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Caesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta Education Awards Program

Offered by California Teachers Association (CTA)

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Nov 9, 2023
Multiple awards worth up to


Grade level

High School & College Students

Application deadline:

March 1, 2024

Scholarship Overview

The Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta Education Award Program annually awards up to $550 to educators and their students who demonstrate an understanding of the vision and guiding principles embraced by Cesar E. Chavez and Dolores Huerta. Students of any grade level (Pre-K to undergraduates), excluding graduate students, are eligible to apply. To apply, interested students must be nominated by a CTA member and may submit to either the “Written Essay” or “Visual Art” category. Entries must demonstrate how any of the following principles are evident in their lives: nonviolence, self-determination through unionization, social justice for farmworkers, safe food/health/environmental issues, human and civil rights issues, teamwork, cooperation, collaboration and/or service to others, empowerment of the disenfranchised, and innovation and education.

If you’re a student passionate about the values embraced by César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

About California Teachers Association (CTA)

The California Teachers Association exists to protect and promote the well-being of its members, to improve the conditions of teaching and learning, to advance the cause of free, universal, and quality public education for all students, to ensure that the human dignity and civil rights of all children, youth and adults are protected, and to secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society.

Eligibility information

This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

Grade Level

High School & College Students

Academic Interest

Visual & Performing Arts

Application information

Interested students may either submit a written essay or a piece of original, visual art in order to apply.


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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship restricted by institution type?

This scholarship is restricted for use at two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and trade/technical schools.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact California Teachers Association (CTA) at [email protected].

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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