Continuing Education Scholarships

*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.

Categories – Continuing Education Scholarships are available each year for:

General Eligibility – For the Continuing Education Scholarships, all successful applicants for a Continuing Education Scholarship meet the following criteria:

  • Current member of PTA unit in good standing
  • Specific criteria for the type of Continuing Education Scholarship applied for – Parent Volunteer, Credentialed Teachers and Counselors or School Nurses – as outlined on application form
  • 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 application. All applicants are notified of their status in January.

Successful applicants who are awarded a California State PTA Continuing Education Scholarship receive a letter of congratulations along with a scholarship check.

Questions? – Please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at:


Graduating High School Senior Scholarship

California State PTA also offers scholarships ($750) for graduating high school seniors to pursue studies in higher education.

The Graduating High School Senior Scholarships are for use during the fall semester following high school graduation.

They are also designed to recognize and commend extensive community service by students.

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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 Recognition Awards

California State PTA and National PTA offer a number of Recognition Award Programs to celebrate the achievements of PTAs, individual members and community partners.

To recognize and encourage the development of successful 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.

Learn more: Recognition Award Programs

Questions? – Please contact the California Sate PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at: