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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

Applications for 2022 are now closed. Applications for 2023 will be available in the fall.

Two scholarships are available for your application:

  • $1,000 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 each year.  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.

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

Congratulations to our 2022 Graduating High School Senior Scholarship winners. Winners are listed by district in alphabetical order by first name.

RALPH E. WHITE SCHOLARSHIP ($500)

Sadie Ugoretz, Dos Pueblos High PTSA – Fifteenth District
Bradley Bennett, Redondo Union High School PTSA – Thirty-Third District

FIRST DISTRICT *

Carlin Lau
Diego Huizar
Maya Phillips
Sabrina Spatny
SeJin Oh
Teleya Blunt

*One student did not grant permission to list name in PTA publications.

SECOND DISTRICT *

Maya Bhandari

*One student did not grant permission to list name in PTA publications.

FOURTH DISTRICT

Brandon DeMarco
Cassidy Hill
Mason Okumura

NINTH DISTRICT

Pablo Shimizu
Shalin Anderson
Zachary Patterson

TENTH DISTRICT

Luz Duran
Sidney Hament
Troi Brown

FIFTEENTH DISTRICT

Andrew Bunke
Donovan Dimock

SIXTEENTH DISTRICT

Marina Nicole Peralta Maravilla

SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT

Claire Tseng
Lila Magbilang

TWENTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Mateo Meza
Troy Marks

THIRTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Arrim Jung
David Maemoto
Isabella Del Gaudio
Samantha Carlson
Sequoia Buck

PERALTA DISTRICT

Akhil Palanivelu
Tadashi Kawabata

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).