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Encouraging Educators, Promoting Growth

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors or school therapists and to promote professional growth for teachers and ESP members of color.

Deadline: February every year (2020 deadline has passed)

Award Amount: up to $6,000

Goals & Eligibility

CTA recognizes the shortage of educators of colors in California. The goal of the Fund is to encourage students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors or school therapists and to promote professional growth for teachers and ESP members of color.

Total ethnic minority students – 76.3% (2018-2019) California Dept. of Education)

Total ethnic minority teachers – 34.1% (2018-2019 California Dept. of Education)

  • Pursuing a degree, credential or certification for a teaching-related career in public education in an accredited institution of higher education 
  • A member of one of the following defined ethnic minority groups: (African American/Black, American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic) 
  • Enrolled for summer or fall of 2020 
  • An active member of CTA 
  • A dependent child of an active, CTA/NEA-Retired, or deceased CTA 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 and maintain membership at the time of disbursement. 

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

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 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.

Contribute to a Living Memorial

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.

Scholarship Committee

The 2019-2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program Committee:
Karen Lord-Eyewe, Chairperson
Robert Ellis, Board Liaison
Bill Freeman, Board Liaison
Temisha Brame Carter
Liana Guillen Zavala
Cynthia Hammond
Taunya Jaco
Tommy Krause
Nancy Lara
Troy Liggins
Aba-Yawa Ngissah
Angela Pascual
Jennefer Porch
Jeanna Tang 

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