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Did you know that CTA offers financial support to CTA members and their dependents throughout the year? One of the benefits of being an active CTA member is having              scholarships, grants and awards available to you and your dependent children. Some of the deadlines are quickly approaching. See the opportunities below and apply now.

For more detailed information, click on the bolded titles.

CTA Scholarships
Deadline: February 9, 2024
CTA Scholarships are offered in the following categories. Scholarship funds must be used for education-related expenses only.

Dependent Children
This program offers up to 35 scholarships of up to $5,000 each to a dependent child of an active member of CTA, CTA/NEA-Retired or a deceased CTA member and be claimed as a dependent on the member's current year's IRS form.

Dependent Children in Honor of Del A. Weber 
This program offers one scholarship of up to $5,000 to a dependent child attending or attended continuation high school/alternative education programs.

This program offers up to five scholarships of up to $3,000 each to active members of CTA (including members working on an emergency credential).


CTA Aspiring Educators in Honor of L. Gordon Bittle Memorial
Formerly known as Student CTA  (SCTA) in Honor of L. Gordon Bittle Scholarship, this program offers up to three scholarships of up to $5,000 each to active members of CTA Aspiring Educators and pursuing a career in public education.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship
Deadline:  February 23, 2024

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages Black, Indigenous, 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.

César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program
Deadline:  March 1, 2024

This award program provides recognition for educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles embraced by César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta.

NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence
Deadline:  March 1, 2024

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence recognize, reward and promote both excellence in teaching and advocacy for the profession. The awards are presented jointly by the National Education Association (NEA) and the NEA Foundation.

Institute for Teaching Grant
Deadline:  March 31, 2024

The Institute for Teaching (IFT) is currently accepting applications for our grant program. Members can apply for either an Educator Grant (up to $5,000) or an Impact Grant (up to $20,000 for teams of educators).

Members who are awarded a grant receive 100% of the funds (unlike many other grant programs where the funds are sent to the grant recipient's school district who takes a portion of the funds for administrative costs).

Visit to access our IFT Grant Program Guide, find information about an upcoming IFT grant training, or to book an appointment during our office hours on Tuesdays from 2:00-5:00 pm.

LGBTQ+ Safety in Schools Grant & Scholarship Program in Honor of Guy DeRosa
Deadline:  May 31, 2024

The grant program will support groups, projects and presentations that promote understanding of and respect for LGBTQ+ persons. In addition, the scholarship program will support self-identified LGBTQ+ active CTA/CTA Aspiring Educators members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who are pursuing a career in public education and who understand the importance of LGBTQ+ educators as role models in our public schools.

Questions? Email or IFT grants

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