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Encouraging Educators, Promoting Growth

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students to become educators, school nurses, school counselors or school therapists and to promote professional growth for BIPOC teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESP) members.

Applications are now available!

Deadline: Friday, February 10, 2023

Award Amount: up to $6,000

Questions? Email scholarships@cta.org

CTA recognizes the shortage of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) educators in California. The goal of the Fund is to encourage BIPOC students to become educators, school nurses, school counselors or school therapists and to promote professional growth for BIPOC teachers and Education Support Professionals (ESP) members.

Total BIPOC students – 77.9% (2021-2022) California Dept. of Education

Total BIPOC teachers – 34.1% (2018-2019) Due to COVID-19 there is no data for 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 from California Dept. of Education.

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 financial need of individual applicants. Past recipients have received up to $6,000. Priority consideration will be given to those who have not previously received a Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses only.

Any member or chapter may designate a memorial contribution to the CTA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund. The bereaved is sent a notice which acknowledges a contribution to the fund in memory of the deceased and naming the donor. The contributor receives a receipt for use in preparing income tax deduction claims. Additional contributions may be made in honor of individuals and their achievements.

Send Donations To:
California Teachers Association
c/o Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program
PO Box 921
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

Make Checks Payable To:

CTA FOUNDATION
(In check memo line indicate Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program)

Scholarship Committee

The 2022-2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee:

Gina Gray, Chair
Robert Ellis, Co-Board Liaison
Krystal Jones
Angie Cencak
Juleus Chapman
Claude Constant
Kashara Moore
Jonathan Oyaga
Missmary Vaughn
Lynn White
Nathan Willis

The members of the committee are approved by the CTA Board of Directors and represent a broad cross section of racial and BIPOC members.