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Scholarships and Awards

SCHOLARSHIPS

CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

  • For nurses – Registered Nurses are eligible to apply for the $500 Continuing Education Scholarship for School Nurses. You must be employed in a California public school during the preceding year, have a nursing contract for the current year – and assignment in – at least one PTA school, plan to continue as a public-school nurse, and use the scholarship at approved institutions or providers, such as nursing schools, hospitals, organized nursing groups and private providers that meet California Board of Registered Nursing requirements.

  • For teachers and counselors – Credentialed teachers and counselors who have a minimum of three years’ experience in a California public school are eligible to apply for the $500 Continuing Education Scholarship for Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors. You must be employed in a California public school during the preceding year and plan to continue working as a teacher or counselor.

  • For volunteers – PTA volunteers with at least three years of service are eligible to apply for the $500 Continuing Education Scholarship. Your scholarship must be used for advanced studies at accredited California colleges, universities, trade and technical schools.

Nurses, teachers/counselors and volunteers must apply for scholarships by October 17, 2016. The scholarship must be used January 1 – December 31 following the year of award; proof of your enrollment and completion of coursework must be provided to California State PTA by June 1. The application process for 2017 is now closed.

 

GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • For students – Graduating high-school seniors are eligible to apply for the $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship and the $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Scholarship for medical-field education. Applications are due February 1. APPLY ONLINE

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • All scholarships require current membership at PTAs in good standing, so if you’re not yet a member but are interested in applying for these opportunities, be sure to contact your local PTA and join today! For general questions about these important programs, please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman via grants@capta.org.

AWARDS

Honorary Service Awards are awarded throughout the year and designed as a unique way for PTA units, councils and districts to publicly acknowledge both individuals and organizations for outstanding community service to children and youth in a community. All funds collected with this program are used exclusively to support the California State PTA scholarship and grant programs. Download the brochure for more information. (Also available in Spanish.)

 

This program offers six distinctive types of awards, which may be purchased online at any time.

  • Very Special Person Award (VSP) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for their service to PTA. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $15 or more by a PTA unit, council or district. PTAs may also purchase a VSP service pin at an additional cost.
  • Honorary Service Award (HSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a HSA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Continuing Service Award (CSA) – This award is given to recognize an individual or organization for ongoing or long-time service to children and youth, providing support year after year. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a CSA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Outstanding Teacher Award (OTA) – This award may be given to recognize a teacher for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a OTA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Outstanding Administrator Award (OAA) – This award may be given to recognize an administrator for outstanding service to children and youth through PTA, school, or the community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $30 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a OAA service pin at an additional cost.
  • Golden Oak Service Award (GOSA) – This award is given to recognize, as the most prestigious of the Honorary Service Awards, an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in a school or community. An award certificate is available with a contribution of $60 by a PTA unit, council or district in the name of the recipient. PTAs may also purchase a GOSP service pin at an additional cost.

In addition, In Memoriam or Tribute Donations awards are issued when donations of $10 or more are made by PTAs or by individuals in tribute to a person, a group or in memoriam.

  • Donations are another way to make a financial contribution to California State PTA; honor an individual for service; as a tribute to a person who has already received an HSA; as a tribute to an organization or group of people for service given; or, in memoriam.
  • Donors may specify the use of the funds by California State PTA for scholarships, grants, leadership outreach or another area of their choice on the application form, In Memoriam or Tribute Donation.
  • An acknowledgment card or a certificate suitable for framing, as requested, will be issued in the name of the recipient