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.
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
In December of each year an information kit and application form is sent to all Missouri public high schools 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 15th.
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. In 2010 a fundraiser selling T-shirt was started to help the effort of funding the Missouri PTA Scholarship Program.
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. Making an endowment to the Missouri State PTA Scholarship Program in the name of an exemplary individual is an excellent way to honor them.
PURCHASE A SCHOLARSHIP T-SHIRT
Scholarship fundraising t-shirts are still available for sale by calling the State PTA Office. Profits from the sales are dedicated to the scholarship program.
TO DONATE TO THE MISSOURI PTA SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS
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