UTLA annually offers a variety of scholarships to students
Christa McAuliffe Scholarship
Christa McAuliffe, teacher-astronaut of the Challenger crew, symbolizes the dedication of educators to America. McAuliffe, along with six other crew members, was killed on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida. To commemorate her pioneering spirit, UTLA established the Christa McAuliffe Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarships assist students in continuing their studies, increasing their knowledge and expanding their abilities.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship
Each spring the UTLA African American Education Committee celebrates the life of the civil rights legend by offering a scholarship to LAUSD students in grade K-12. The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. scholarship awards are given to LAUSD students who desire to "keep the dream alive" by continuing their education past their high school career.
Rigoberto Ruelas Scholarship
The Rigoberto Ruelas Scholarship is granted to graduating college-bound seniors who attend any LAUSD High School. Rigoberto Ruelas was a teacher for the Los Angeles Unified School District who dedicated his life to serving the students and families of Miramonte Elementary School. His love of teaching and guiding students to attend college will be his legacy.
Ruben Salazar Scholarship
The Ruben Salazar Scholarship is awarded annually to graduating college bound seniors and community adult school students who attend any LAUSD high school and Community Adult School to increase their studies. It is given in honor of Ruben Salazar, an award-winning journalist who wrote extensively about the plight of Spanish speaking Americans in the United States. The Los Angeles Times journalist was killed in 1970 by police while covering the demonstration and ensuing riot during the Chicano Moratorium against the War in Vietnam.
Sue Embrey Scholarship
The Sue Embrey Scholarship provides recognition for students and their teacher sponsors who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which Sue Embrey lived her life. At the age of 19, Embrey was incarcerated at Manzanar with other persons of Japanese ancestry during World War II. After the war, Embrey started a career as a schoolteacher. Then in 1969, Embrey helped organize the very first Manzanar Pilgrimage and soon after co-founded the Manzanar Committee that spearheaded the effort to designate Manzanar as a California State Historic Landmark and eventually a National Historic Site. Sue Embrey passed away in 2006 at the age of 83. The Scholarship Program honors the memory of this great woman and ensures that the spirit of her work continues.
This scholarship helps gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students enhance their self-esteem and stay in school. It also helps educate non-gay youth to be more accepting of their peers. The name "Stonewall" comes from the Stonewall Rebellion, a key event in the GLBT civil rights movement. The UTLA Stonewall scholarship provides financial assistance to deserving LAUSD high school students of all sexual orientations to further their educational goals.