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Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship


Criteria | Guidelines for Letter of RecommendationsInstructions | Apply here - Application | Brochure

 

Goal

CTA recognizes the shortage of ethnic minority teachers in California. (Source: 2011-13 California Dept. of Education)

Total ethnic minority students – 74.0%
Total ethnic minority teachers – 29.6%

The goal of the fund is to encourage ethnic minority students to become educators and to promote professional growth for ethnic minority teachers and paraprofessionals.


Fund

This scholarship is supported by voluntary contributions from the CTA membership and the CTA Foundation for Teaching and Learning. Scholarships vary each year depending on the amount of contributions and on the fi nancial need of individual applicants. Past recipients have received up to $6,000.

Priority consideration will be given out to those who have not previously received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship.
Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses only.


Eligibility

In order to be eligible, an applicant must be pursuing a teaching related career in public education and be a member of a defined ethnic minority group.

Applicants must also be:

  • An active member of CTA, or
  • A dependent child of an active, retired, or deceased CTA member, or
  • An active member of Student CTA (SCTA)

In order to receive the scholarship, the active SCTA member must:

  • Reside in California
  • Maintain membership at the time of disbursement


Eligibility for Criteria

To be eligible for the 2014 CTA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship, the applicant must:

1. Be one of the following:


  • An "Active" member of CTA.
  • A dependent child of an "Active," retired, or deceased member (per IRS ruling)
  • An “Active” member of Student CTA (SCTA).

    In order to receive the scholarship, the active SCTA member must:
    • Reside in California
    • Maintain membership at the time of disbursement

2. Be a member of one of the following defined ethnic minority groups:
African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Hispanic.

3. Be pursuing a college degree, credential, or certification for a teaching-related career in public education in an accredited institution of higher education. Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses only.

*Priority consideration will be given out to those who have not previously received the Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship.

4. Submit one (1) letter of recommendation from one (1) of the following using the guidelines on page 7:

  • A person familiar with the applicant's current professional or student academic record
  • A person familiar with the applicant's aspirations and educational goals

*Recommendation letters from family members will not be considered.

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