The Pennsylvania PTA offers Graduating High School Senior Scholarship(s) in the amount of $500.00 each to acknowledge the achievements of high school seniors for volunteer service in the school and community.



    Scholarship funds are available to high school seniors graduating between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year from high schools in Pennsylvania with a PTA/PTSA unit in good standing. Scholarship is to be used during the fall semester/quarter following high school graduation at an accredited college or university, community college or trade/technical school.



    An application (including two reference forms) may be downloaded here. References are to be completed by a community volunteer leader with whom student applicant has served and a member of the high school faculty. Completed reference forms and letters should be given to the applicant in a sealed envelope to be included with application packet. Reference form and letter must be written specifically for this scholarship application. Copies of recommendation letters for college admission are NOT acceptable. Do not submit more than the requested two reference forms and letters.


    Completed application, a legible copy of current PTA/PTSA membership card on an 8-1/2” x 11” sheet of paper, essay responses and reference forms/letters in sealed envelopes are to be mailed together in ONE envelope to the Pennsylvania PTA. Application envelope must be received in the Pennsylvania PTA office by close of business April 1. When April 1 falls on a weekend, application is due in the Pennsylvania PTA office by the close of business on the following Monday. Postmarks will not be accepted. Application will not be considered if received after due date or if any of the required materials are missing. Original application and reference forms with letters must be mailed; facsimiles will not be accepted.



    This scholarship recognizes volunteer service in the school and community and does not have a grade point restriction or requirement. Applicant must be a Pennsylvania resident, graduating from a high school in Pennsylvania with a PTA/PTSA unit in good standing and must be a member of his/her high school PTA/PTSA. A copy of applicant’s current PTA/PTSA membership card must be submitted with application.



    Recipients are selected by representatives of the Pennsylvania PTA Membership/Extension Committee. All Applicants will be notified of their standing by letter following the April Board of Managers meeting. A check for the scholarship will be sent directly to the recipient upon receipt of proof of enrollment (tuition payment receipt) to their school of choice.