Missouri PTA Scholarship Program

Missouri PTA Scholarship Program

Scholarships awarded by Missouri Congress of Parents and Teachers to Encourage Excellence in Teaching


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.

To download an application, please visit our scholarships page and click on the “Scholarships – Application Process” tab.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

Name, Address, Amount of Contribution, and name of scholarship that the donation is for (Ullmann, Mallory, Detjen, Maupin)

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

PTA’s Stand Against Child Abuse

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Over 3 million reports of child abuse are made every year in the United States; however, those reports can include multiple children. In 2009, approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports and allegations were made involving an estimated 6 million children. Child abuse can take many forms and includes neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and medical neglect. The repercussions of all types of abuse are life altering and lifelong.

  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
  • More than five children die every day as a result of child abuse.
  • Approximately 80% of children that die from abuse are under the age of 4.
  • It is estimated that between 50-60% of child fatalities due to maltreatment are not recorded as such on death certificates.
  • More than 90% of juvenile sexual abuse victims know their perpetrator in some way.
  • Child abuse occurs at every socioeconomic level, across ethnic and cultural lines, within all religions and at all levels of education.
  • Abused children are 25% more likely to experience teen pregnancy.
  • Abused teens are less likely to practice safe sex, putting them at greater risk for STDs.
  • About 30% of abused and neglected children will later abuse their own children, continuing the horrible cycle of abuse.
  • About 80% of 21 year olds that were abused as children met criteria for at least one psychological disorder.

As a PTA, what can we do to make a difference in this staggering problem of child abuse? Our goal should be to prevent child abuse before it occurs. Although recognition and treatment are important, prevention is the best way to combat this epidemic. Heightening the awareness of the problem is an important first step in the fight against this epidemic.

As a PTA leader, you have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the children and families around you. Educate yourself about the problem and the resources around you. There are many types of programs that strive to prevent abuse. Support and education for new as well as older parents, early and regular child and family screenings and treatment, and general family support all can contribute to preventing abuse.

As a PTA, we can do our part to provide information, education and family support through our programs at the local, state and national level. We can also advocate for laws and policies that strengthen the family and work to prevent and treat child abuse. PTAs can collaborate with other organizations that specialize in the prevention of child abuse and connect the families in our schools with these organizations.

“Missouri Kids First” offers these steps for helping to prevent child abuse.  They can be found and printed out for your membership at http://www.missourikidsfirst.org/pcamo/Missouri%20Prevention%20Partners/five-steps-.pdf.

1. Care for Yourself

Learn more about how children grow and learn, and tips for parenting during each stage

of growth. Take time out for yourself so you have the inner strength to bounce back when things are hard. Seek support from family, friends and neighbors to help cope with the stress of everyday life.

2. Care for Children

Spend time listening, reading, talking and playing with a child. Teach good behavior by using good behavior yourself. Let children know they are loved.

3. Care for Others

Offer a helping hand to others who care for children and let them know everyone needs help from time to time. Provide emotional support to family, friends and neighbors caring for children.

4. Get Involved

Ask community leaders and businesses to make caring for children and families a priority. Register to vote and stay informed about local, state and national policies that impact children. Volunteer your time or donate to help children thrive.

5. ­Report

Trust your instincts. If you believe a child has been or may be harmed, call the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-392-3738 or 911 for law enforcement.

The PTA mission, to be “a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for all families and communities, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child” should be our focus as we work together to prevent child abuse.  Working together and with other organizations we will make a difference.


Tips for Making Exercise a Family Affair

Parents need to engage in regular physical activity, not only for their own health, but for their children’s benefit, as well. Children learn by example. Let your children know that you enjoy exercising because it’s an important part of a healthy lifestyle, it helps you get stronger and gives you more energy, which helps make you look and feel better about yourself.

It can be difficult for parents to fit exercise into their family’s busy schedules. With a little planning and creativity, however, you can find ways to exercise with your children. Listed below are some simple ways you can exercise with your children:

Infant through Preschool Aged Children
Grab the stroller and go for a brisk walk with your children. You could also purchase a jogging stroller, which allows you
to walk faster, jog, or run at a fast pace while pushing the stroller.
Use a back carrier to transport young children. Carrying the added weight can help burn extra calories as you walk.
If your child is walking, take a leisurely stroll around the block or at a nearby park. Remember to limit the distance; little legs
can tire quickly.
Turn on some lively music and dance with your children.
Use an infant carrier or bike trailer to go on a bike ride with your children.

Grade School Aged Children
Try in-line skating or skating. Be sure that everyone is equipped with helmets and protective gear.
Spend an afternoon at the park or playground. Bring along a flying disc or football so that you and your children can play together.
Play a game of catch or kickball in your backyard.
Go for a hike in the forest or bicycle ride on a nearby nature trail.
Let your children help you in the yard. They can help you dig holes, plant flowers, and rake leaves.

Teenage Children
Go for a walk with your children after dinner each night.
Purchase a family membership at a local health club and work out together several days each week.
Play tennis, golf or basketball with your children.
Register your family for a run or walk event in your area. You can also train together before the event.
Join a community volleyball or softball team that is open to teens and adults.