By Melissa Cancro, Programs Coordinator

Awards season is in full swing; 98 students applied for the Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education.

We had the opportunity to meet and interview many of these amazing students. The 12 scholarship winners will be announced soon.

Pick a Reading Partner (PARP)

If you have run a PARP Program consider submitting your program for the PARP Award. One winner from each region is selected and then a statewide winner is chosen and honored at the NYS PTA Convention in November in Tarrytown.

The application is available HERE and applications must be sent to your region director and postmarked by June 15. If you want to see some of the past winners, check out the PARP Toolkit on the website.

We are looking for PARP programs with unique themes, innovative ideas and a lot of heart. You don’t have to have a big budget to be a winner! But you can’t win if you don’t apply. For questions, please email

Family Engagement

Do you know of an individual or a group that promotes family engagement in your school? Nominate these individuals for the Family Engagement Award in Honor of Jami-Beth Knapp. This award honors those who have innovative ideas to provide education and encourage family involvement. The deadline is May 15. Click HERE for more information and the application.


Another exciting award opportunity is the Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skryzpek. This award is for an outstanding PTA leader who inspires others to volunteer and take on leadership roles. Winners are chosen at both region and state levels. Applications must be postmarked to your region director by June 15. Click HERE for more information and the application.

Click HERE for the full roster of NYS PTA awards. With awards to recognize volunteers, advocates, leaders, teachers and students, there’s something for every occasion!

And there’s more…

Don’t forget to check out awards that your region might offer! Many regions have developed their own awards to recognize outstanding local and region PTA volunteers. Check with your region director or your region website or social media for more information.

Grant Opportunities

National PTA’s Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant is now open!

Named for the founder of the National PTA Reflections program, this grant awards two local PTAs $1,000 in matching funds for arts education programs that increase access to high quality arts learning experiences. In line with Mary Lou Anderson’s belief in the importance of the arts for all students, this grant opportunity places special emphasis on increasing access to arts education among at-risk and underserved students. Deadline is June 30, 2019.

For more information and the application, click HERE.