Scholarships

The Missouri PTA cares about quality in education. 
Help us by supporting the Missouri PTA Scholarship Program.


The Missouri PTA Distinguished Service Award is a great way to honor someone in your school, unit or community for their service and dedication to the purposes of PTA.  Missouri PTA uses half of the proceeds from this award to fund our scholarships.


HOW TO DONATE TO THE MISSOURI PTA SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

   Caroline B. Ullmann – Established in 1923 to honor Mrs. William Ullmann of Springfield, President of Missouri PTA at the time.

   Dillard A. Mallory – Established in 1962 by D.A. Mallory, former superintendent of Dallas County R-1 (Buffalo School District).  *This scholarship is awarded to a student preparing to teach social studies or the humanities.

   Irma G. Detjen – Established in 1967 by Mr. C. Wheeler Detjen in memory of Irma Detjen, President of Missouri PTA from 1952-1955.

   Helen B. Maupin – Established in 1992 by former trustee and chairman of the Scholarship Program, Helen B. Maupin, as a way to help deserving students become teachers.

   Missouri PTA Scholarship Fund – Would you like to contribute but don’t have a preference for a particular scholarship? You can Donate to a general scholarship fund that will be allocated by the Scholarship Committee.

Donations may be made by sending the following information to the Missouri PTA office:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Amount of Contribution
  • Name of scholarship that the donation is for (Ullmann, Mallory, Detjen, Maupin, Missouri PTA)

Please indicate if this contribution is being made as a memorial or in special recognition of an individual, the Missouri PTA will formally acknowledge all special gifts. Send above information and check to:  Missouri PTA, 2101 Burlington Street, Columbia MO 65202

Caroline B. Ullmann—established in 1923 to honor Mrs. William Ullmann of Springfield, President of Missouri PTA at the time.

Dillard A. Mallory—established in 1962 by D.A. Mallory, former superintendent of Dallas County R-1 (Buffalo School District).  *This scholarship is awarded to a student preparing to teach social studies or the humanities.

Irma G. Detjen—established in 1967 by Mr. C. Wheeler Detjen in memory of Irma Detjen, President of Missouri PTA from 1952-1955.

Helen B. Maupin—established in 1992 by former trustee and chairman of the Scholarship Program, Helen B. Maupin, as a way to help deserving students become teachers.

Each scholarship provides a stipend of $500 per year up to a maximum of $2,000.

To be eligible for this award, applicants must:
1. Be a graduate of or graduating from an accredited Missouri public high school in a school district with at least one PTA/PTSA unit in good standing.
2.  Have a higher than average scholastic standing.
3.  Have outstanding potential aptitude for teaching, good character, and personality.
4.  Show financial need.
5.  Enroll in a college or university in Missouri to obtain a Bachelors/Masters Degree or a community college in Missouri to obtain an Associates of the Arts in Teaching Degree to begin their preparation for teaching. (*Mallory-see above)
6.  For each two (2) years of assistance, recipient must teach for one year in a public elementary or secondary school (or work in some other capacity as a certified educator).

Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarships are open to any high school senior in a Missouri public high school with at least one PTA/PTSA unit in the school district in good standing.  Only one application is accepted from each school.  The postmark deadline to apply is February 15.

These scholarships are awarded in May at recognition ceremonies and graduations.  All scholarship applications must be submitted to your school counselor, not the Missouri PTA office.  All scholarship applications should be turned into your school counselor by the deadline set by your high school counseling office.  For more information on scholarships contact your school counselor.

You may email the Missouri PTA at scholarships@mopta.org with any additional questions regarding scholarship opportunities available through the Missouri PTA.

Download Scholarship Application

FUNDING

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Program receives continuing financial support from contributions by local units and councils of the Missouri PTA, as well as individual gifts and memorials.  The fund receives additional support from one-half (1/2) the proceeds from each Missouri Distinguished Service Award and all proceeds from the sale of each Missouri PTA 100th anniversary commemorative book Honor, Celebrate, Imagine.

ADMINISTRATION OF PROGRAM

Five members who are appointed by the Missouri PTA President administer the Missouri PTA Scholarship Program.  Policies for the scholarships are defined in the Standing Rules of the Missouri PTA.  Under the Standing Rules, a maximum of ten (10) scholarships may be granted each year.  Sufficient funds must be available to assure the completion of each scholarship award.

HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT MISSOURI PTA SCHOLARSHIPS!

Do you know a student who is considering a career in teaching or who may be undecided about his or her future?  PTA members, teachers, and school officials can help “recruit” future teachers by making sure outstanding students are aware of the financial assistance available through the Missouri PTA Scholarship Program.

PROVIDE LOCAL PUBLICITY

Ensure that members and school staff are knowledgeable about the State PTA Scholarship Program.  The PTA Office will provide you with scholarship pamphlets upon request and the Scholarship Chairperson can arrange for additional informational opportunities.

ENCOURAGE SELECTION OF A SCHOLARSHIP CANDIDATE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY

High school principals and counselors receive a plethora of scholarship opportunities through the mail so, please, call their attention to the PTA Scholarship Announcement flier, contained in the scholarship application packets, mailed to qualified high schools in December.  Additionally, high school unit presidents should promote the scholarship at PTA/PTSA meetings and ensure that the program is advocated at Student Council meetings.

PROMOTE ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT

PLEASE establish the Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarship Program as a line item in your annual budget, to ensure that an outstanding young person realizes their goal of becoming a Missouri Public School teacher.

HONOR A DESERVING INDIVIDUAL

Making an endowment to the Missouri State PTA Scholarship Program in the name of an exemplary individual is an excellent way to honor them.  Honor an outstanding volunteer, principal, teacher or community leader with the Missouri PTA Distinguished Service Award.  When purchasing a Distinguished Service Award from Missouri PTA, also consider purchasing our commemorative book as an extra gift for the honoree.

Missouri PTA is pleased to announce our 2019 scholarship recipients. 

These recipients were chosen based on their academic integrity, community service, recommendations from teachers and counselors and their desire, passion and commitment to the teaching profession. We are proud of the accomplishments of these young people and we look forward to their future success.


Caroline B Ullman Fund Scholarship:

Three students are recipients of our Carolyn B. Ullmann (CBU) Fund scholarship.  (The CBU fund is the original Missouri PTA Scholarship fund established in 1923).

The first is Amanda Hei from Hazelwood Central High School in Florissant, MO, who plans to attend University of Missouri – St. Louis to study Elementary Education.   Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society, PTSA, cross country, and swim team. Amanda would like to return to her home community as a teacher to give back to those who have helped her.

Makayla Lee is our second recipient and is from Cameron High School in Cameron, MO.  Makayla plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield, MO and major in math and science education. During her high school years Makayla has been in National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, Student Council, Student Ambassadors, softball, and basketball. Makayla knows education goes further than classroom lessons and grades, it is building relationships with students and caring for their well-being above all else. (Ullman)

The third recipient is Melanie Murphy from Benton High School in St. Joseph, MO. Melanie will be attending Missouri State University in Springfield majoring in elementary education.  During her high school years Melanie has participated in Student Council, National Honor Society, varsity basketball, softball, and golf, as well as Young Life. Melanie wants to go into education to make a lasting impression on students just as her teachers made on her.


Dillard A. Mallory Award:

Cylence Gould from Central High School in St. Joseph, MO is our 2019 recipient of the Dillard A. Mallory Fund Scholarship for Social Studies and the Humanities.  She plans to attend Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph and major in secondary music education.  While in high school Cylence has been involved in honors choir, show choir, theater, peer-tutoring, church youth group, and Young Life Capernaum. She looks forward to being able to share her love of music with students and give them an opportunity to express themselves through music.


The Irma G. Detjen Scholarship:

Grace Shillcutt from Lee’s Summit North High School in Lee’s Summit, MO is our recipient of the Irma G. Detjen Scholarship.  Grace will be attending the University of MIssouri in Columbia, MO and major in elementary education. Her high school activities include Spanish Honor Society, National Honor Society, Lee’s Summit Teacher Academy, Educators Rising, tennis, track, lacrosse, and cheerleading. Grace wants to go into education to guide children in a path that leads them to success because every child matters.


Missouri PTA offers scholarships to assist and encourage young people to enter into the teaching profession.  Applications are available on our website beginning in December.  Each high school with at least one PTA unit “in good standing” in its district is eligible to send one application to Missouri PTA for scholarship consideration.  Since the 1920’s, our goal in providing scholarship opportunities is to help outstanding students realize their dream of becoming teachers. Each scholarship recipient will receive a stipend of $500 per year up to a maximum of $2,000 (subject to continued eligibility).  In addition to these five new scholarship recipients, eleven students will be eligible to renew their scholarships and receive $500 disbursements this fall.

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Program is funded by scholarship investment income and receives continuing financial support from contributions by local units and councils of the Missouri PTA, as well as individual gifts and memorials. The fund receives additional support from one-half (1/2) the proceeds from each Missouri PTA Distinguished Service Award and all proceeds from the sale of each Missouri PTA 100th anniversary commemorative book Honor, Celebrate, Imagine. Missouri PTA appreciates the support of its member units and councils in helping perpetuate these awards.

Congratulations to these outstanding students, and thank you to everyone who contributes to Missouri PTA scholarships.

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