of their transcript at the end of the academic year.


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

Applicants must:

  1. Demonstrate potential for the successful completion of the educational requirements in a college, university, or other qualifying program. This includes supplying a copy of your most recent transcript or a copy of the acceptance letter from the school you are attending or will attend.
  2. Demonstrate your writing ability and your understanding of both the Right to Work principles as well as the compulsory unionism problems in education by writing an original 500 – 700-word essay.


The application consists of three parts:

Part 1.  Create a 500 – 700-word essay clearly demonstrating an interest in, and knowledge of, the Right to Work principles and the compulsory unionism problems as they apply to educators.

Part 2.  Obtain a copy of either (a) your acceptance letter or (b) your most recent 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, transcript or acceptance letter, and photo (and any additional documentation) with your online submission.

If you are unable to complete the online application and attach the documentation, you may print the online application and mail it along with your essay, transcript or acceptance letter, and photo to the address below.

Note that if you win, you will be required to submit (or you can have your school send on your behalf) a copy of your official transcript to the National Institute for Labor Relations Research at the end of the academic school year for which the funds are disbursed.


Applications Currently Closed (Reopens 9/1/2024)



  • Online applications must be received from September 1 through January 31.
  • If mailed, all applications must be postmarked from September 1 through January 31 and received no later than February 10. For example, received in NILRR’s mailroom between September 1, 2023 and February 10, 2024.)

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


Future Teachers Scholarship

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 Scholarship application.