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Graduating high school senior scholarships help you achieve your dreams

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.

OPPORTUNITIES EACH YEAR

Two scholarships are available for your application:

  • $500 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, 2022. 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. Download the application for a complete list of requirements.

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REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS

DOWNLOAD REFERENCE FORM (PDF) DOWNLOAD REFERENCE FORM (WORD)

For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA at scholarships@capta.org.

Congratulations to our 2021 Graduating High School Senior Scholarship winners. Winners are listed by district in alphabetical order by first name.

FIRST DISTRICT

Alden Marriott
Andrew Kim
Audrey Jung
Danielle Swaisgood
Ella Bell
Gabriel Macias
Ismael Khan
Jenna Okohira
Juliana Acevedo
Kimberly Blood
Mohraiel Matta
Nazmiah-Ann Abu-Lashin *
Oscar Felix
Sophia Ornelas

*Also received the Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship

THIRD DISTRICT

Ania Wilson
Audrey Brenner
Delanie Kendall
Sophia Butler

FOURTH DISTRICT

Aditya Aggarwal
Brandon Imai
Chris Holt
Izabella Wang
Jayden Pritchett
Megan Schwartz
Michelle Velazquez
Savanna Turpin

SIXTH DISTRICT

Anwesha Mishra
ReElle Snyder

TWELFTH DISTRICT

Frances Kayser

FIFTEENTH DISTRICT

Landon Dimock
Victoria Gordon

SIXTEENTH DISTRICT

Adrianna Bender

TWENTY-FIRST DISTRICT

Caroline Desousa

TWENTY-SECOND DISTRICT

Dora D’Accardo
Wyatt Thurston

TWENTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Dominic Garcia
Katie Woodward
Lydia Smith
Rowan Howell

THIRTY-FIRST DISTRICT

Jasmine Garcia

THIRTY-SECOND DISTRICT

Aaron Lubinsky
Addison Eves
Davis Ryan
Jacqlyn Jones*
Riya Desai

*Also received the Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship

THIRTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Abigail Maemoto
Aksh Garg
Jacob Fischer
Jason Klugman
Jennifer Lau
Johnny Haro
Linnett Azucar
Madelyn Patrick
Mckensey Patrick
Morgan Fresch
Nikole Cabrera
Sarah Steele
Zachary Huang

THIRTY-FOURTH DISTRICT

Connor Harvey

NINETY-NINTH DISTRICT

Ella Grijalva

APPLICATION TIPS

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

  • Proof of your PTA membership
  • Descriptive essay (no more than 500 words total — approximately 2 pages double-spaced) 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).