Dec 282015


Your education doesn’t end once you walk across that high-school graduation stage.

That’s why California State PTA has two scholarships to help you achieve your college dreams and your life goals.


Two scholarships are available for your application:

  • $750 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year.
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications, reference forms and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check. For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at Apply online below or download the form.



Don’t forget to include these items in your application:

  • Proof of your PTA membership
  • Descriptive essay (maximum two pages) outlining your PTA responsibilities and your career plans, goals, objectives and any other information you feel would be valuable to the selection committee
  • All of your school service-related activities including any service you provide to others in your school
  • Your volunteer service in the community
  • Two completed reference forms and letters, written specifically for this application (first reference written by a community volunteer leader unrelated to you and with whom you volunteered; second reference written by a member of the high-school faculty). Online reference form.
  • If you are mailing a hard copy of your application packet, please remember to ask that reference forms and letters be given to you in a sealed envelope for you to include in the packet; if you’re applying online, provide the link specified in the online application to your two referees to submit their completed reference forms and letters.
Sep 222014

Find out how California State PTA scholarships, grants and awards can help you and your PTA achieve your goals


Scholarships and Grants

Did you know: Last year, California State PTA provided more than $105,000 in grants and scholarships? These programs are funded in part by our Honorary Service Awards program.

Learn more about scholarships, grants and awards – and be sure to share the information with your members and school community.

Aug 112013

Organizing a great program for your school community starts with a planning committee. That way, you can brainstorm ideas, set goals and propose activities together.

With a committee, you can also tap into everyone’s different talents to divide up the tasks, both large and small, involved in running a successful program.

Arrange for the committee to meet early in the school year to prepare an outline for your program or event with suggested activities and projected costs.

Consider using the Event Planning Worksheet template as a checklist to stay on track with your program’s timeline, preparations and expenses.

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Aug 112013

It’s time to apply for PTA Grants and Scholarships! See what’s available for your PTA!

  • PTA Grants – Applications Due November 15

Looking for funds to run a program supporting student success at your school? PTAs can apply for a grant (on average $500-$2,000 awarded) in four areas: Cultural Arts, Parent Education, Outreach Translation and Healthy Lifestyles. Click here for more information.

  • PTA Scholarships – Applications Due November 15

Did you know Continuing Education Scholarships ($500) are available for PTA volunteers, teachers, counselors and school nurses? Help spread the word and encourage everyone to apply by the due date. Click here for more information.

  • PTA Graduating High School Scholarships – Applications Due February 1

Students who are PTA members and involved in outstanding, volunteer service can apply for a $500 scholarship to continue their education at an accredited college in California. Please encourage graduating students to submit an application. Click here for more information.