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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: The Friday, February 12, 2021 deadline has passed.

Award Amount: up to $6,000

Goals

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

Total ethnic minority students – 76.7% (2019-2020) California Dept. of Education

Total ethnic minority teachers – 34.1% (2018-2019) Due to COVID-19 there is no data for 2019-2020 from California Dept. of Education.

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 2020-2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program Committee:

Jennefer Porch, Chair
Robert Ellis, Co-Board Liaison
Telly Tse, Co-Board Liaison
Viridiana Castro Silva
Angela Cencak
Claude Constant
Troy Doyle
Stanley “Stan” Ennis
Gina Gray
Cynthia Hammond
Nancy Lara
Aba-Yawa Ngissah
Bobby Welch

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.