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Celebrating César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta and their Legacies

The César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program provides recognition for educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles embraced by César Chávez and Dolores Huerta. 

Deadline: March 4, 2022

Award Amount: Up to $550

Note: Applications will be available online in mid-October.

The Purpose of the Fund 

César E. Chávez, the founder and president of the United Farm Workers of America, dedicated his life to improving the plight of American farmworkers and pointing out the dangers of pesticide on food. His deep belief in the principles of nonviolence and the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. won him the admiration and respect of leaders throughout the world. He believed strongly in public schools and stated:

“The purpose of all education should surely be service to others.” 

In April 2020, the program was renamed the César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program to honor the contributions of both leaders. The César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award provides recognition for educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles embraced by César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta.

The Award Program honors the memory of these great leaders and ensures that the spirit of their work continues in the classrooms.

Silent Auction of Artwork to Support Cesar Chavez Memorial Scholarship

Building the Future: Donations

Sustaining finances for the Fund come from voluntary contributions and the CTA Foundation for Teaching and Learning. 

Send Donations To: 

California Teachers Association
César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program
P.O. Box 921, Attn: Janeya Dawson
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

Make Checks Payable To

CTA FOUNDATION
(In check memo line indicate César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program)

Awards Committee

The 2021-2022 César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program Committee:

  • Alberto Mojica, Chair
  • Robert Ellis, Co-Board Liaison
  • Telly Tse, Co-Board Liaison
  • Ricardo Aguilar
  • Steven Alba
  • Maritza Avila
  • Maria Hernandez
  • Kashara Moore
  • Christina Moslen Chun
  • Alexander Rectra
  • Dorothy Reina
  • Daniel Robles
  • Fernando Santillan
  • Ken Tang
  • Erika Zamora