Continuing Education Scholarships – Credentialed Classroom Teachers and Counselors

*NEW DUE DATE* - October 15

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.

To ApplyDownload application or Apply Online

Download application (Spanish)

Questions? – Please contact the California Sate PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at: grants@capta.org