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Student scholarships for graduating high-school seniors 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.

Congratulations to our 2019 Graduating High School Senior Scholarship winners. Winners are listed in alphabetical order by district.

FIRST DISTRICT

Kaitlyn Bell
Maddie Bohman
Richard Duenckel
Claire Flynn
Nicole Goldsworthy
Abdullah Hasan*
Nalleli Hidalgo
Kristina Hiraishi
Hannah Knox
Megan Kwan
Luke LeVay
Connor McDonald
Eduardo Montano
Kimberly Moran
Timothy Nguyen
Sydney Reil*
Jacqueline Rosas Torres
Ashley Santana
Sofia Smith
Jillyn Turunen
Erik Vargas
Jack Weerts
Dario Yeung

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

THIRD DISTRICT

Kobe Huynh

FOURTH DISTRICT

Mona Amirseyedian
Amber DeMarco
Andrew Drossel
Matthew Drossel
Jamie Holt
Jada Maglinao
Mrinali Umashankar
Justin Wang

FIFTH DISTRICT

Hannah Hernandez
Laila Khan

SIXTH DISTRICT

Caroline Kloes
Joseph Pham

TENTH DISTRICT

Mya Ford
Alex Guzman

TWELFTH DISTRICT

Maxwell Diamond
Jenna Forston
Sarah Theobald

THIRTEENTH DISTRICT

Michael Alexander
Emily Hull

FIFTEENTH DISTRICT

Julia Herrera
Tiana Ringer
Taylor Ronholt
Kayla Thompson
Marina Zellers

SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT

Rebecca Jiang
Gerryk Madrigal Ayala

TWENTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Sebastian Kaye
Shevani Patel
Madilyn Pettijohn
Haylee Reynolds
Hannah Tudor

TWENTY-FOURTH DISTRICT

Drew Daner

THIRTY-SECOND DISTRICT

Carly Glasson
Tatum Hall
Lauren O’Grady
Claryssa Wilson

THIRTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Manuel Bebelagua
Caroline Brand
Marilyn Castillo
Maya Castillo
Aurora Delaney
Cheyla Farias
Alejandro Garcia
Mehraeel Gouda
Brian Magdaleno
Dana Otera
Katerin Quinteros
Noah Shafer
Tsion Woldsemayat
Arek Yedikian

PERALTA DISTRICT

Tiffany Tong

OPPORTUNITIES EACH YEAR

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 grants@capta.org.

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). 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.