Scholarships & Grants


CTA Scholarships

CTA offers several different educational scholarships to members and their dependents throughout the academic year. Listed below are the major CTA scholarships. 

CTA Scholarship For Dependent Children
Criteria and Eligibility  Apply Here

This program offers up to thirty-five (35) scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to dependent children of active, retired or deceased CTA members. The highest scoring applicant is awarded the Ralph J. Flynn Memorial Scholarship. 


  • Deadline: February 3, 2017 (Application must be received online by 11:59PM)

Del A. Weber Scholarship for Dependent Children Attending Continuation High School/Alternative Programs
Criteria and Eligibility  Apply Here

This program offers one scholarship in the amount of $5,000 to a dependent child of an "active," retired or deceased CTA member who is attending or attended a continuation high school or an alternative education program. 


  • Deadline: February 3, 2017 (Application must be received online by 11:59PM)

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship  
Brochure    Criteria   Apply Here

This CTA scholarship is given in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to aid members of ethnic minorities in pursuing a college degree, credential or certification for a teaching-related career in public education. Applicant must be an "active" CTA member, Student CTA member or dependent of a CTA member.


  • Deadline: February 17, 2017 (Application must be received online by 11:59PM)

CTA Scholarship For Members
Criteria and Eligibility  Apply Here

This program offers up to five (5) scholarships in the amount of $3,000 to current "active" CTA members completing college coursework. The highest scoring applicant is awarded the Alice Piper American Indian/Alaska Native Memorial Scholarship.


  • Deadline: February 3, 2017 (Application must be received online by 11:59PM)

GLBT “Guy DeRosa” Safety In Schools Grant & Scholarship Program   
Grant Criteria   Apply Here

This program provides grants to support projects and presentations that promote understanding and respect for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender persons, in addition to scholarships for members enrolled in a teacher/counseling credential or graduate program who understand the importance of GLBT educators as role models.


  • Deadline: December 16, 2016

CTA César E. Chávez Memorial Education Awards Program
Written Essay Criteria | Visual Art Criteria Brochure
Individual Project Apply here      
Group Project Apply here

This awards program provides recognition for teams of students and their teachers who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles by which César Chávez lived his life. The recipients, both students and sponsoring CTA members, will receive up to $550 and their work will be recognized by the posting of visual art and written essays online and in various CTA publications. The exact amount will be determined by the Awards committee.


CTA Grants
CTA Minority Incentive Grants

The CTA Board of Directors will award Minority Incentive Grants for each conference in order to encourage new minority leadership and participation within the Association. CTA members are encouraged to apply for these grants.

Additionally, Small Chapter Incentive Grants are available for each conference to chapters with a unit size of 100 or fewer unit members. For the Issues Conference, there will be additional Small Chapter grants offered to chapters with a unit size of 101-200 unit members and also for 25 or fewer.


Each grant includes payment of the conference fee and transportation expenses. Housing and all other expenses will be the responsibility of the individual, the chapter, the school district, the Service Center Council or the UniServ unit.

For grant details click here, or click here to get started.


Institute for Teaching

CTA's Institute for Teaching is a 501c3 bringing a new, teacher-led approach to school change based on what is working and successful in the classroom.

Take a look at what's happening and how the IFT is taking positive steps to improve learning. 




    • Blaine Boyer, RVHS Teacher was awarded a $18,000 grant for his Achievement through the Arts program.

    • Sandra Cerny, RVHS Teacher was awarded a $5,000 grant for her Empowering Online Blended Learners program.

    • Molly Newman a Teacher was awarded a $5,000 grant for her Engineering/ STEM for all MMS students.    



NEA Grants & Awards


The National Education Foundation awards close to 200 grants to support educators' efforts to close the achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.


There are two primary grant categories open to public education professionals:

  • LEARNING & LEADERSHIP GRANTS - The NEA Foundation provides grants to support public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: Grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

  • STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GRANTS​ - The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.


For more grant details click here