Recognition Award Programs

Dynamic PTA programs enrich the lives of children, their families and their communities. That's why California State PTA and National PTA offer a number of Recognition Award Programs to celebrate the achievements of PTAs, individual members and community partners. All of these awards are designed to recognize and encourage the development of model PTA programs.

In addition, California State PTA provides Service Award Programs to honor and publicly acknowledge the outstanding community service of PTAs, our members and community partners.

PURPOSE – To recognize and encourage the development of model PTA programs

For Recognition Award Programs, prizes and funding are available for PTAs in good standing that submit an award-winning application showcasing a model program.

If your PTA organizes programs, activities and events to benefit student achievement, health and wellness and involvement; to build PTA leadership, membership and outreach; or, to enhance the community with parent engagement, advocacy and environment awareness, consider applying for a PTA recognition award.


Recognition Award Program Prizes – Award Winning PTAs 

PTA Unit and Council Spotlight Award

Application Due – Feb 1

For model programs promoting:
  • Eight (8) categories:
    1.    Leadership Development
    2.    Student Achievement:
    3.    Environmental
    4.    Family Involvement
    5.    Membership And Outreach
    6.    Collaboration
    7.    Advocacy
    8.    Student Involvement
  • 2 paid registrations to California State PTA Convention
  • $100 gift certificate for PTA Store at convention
  • Special recognition on stage at convention
  • Opportunity to showcase program at convention workshop

PTA & Common Sense Media – Parent Education Award

Application Due – Mar 1

For model programs promoting:
  • Digital literacy & citizenship
  • $500 awarded

PTA Take Your Family to School Week

For model programs promoting:
  • Family Engagement
  • Up to $1,000 awarded

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Awards

For model programs promoting:
  • National Standards for Family-School Partnerships
  • Recipient receives $2,000 and is recognized at the National PTA Convention in 2012 in San Jose, California
  • Awards of Merit (4) recipients receive recognition certificate

National PTA Shirley Igo Advocate of the Year Award

For model programs promoting:
  • For an individual PTA member whose leadership and advocacy efforts affected federal policy priorities within PTA's annual Public Policy Agenda
  • Expense paid trip to National PTA Legislative Conference
  • Recognition at an awards ceremony on Capitol Hill, Washington, D. C.


PTA Grants Program

California State PTA provides funding for PTAs in good standing (average $500-$2,000) to develop programs, activities and events for their communities with the California State PTA Grants Program.

Grants for PTA units, councils and district PTAs are offered in four areas:

  • Outreach Translation
  • Cultural Arts
  • Parent Education
  • Healthy Lifestyle

As part of the criteria for an award-winning grant, the PTA applying for the grant must also sponsor the program or project outlined in its application form.

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PTA Scholarships Program

Continuing Education Scholarships ($500) are available each year for PTA members with the California State PTA Scholarships Program.

These scholarships are intended to assist PTA members in their continuing education efforts at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Continuing Education Scholarships are available for:

  • PTA Volunteers
  • Graduating High School Seniors
  • Full-Time Credentialed Teachers
  • Full-Time Counselors
  • Registered School Nurses

To apply for a scholarship, an applicant must be a member of a PTA unit in good standing.

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