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California Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Honoring Founder, Laura E. Settle

About the Sponsor

The Laura E. Settle Scholarship was established to honor Laura E. Settle, founder of the California Retired Teacher’s Association. Settle retired as a teacher from the Pasadena School District in Pasadena, California. She served as president of the California Retired Teacher’s Association for 16 years, from 1929 – 1945. Annual scholarships of $2,000 are distributed to each of the 28 California State University and University of California campuses. These are awarded to students who are in their junior, senior, or graduate year preparing to become professional teachers in the State of California.





  • Good academic standing
  • Overall GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Possess a record of exemplary character and citizenship
  • must be accepted or enrolled in a credential program in the College of Education
  • Financial need may be considered but not required
  • Must be a citizen of the United States and a resident of California
  • Must be enrolled at time of award

Supplemental Materials

  • A brief autobiography and summary of how the scholarship will help them achieve their goal of certification; and a letter of recommendation from one instructor and one teacher with whom they have worked in the classroom.
  • Submit a personal statement (typed, two-pages, double- spaced) to include: a. Reasons for pursuing teaching b. Methods of financing your education and how you would use scholarship funds c. Future career objectives.
  • Submit a list of experiences related to working with children or youth beginning with the most recent. List dates, settings, student populations (age/grade level and diversity level), responsibilities, and supervision.