Senior Awards and Scholarships

Graduating in 2024?

The PTSA, SPHS Alumni Association and generous community organizations offer numerous awards and scholarships to our graduating seniors. For questions, please contact Seniors must be members of the SPHS PTSA to apply for PTA Scholarships. Contact to check if you are a current member or Click here to join online or via TOTEM, which will provide you automatically with a digital membership card.

The South Pasadena High School PTSA will award 6 Distinguished Service Scholarships in the amount of $500 each to recognize graduating seniors who are current PTA members for outstanding service and involvement with their community and school.

  • Eligibility. This Distinguished Service Scholarships focuses on volunteer service in the school and community and does not have a grade point average restriction or a transcript requirement. The applicant must be a graduating senior and a current PTSA member. There are no restrictions on how the award money can be spent.
  • Selection. A committee of SPHS PTSA members will select recipients. Distinguished Service Scholarships will be presented at the Senior Awards Night, date to be published.

Applications due: April 14, 2024 at midnight.

Application is available here

The First District PTA (FDPTA) Commemorative Scholarship Fund was established to commemorate FDPTA volunteers who were long-time, dedicated child advocates and whose tireless efforts contributed greatly to the benefit of students, parents, and schools within the geographic area of FDPTA. The district stretches across the foothill regions of the greater San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County. It includes 270-plus school PTAs and 21 local councils.

Each year, FDPTA awards commemorative scholarships, in the amount of $750 each, to acknowledge graduating high school students who have achievements, service and involvement in the following areas:


Who can apply:

The scholarships are to support students who are planning to attend a community college, trade or tech school, or a four-year college or university in the fall (2024).

Applicants must be current graduating high school seniors, members of their high school PTA/PTSA, have a GPA of at least 2.0, and should have a strong record of community service and/or school activities, held an after school, part-time, or summer job, and/or managed extra home responsibilities.

Applications due: March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm. Get started early so you have time to complete the application and collect the necessary information.


In summary, applications must include the completed application form, the student’s transcript, a completed reference form with letter of recommendation, and your SPHS PTSA Membership ID #. (To locate your Membership ID #, login to TOTEM or contact for assistance.) For full details, applicants must read and complete these three (3) FDPTA Commemorative Scholarship documents. Please read EACH and follow all of the instructions COMPLETELY.

Students must

  • use the First District PTA Commemorative Scholarship fillable forms.
  • answer all questions on the application.
  • include a personal statement that touches on as many of the essay prompts as are applicable to the student. The applicant’s personal statement/essay should be typed and attached to the application.
  • include all required documents in the order prescribed in the application.
  • Student applicants must follow the guidelines and deadlines created by their PTA/PTSA Councils or Out-of-Council (OOC) High School PTSAs (in this case, the South Pasadena PTA Council). .
  • Include your Totem membership number on your application.


Each Council PTA/PTSAs will review applications and select ONE student application from each high school PTA/PTSA (in this case, the SPHS PTSA) in good standing in their council to be forwarded to First District PTA for consideration by the FDPTA scholarship committee.

Questions: If you have any questions about deadlines or process, please contact Please do NOT contact First District.

California State PTA offers Graduating High School Senior Scholarships in the amount of $500.00 each to acknowledge the achievements of high school seniors for volunteer service in the school and community.

  • $500 Volunteer Service Scholarship
    This scholarship recognizes graduating seniors for their volunteer service in schools and communities, allowing them to register for courses at accredited colleges, universities, trade or technical schools. Applicants must be PTA members graduating from a California high school between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year.
  • $500 Dr. Ralph E. White Graduating Senior Scholarship
    Honoring the volunteer and public-service legacy of Dr. Ralph E. White and his wife, Eleanor, this additional scholarship provides $500 each to two successful applicants of the Volunteer Service Scholarship who intend to pursue a career in a medical field.

Please click here for more information.

Applications due: TBD, usually early February

Graduating seniors may apply to multiple SPHS Alumni Scholarships and Awards.

Click on each award for the application. Due March 27, 2024

Special Scholarships and Awards. Click on each award for the application. 

PEO Chapter AX Scholarship
Criteria: female seniors only. Email for an application

Congratulations to our 2023 scholarship awardees!

2023 SPHS PTSA Distinguished Service Scholarship:
Jeremy Bruce
Sarah Chung
Sophia Kim
Reagan Rogers
Isabelle Whetsel

2023 “The Class of 2021 Resilience Award”
Anja Bondarenko

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