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Supporting CTA Members and Their Families

The CTA Scholarship Program offers scholarships in the following categories: CTA members, dependent children of active members and Student CTA members. 

  • The CTA Scholarship for Dependent Children offers a maximum of 35 scholarships of up to $5,000 each.
  • The CTA Scholarship in Honor of Del A. Weber offers one scholarship of up to $5,000 to a dependent child of an active member of CTA, CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member who is attending or attended a continuation high school or an alternative education program.
  • The CTA Scholarship for Members offers a maximum of five scholarships of up to $3,000 each.
  • The Student CTA (SCTA) Scholarship in Honor of L. Gordon Bittle offers a maximum of three scholarships of up to $5,000 each. 

Deadline: January every year (2020 Deadline has passed)

Award Amount: up to $5,000

  • A maximum of 34 scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded.
  • One scholarship is provided in Honor of Ralph J. Flynn and is awarded to the highest-scoring applicant.
  • One scholarship is provided in Honor of Ruthie Fagerstrom and is awarded to the second highest-scoring applicant.
  • One scholarship is provided in Honor of Susan B. Anthony and is awarded to the third highest-scoring applicant.
  • Applicant must be the dependent child of an active member of CTA, CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member and be claimed as a dependent on the member’s current year’s IRS form.
  • High school grade point average should reflect a high unweighted average. College coursework should reflect high academic achievement. Explain any unique circumstances related to medical, physical or emotional difficulties that may have affected your grades.

(Dependent Children Attending Continuation High School/Alternative Education Programs) 

  • A maximum of one scholarship of up to $5,000 is awarded. 
  • Applicant must be the dependent child of an active member of CTA, CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member and be claimed as a dependent on the member’s current year’s IRS form.
  • A maximum of five scholarships of up to $3,000 are awarded.
  • One scholarship is designated as the American Indian/ Alaska Native Memorial Scholarship in Honor of Alice Piper and is awarded to the highest-scoring applicant.
  • One scholarship is designated for an ESP member who wants to transition into the teaching profession, provided an ESP member applies.
  • Applicant must be an active member of CTA (including members working on an emergency credential).
  • College coursework should demonstrate high academic achievement. Explain any unique circumstances related to medical, physical or emotional difficulties that may have affected your grades.
  • A maximum of three scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded.
  • One scholarship is designated as the Pacific Asian American Scholarship in Honor of Philip Vera Cruz and is awarded to the highest-scoring applicant.
  • Applicant must be an active member of Student CTA (SCTA) and pursuing a career in public education.
  • High school grade point average should reflect a high unweighted average. College coursework should reflect high academic achievement. Explain any unique circumstances related to medical, physical or emotional difficulties that may have affected your grades.
  1. Scholarships are awarded based on:
Applicant’s Statement 50 pts
School and Community Activities 20 pts (70%)
Recommendation Form #1 15
Recommendation Form #2 15 pts (30%)
Total: 100 pts (100%)


Points will be deducted if the guidelines are not followed. 

  1. Recommendation forms must separately address each of the following categories: 
  • Involvement in human, social and/or civic issues that reflect responsibility, reliability and integrity. 
  • Educational and personal achievements that reflect academic and/or vocational potential.
  1. Applications are read in their entirety by the CTA Scholarship Committee. The applications with the highest cumulative scores are chosen as scholarship recipients.

  2. Scholarship applicants are notified by mail in May. In order to receive funds, scholarship recipients will be required to submit proof of registration for the summer or fall semester/quarter as:  
  • A full-time student in an accredited institution of higher learning; or 
  • Registered in an approved credential or degree program in an accredited institution of higher learning; or 
  • Registered in an approved technical training or certificate program if the applicant is an ESP member. 

Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses only

If you have any questions, please call Janeya Dawson at 650-552-5446 or email scholarships@cta.org