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Scholarships and Awards

Carlmont PTSA Senior Student Scholarships
Students must be a Carlmont PTSA student member prior to submitting an application. Please note that this scholarship is in addition to the scholarships offered by the California State PTA. Applicants are welcome and encouraged to apply for both scholarships. Be aware that the two scholarships have different deadline dates.

The Carlmont PTSA offers $500 scholarship to graduating seniors who have demonstrated excellence in volunteerism and community involvement and who are committed to making a difference in our community. To be considered for these scholarships, students must be a student member of the Carlmont PTSA by the end of February of their senior year and have volunteered in their school and/or community. The scholarship may be used for any accredited college or university, community college or trade/technical school. GPA is not a factor for this scholarship. Applications, including the full description and instructions are available in the College and Career Center and here: 2019 Carlmont PTSA Scholarship Application

California State PTA Senior Student Scholarships
Two State PTA scholarships are available for your application:
$750 Volunteer Service Scholarship — This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year. Applications, reference forms and letters must be received by California State PTA by February 1; proof of enrollment and completion of coursework must be provided to California State PTA by June 1.

$500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship – Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Applications and all supporting documents must be received in the California State PTA office by February 1. All applicants are notified of their status in March. Scholarship winners receive a letter of congratulations and recognition certificate from California State PTA along with a check.

For questions and more information, please contact the California State PTA Scholarship and Grant Chairman at

Carlmont PTSA Honorary Service Awards
Each May, Carlmont PTSA hosts a special awards evening to celebrate all who have given service to our students, school, and community. Special honors are awarded to those who have gone above and beyond. The Honorary Service Awards committee asks PTSA members to submit the names of parents, staff, and/or community members who they think have have given exemplary service to Carlmont. With each award the PTSA submits a donation to the State PTA HSA Program which provides resources for the California Scholarship and Grant Program.

Golden Oak Service Award
The most prestigious PTA award in California. May be given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the welfare of children and youth in the school or community, strongly contributed to the PTSA, and has been involved in their community. Carlmont PTSA makes a contribution in the amount of $60 in the name of the recipient to the State PTA HSA Program.

Honorary Service Award
May be given an individual in special recognition of outstanding service to children and youth -- one who has played a major role for several years on various school and community projects. Carlmont PTSA makes a contribution in the amount of $30 in the name of the recipient to the State PTA HSA Program.

Continuing Service Award
May be given to an individual in special recognition for continued service to children and youth and may or may not have received an Honorary Service Award -- one who has served continuously on committees or has worked regularly as a volunteer over several years. Carlmont PTSA makes a contribution in the amount of $30 in the name of the recipient to the State PTA HSA Program.

Very Special Person Award
May be given to an individual for work on a special project or for a unique individual contribution to the school community -- for instance, one who has been an outstanding coach, tutor, scout leader, or committee chairperson. Carlmont PTSA makes a contribution in the amount of $15 to the State PTA HSA Program.

In the Spirit of Cooperation
May be given to a group of people who go above and beyond to make good things happen at Carlmont - for instance, requires the cooperation and collaboration of the entire group to achieve success.

Certificate of Appreciation
May be given to an individual who devotes time and energy to Carlmont either as a volunteer or as a paid employee and goes above and beyond the job description.

Teacher/Staff Excellence Award
May be given to a teacher or staff member whose contributions go above and beyond the classroom setting.