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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. 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.

REQUIREMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS

APPLY ONLINE

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

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION (PDF) DOWNLOAD APPLICATION (WORD)

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

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduating High School Senior Scholarship winners. Winners are listed in alphabetical order by district.

FIRST DISTRICT

Steven Aguilar
Quyen Ballagh
Rachel Berns
Elijah Carlton
Gabriella Chuang
John “JD” Dunkin
Brendan Harvey
Natalie Hauser
Nicholas Leong*
Anais Martinez Castaneda
Eve McCreary
Sehee Oh
Megan Shadrick
Eileen Soghomonian
Diego Valle

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

SECOND DISTRICT

Kevin Yieh

FOURTH DISTRICT

Carson Denyer
Charles Gravitt
Julia Iacono
Anita Mohajeri
Priya Patel*
Cooper Peterson
Samantha Retz
Franklin Schulte
Maxwell Tsao
Ellen Wang
Riley Wong

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

FIFTH DISTRICT

Bryan Mcnair

EIGHTH DISTRICT

Tressie Goodman

NINTH DISTRICT

Samantha Amantea

TWELFTH DISTRICT

Liana Leininger
Steven Sarkisian

FIFTEENTH DISTRICT

Amy Bommersbach
Issac Morales

SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT

Sarah Bobich

TWENTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Marisa Casarez
Jackson Dodd
Jadyn Gomberg

THIRTY-SECOND DISTRICT

Michael Chatham
Willie Logan, IV
Dalena Ong
Jesse Wilson

THIRTY-THIRD DISTRICT

Ryan Alimento
Kyle Allemand
Justin An
Benny Castillo
Sundeep Chakladar
Allyssa Chan
Jaelynn Christensen
Agnes Cosico
Joanna Diaz
Nallely Estaban Morales
John Gorski
Lauren Kim
Katelyn Nye
Estrella Rochin Figueroa
Camille Rodriguez
Emily Santo

PERALTA DISTRICT

Ryan Koski
Radha Sri-Tharan

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).