Annual Scholarships

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These annual scholarships are committee and sponsor driven, and are open to graduating LAUSD seniors and each have specific criteria for eligibility. Generally, the scholarship packets are available the beginning of each year in January. 


César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program

Deadline:  March 4, 2022

Award of up to $550 for both students and sponsoring CTA members.

This program is designed to provide recognition for educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which César E. Chávez lived his life.




BETTER BROTHERS LA Scholarship Application Open for Submissions

Deadline: Friday, February 4, 2022 at 5:00pm PT / 8:00pm ET

Do you know a Black LGBTQ+ student who could use assistance paying for school?

We encourage you to apply for a Better Brothers LA scholarship, which provides financial assistance with college and vocational educational expenses. Scholarships range from $500.00 to $5,000.00, and are presented at the annual Truth Awards ceremony.

This year’s scholarships will be awarded at the 8th Annual Truth Awards on Saturday, March 12, 2022. Black LGBTQ+ students across the country are eligible to apply.




Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship 

Deadline: February 11, 2022, 11:59 p.m | Email Debbie Reid

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.

CTA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship 

The goal of the scholarship 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 Educational Support Professional (ESP) members.

Apply: CLICK HERE   




Sue Embrey Scholarship

2020 not available yet. | Email Lucy Rothstein

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. 



Christa McAuliffe Scholarship

Cancelled this year. | Email Stacey Baskin 

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. 



Rigoberto Ruelas Scholarship

DEADLINE HAS PASSED | Email Edith Romero​​​​

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

DEADLINE: Application and your entry are due via email no later than 5:00 PM – Friday, April 22, 2022  | Email Eric Barrientos

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.

Salazar Scholarship Flyer_2022

Download fillable application: CLICK HERE   

*To download, hover your mouse at the bottom of the form in the center and 4 icons will appear. Select the rightmost icon and it will be saved in your downloads folder. See image ⬇︎

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LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa

Deadline:  May 31, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Grants and scholarships of up to $2,500.

The grant program will support LGBTQ+ groups, projects and presentations that promote understanding and respect for LGBTQ+ persons.

The scholarship program will support self-identified LGBTQ members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education.





Stonewall Scholarship

All entries must be received on Monday, May 9th, 2022.| Email Claudia Padilla

*Check out the UTLA Stonewall Scholarship Committee web page*

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.

Stonewall Scholarship 2022


Stonewall Scholarship 2022 Poster




For more information on any of these scholarships, contact Diana Darty at (213) 487-5560