2022-2023 Missouri PTA Scholarships

Seeking 2023 seniors going into education. Apply for the Missouri PTA Scholarship. Deadline February 15.

Don’t let our future educators miss out on an opportunity for money to attend college!

Missouri PTA offers $500 renewable scholarships to seniors who plan to major in education.

In order to apply, students must attend a school district with at least one PTA unit in good standing.

The application deadline is February 15th.

With the rising cost of higher education, any amount of extra funding can be quite helpful.

For more information or to download the scholarship application Counselors/Seniors can visit the scholarship page of the Missouri PTA website at


2016 Missouri PTA Scholarship Recipients

The Missouri PTA Scholarship Committee selected three outstanding students to receive Missouri PTA Teacher Education Scholarships for the fall 2016 school year.

Helen B Maupin Foundation:


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]
Janelle D., Raytown South High School, Raytown, MO, plans to major in Secondary Education (Spanish/ESL).  She has excelled in a variety of subjects and extracurricular activities including Missouri Girls State, Fashion Design, Forensics, Cross Country Track, Soccer, FCCLA, NHS, Student Council and Art Club and has a number of tutoring experiences.  She is inspired to become a teacher because of the impact teachers have had on her life.  Janelle looks forward to inspiring and mentoring others and plans to “pour love, encouragement and kindness into the lives” of her students.

Caroline B Ullman:


[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end]
Kaylan B.
, Potosi High School, Potosi, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Music; 3rd Grade).  She has participated in National Honor Society, Future Teachers, All-District Choir, All-District and All-Conference Band, cadet teaching and is known to be a leader in both her school and her community.  She believes that teachers are the shapers of the next generation and she looks forward to creating the “next generation of doctors, scientists, and great thinkers” who will change the world.

Marissa S.
, Winnetonka High School, North Kansas City Schools, Kansas City, MO, plans to major in Elementary Education (Early Childhood-Kindergarten).  She has been active in Student Council, Key Club, Softball, Choir, volunteering and informal tutoring of friends and family.  She is known to excel academically while keeping up with 30 hours per week of working outside of school.  Education has always been important to Marissa, and she wants to teach kids that “they can be anything they want if they stay in school and do their best.”
[/ezcol_2third] [ezcol_1third_end]


Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award:

Each fall, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Memorial Award (PAH Award) is awarded to an outstanding senior, one with a record of exceptional academics, outstanding character, community service and a commitment to teaching.  Income from the PAH Fund is used to finance these awards.


In August 2015, the Scholarship Committee selected Shannon C. of Independence, MO to receive this award.  Shannon will graduate with honors from William Jewell College.  In addition to her academic honors, she has been a dance instructor and is captain of the William Jewell dance team.  Shannon states that she decided to become a teacher in part because of classroom experiences that she contributes to PTA’s impact: “PTA has had a large impact on my decision to become a teacher.  PTA provides students with so many learning experiences and opportunities that coincide with what is being taught in the classroom and that make teaching worthwhile. All throughout elementary school, PTA funded and sponsored many things that contributed to my growth as a learner. They helped foster my love for school and learning, and that love is one of the reasons I decided to become a teacher.”

In addition to the PAH Award, seventeen (17) students have renewed their annual scholarship disbursements of $500.00; totaling $8,700.00 awarded by Missouri PTA in scholarships last fall.  Historically, scholarships have been funded by income from endowment funds, individual donations and local PTA Council and Unit gifts.  In addition to individual, unit and council contributions, half of the proceeds of the Distinguished Service Award is designated for scholarships.

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

Donna Petiford
Scholarship Chair and Immediate Past-President, Missouri PTA

Please visit the Missouri PTA Scholarship page for more information.



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 [email protected] 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