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Since 1948, the Colorado PTA has awarded over 300 scholarships to graduating students who attend PTA/PTSA affiliated high schools.

To apply

a student must:
  • Be a graduating high school senior and a member of an affiliated PTA/PTSA high school in good standing.
  • Plan to enroll as a full-time college student taking a minimum of 12 semester hours.
  • Have maintained a 2.5-grade point average on a 4.0-point scale.

for the scholarship awards are:
  • Scholastic Record: Current transcript including GPA and ACT or SAT scores as available.
  • School/community service/work experiences.
  • Financial need will be the determining factor. The student is required to submit a copy of their FAFSA.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • 500-word essay.

Completed applications must be in the Colorado PTA office, postmarked by March 15 of the current year. Winners will be notified in April and invited to attend as our guest at the Colorado PTA Convention. The scholarship is awarded for one year, split equally by semester. Only current application forms will be accepted.  Download the application here!

Guidance for Colorado PTA Scholarship Applicants and RecommendersAn Online Resource, Issued 2022, by Colorado PTA


The Colorado PTA Sue Anderson Education Advocate Award is granted to recognize outstanding contributions to public education in Colorado. While educators are often thought of first, this award is intended to recognize anyone who is actively involved in the education of youth in an exceptional way: Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, and Community volunteers.   Nominations must come from Colorado PTA members, local units, or councils. The recipient must be a PTA Member and an individual who has contributed to education in Colorado public schools. The contribution must be ongoing or have occurred within the past three years.

Throughout the year, National PTA & Colorado PTA offer opportunities, awards, and grants to honor or support PTAs as they: engage families, support student success, improve the health and safety of students and families, increase access to arts education or celebrate advocacy and diversity.

Connect for Respect

Connect for Respect—Bullying Connect for Respect (C4R) is National PTA’s initiative to help students, parents, and educators to create school climates full of safe and supportive peer relationships.

Life Achievement Award

Give the National PTA® – Life Achievement Award—the highest honor from the nation’s largest child advocacy organization—to the person who daily lives out his or her commitment to children.

Family Reading Experience

When Families Read Together, Learning Happens! March is National Reading Month. Celebrate with a Family Reading Experience!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities are abundant! “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr. Seuss

Teacher Appreciation Week

How You Can #ThankATeacher. Join us during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week to #ThankATeacher for all that they deliver to our nation’s children.

Every Child in Focus

National PTA’s Every Child in Focus is a campaign to strengthen family engagement in schools by celebrating the achievements and reporting the disparities within diverse populations and sharing resources and advocacy tools to help understand the needs of every child.

Jan Harp Domene Diversity & Inclusion Award

The purpose of the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award contest is to recognize PTAs that are dedicated to the needs of all families represented in their schools.

Colorado Department of Education’s PEP Conferences

PEP brings parents and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to parenting, educating and partnering to support student learning. PEP Conferences are offered at no cost to attendees.

Safe Kids Worldwide

National PTA and Safe Kids Worldwide created a downloadable Safety Toolkit to support Safety at Home and at Play.

National PTA – School of Excellence Enrollment

National PTA School of Excellence is a recognition program that supports and celebrates partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being for all students. As a National PTA School of Excellence, families feel welcomed and empowered to support student success, and PTA is a key partner for continuous school improvement. The path to excellence starts with a joint commitment of PTA and school leaders to work together to achieve PTA’s National Standards for Family-School Partnerships. Through the School of Excellence program, your PTA and school will gain new ways to engage families in school decision-making, such as improvements to programs, practices, and policies related to education, health, safety or the arts.

  • Step 1: Enroll and Gain Support (June 1 – Oct. 1)
  • Step 2: Deploy Baseline Survey (Sep. – Nov.)
  • Step 3: Set a Shared Objective (Sep. – Nov.)
  • Step 4: Complete Initial Application (Submit by Nov. 1)
  • Step 5: Follow Roadmap to Excellence (Throughout School Year)
  • Step 6: Deploy Final Survey (March – June)
  • Step 7: Complete Final Application (Submit by June 1)
  • Step 8: Celebrate Your Excellence (Aug.)
  • Find out more here.

National PTA School of Excellence Analysis

In a report on the analysis of the 2014-2016 National PTA School of Excellence honorees, we found a:

  • 46% increase in the number of families that feel their school and PTA always empower them to support student success.
  • 102% increase among families that feel their school and PTA always speak up for every child.
  • 53% increase in the number of families that feel their school and PTA always share power in decision-making and school improvement.
  • 78% increase in families that feel their school and PTA always collaborate with the community.