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Continue your education with PTA scholarships

The 2019 application is now closed. Scholarship applications are due each year on October 1. 

To help you continue on your educational path, the California State PTA is proud to offer several continuing-education scholarship programs for school professionals and volunteers.


For Teachers, Counselors, Nurses and School Staff

Credentialed teachers, counselors, nurses and school staff who have a minimum of three years’ experience in a California public school are eligible to apply for the $500 Continuing Education Scholarship for School Staff. You must be employed in a California public school during the preceding year and plan to continue working in a California school. Download the application for the full list of requirements.


For PTA 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. Download the application for the full list of requirements.



Two reference forms and letters are needed to complete your scholarship application packet.

  • First reference – Written by applicant’s unit, council or district PTA president.
  • Second reference – Written by a person unrelated to applicant and with whom applicant has volunteered during the past two years.

Reference forms and letters should be uploaded directly to your scholarship application online or included with applications submitted by mail or email.

Additional Information

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 at

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 Continuing Education Scholarship recipients:


  • Kelly Bayani (Peralta District PTA)


  • Jenna M. Ervin (Third District PTA)
  • Leticia Martinez (First District PTA)

PTA Volunteers

  • Melanie Tan Baldwin (Seventeenth District PTA)
  • Claudia Knoell (First District PTA)