Purpose – California State PTA offers scholarships ($500) to encourage PTA members to continue their education and pursue studies in higher education in California.
The Continuing Education Scholarship Program recognizes volunteer service by providing funds for PTA members to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in the State.
Eligibility – For the Continuing Education Scholarship for Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors, successful applicants meet the following criteria:
Current member of PTA unit in good standing with full time teaching or counseling contract at that PTA school for current year
Teacher or counselor employed full time in California public school during preceding academic year
Minimum of three (3) years’ teaching/ counseling experience in California public school
Plan to continue as a teacher or counselor
Scholarship used for advanced studies at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools in California
Scholarship utilized during the period January 1 to December 31 with courses completed by December 31 of year following award of scholarship
Provide proof of enrollment and completion of coursework to California State PTA by June 1
Completed application and reference forms with letters received by California State PTA by October 15.
Selection – Each year, the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Committee carefully reads and vets each scholarship application. All applicants are notified of their status in January.
Continuing Education Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check.
Application Tips – Before submitting your scholarship application packet to California State PTA, please remember to check that it includes:
Completed application form and packet submitted by October 15.
Copy of your current PTA membership card on 81/2” x 11” sheet of paper
Descriptive essay (maximum 2 pages) outlining:
Your current teaching/ counseling assignment
Other teaching/ counseling assignments and dates of service
How course(s) specified in the application will improve your effectiveness as a teacher/ counselor
Your involvement in PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities
Two (2) completed reference forms and letters, written specifically for this application, which provide an evaluation of your abilities and characteristics as an applicant, comment on your personal and professional qualifications and discuss your PTA/ school/ student extracurricular activities
First reference – Written by your current administrator, or representative
Second reference – Written by current PTA president, or representative
Remember to ask that reference forms and letters be given to you in a sealed envelope for you to include in your scholarship application packet.
Year of Need: 1st Year Grad, 2nd Year Grad,
Type: Merit Based
Num Awards: Multiple
Min Award: Varies
Max Award: 500
California State PTA
2327 L STREET
Sacramento, CA 95816