Jenkins Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education


Date Due: December 15th

​Purpose: The Jenkins Memorial Scholarship was inaugurated in October, 1946, as a special Golden Anniversary Project. In 1947 the fund was established as a permanent project as a living memorial to the young people who lost their lives in military service during WWII and was named for one of them, Clifford N. Jenkins, Jr., son of Margaret Jenkins, New York State PTA President 1944-1947 and National PTA President 1961-1964. The purpose of the project is to assist outstanding students in preparing for the teaching profession. 

Eligibility: Public High School Seniors who:

1. Plan to prepare for a teaching career.

​2. Plan to attend a college of the State University of New York for baccalaureate degree in education -OR- plan to attend a two year community college before transferring to a baccalaureate degree program in education in a college of the State University of New York.

3. Have not accepted scholarships exceeding the monetary value of $16,000.

4. Attend a public high school in New York State in a school district where there is a PTA/PTSA unit in good standing.

Criteria:​ Character and personality, academic achievement and potential teaching ability. 

​Application: Applications will be made available on the New York State PTA website (www.nyspta.org) after September 15. Notification of availability will be sent to guidance counselors in high schools with a PTA/PTSA in good standing.

EACH HIGH SCHOOL MAY SUBMIT TWO (2) CANDIDATES

Award:

- $3,000 paid in installments as follows:

​- $700 paid at the end of the first two academic years (usually at the end of the spring semester) after official transcript is received confirming award compliance.

- $800 paid at the conclusion of the third academic year upon receipt of official transcript confirming award compliance.

- $800 paid upon receipt of official transcript stating course completion, degree completion and recommendation for teach certification.

Selection of a Winner: Applications are reviewed by a committee of educators and members of the New York State PTA Governance Team. Candidates whose applications pass the initial screening are invited to appear for personal interviews in March at a location chosen from the list of available interview sites. 

Candidates must attend the entire interview process to continue eligibility. 

Winners: ​​Winners, known as Jenkins Scholars, are notified on or about May 1 and receive an award agreement which must be signed and returned to the New York State PTA office. 

Spotlight on Youth Award


Due Date: ​May 6th

Purpose:​ Western Region PTA offers an award to recognize the achievements of an eighth (8th) grade student from a PTA school within Western Region. The award is not presented for excellence in academics but rather to the all-around student who participates in school activities, is helpful in school and community, gets along well with everyone, and performs to the best of his/ her ability.

Eligibility:​ 

- The candidate must be an eighth (8th) grade student in a PTA school. 

​- Qualifications we are seeking include: Friendliness, Integrity, Enthusiasm and Commitment to task (“The All-around Good Kid”).

​- Each unit may submit only one application for a boy or girl.

Applications​: Applications will be mailed to unit Presidents in April.  Click here to download the application!

Award: The recipient will receive a $100 check and a plaque to be presented at the Western Region PTA Spring Conference. 

Submit to  your Region Director.

Youth Humanitarian Award - In Memory of Stanley Marcus


Due Date: January 31st

Purpose​: The Stanley Marcus Award is presented to high school junior or senior students who best exemplify the humanitarian principles of Stanley Marcus who died in 1977 while serving as third vice president of the New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers. He will always be remembered for his humanitarianism and dedication to youth through zealous volunteer community service. Since PTA is a volunteer organization, we believe that it is only fitting that we should honor such service by our young people through the sponsorship of this award.

Eligibility​: The nominee must:

​- Be a junior or senior at a high school with a PTA/PTSA in good standing
- Demonstrate outstanding volunteer community service
- Display humanitarian principles by word and deed
- Be selected for the quality of the humanitarian activities rather than for the quantity of extracurricular activities

NOTE: Academic achievement SHOULD NOT be a factor in the selection process.
Each unit may submit one 11th or 12th grade student for this recognition. The PTA must be a unit in good standing. 

Click here for an application.

Award: The State Winner will receive an engraved plaque and a monetary award of $250. The chosen recipient from Western Region will receive a recognition plaque from New York State PTA if not selected as the State winner.

Submit applications to your Region Director.

Awards for Your Students!

Founder's Day Recruitment Award


February is the anniversary of the National PTA, and to celebrate its founding, we offer the Founder's Day Recruitment Award. In 1897, Alice McLellen Birney recruited other parents who were concerned about the education and welfare of children and started the first PTA unit. In this spirit, if your unit can recruit 15 or more new members – people who are new to the organization and who have never been members before, you are eligible for the Founder's Day Recruitment Award. You must submit payment for these members in the month of February and then apply for the award on-line. Units that earn this award will receive a certificate.

​Application: Awards can be applied for online at nyspta.org from May 15th-June 15th.  In order to be eligible for membership awards:

​- The NYS PTA office must receive a membership dues payment by October 31.

​- All membership cards must be returned or paid for by May 31 in order to be eligible for membership awards.
​- The PTA unit must be in good standing. 

Men Matter Award


Male engagement has been a PTA initiative for quite a few years! Studies show that children who have a positive male influence in their lives do better both in and out of the classroom. In support of this goal, we offer the Men Matter Award. Fathers, step- fathers, grandfathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, teachers – all men are welcome! 

​​This award is given to units that foster a positive atmosphere for and actively recruit men into their units. If at least 30% of your members are male, and you can tell us about both your efforts to recruit more men and how you are promoting the positive influence they can have, you are eligible for this award. Units that earn this award will receive a certificate and a press release from NYS PTA to send to their local news outlets informing them of this achievement. 

School Pride Award


​​There's no pride like School Pride, and no one should have more of it than the people who work in your school every day! This award is given to the unit that has 75% of all school employees, from the principal to the teachers to the maintenance crew, as members that support their PTA. (A school employee is defined as someone who gets their paycheck from that school’s budget.)Units that earn this award will receive a certificate and a press release from NYS PTA to send to their local news outlets informing them of this achievement. 

Building a Better Community Award


​We believe that it takes a village to educate a child, and in that spirit we need to look outside of our parents, teachers, and students for inspiration, education, and hope. The Building a Better Community award is given to units that have shown they embrace this philosophy by making it their goal to reach out to their communities and bring in members that are neither parents, teachers, nor students, but still feel that they are stakeholders in the education and well-being of all children. 

​​To receive this award, units must show that at least 10% of their total members are not Parents, Teachers, or Students in their school. Politicians, local business owners, clergy, or any private citizen who feels that adding their voice to support the PTA’s efforts in their community would be welcome. We are also asking for each unit that applies to submit a recap of any special events or programs the unit held to help increase this number. Units that earn this award will receive a certificate and a press release from NYS PTA to send to their local news outlets informing them of this achievement. 

​Awards to be Applied For

Good Apple Awards


​The Good Apple awards are given to units who are in good standing and have shown outstanding levels of membership growth over the course of the current membership year. Awards are given as follows:
Bronze Apple Award: Units that show at least a 10% increase over last year.

​Silver Apple Award: Units that show at least a 50% increase over last year.

Golden Apple Award: Units that show at least a 100% increase over last year.

​Please note that only memberships paid before the May 31 deadline are eligible for consideration.  Units that earn the Bronze award will receive two pins (one for the unit President and one for the membership chair) in the color of the award they win, along with a certificate and mention at NYS PTA Convention.  Units that earn the Silver Award will be entered into a drawing for a free registration (non-hotel) to the following year's convention, in addition to the Bronze level prizes.  Units that earn the Gold award will be entered into a drawing for two free registrations (non-hotel) to the following year's convention in addition to the Bronze level prizes. 

Early Bird Award


​​The Early Bird Award is given to units that make their first membership payment on or before October 20th. This payment must be for at least half of the total members from the previous year. Only payments received in the office on or before October 20th are eligible. Units that earn this award will receive a certificate. At the NYS PTA Convention, one unit per region will be drawn from all recipients for a goodie bag from NYS PTA. 

Automatic Awards

Membership Awards

National PTA Life Achievement Award


Due Date: Anytime

Purpose​: Recognize and thank that special person you know who goes above and beyond for all children—the one who acts as a tireless advocate for children’s education, health, and well-being.

Eligibility​: The award is given only to individuals - who need not be a member of PTA. They need not be well-known beyond their own area of service. 

Application: Applications are available at https://www.pta.org/files/laaformfinal.pdf or by calling (800) 307-4782. The $125 fee for presenting the Life Achievement Award supports the National PTA Endowment Fund and helps ensure the longevity of the association. Your honoree need not be a PTA member to receive the award.

Award: ​​The recipient of the National PTA Life Achievement Award will receive a certificate of recognition, a congratulatory letter from the national PTA® president, and an elegant 10- karat gold lapel pin or tie tack. The award items will be sent according to the directions accompanying your request and a sample press release will be provided for use in your local media.

Submit to: National PTA 1250 North Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 

Honorary Life Membership


Due Date: Anytime

Purpose​: The purpose of this award is to recognize individuals for their contributions to the welfare of children and youth. The financial contribution supports the Twin Projects.

Eligibility: ​The award is given only to individuals - who need not be a member of PTA. They need not be well-known beyond their own area of service.

Application: A request for a State Honorary Life Membership should be mailed to the New York State PTA Office on the official form and should be accompanied with a payment of $55.00 to either of the Twin Projects funds or two payments of $27.50 to each fund.  Click here for the application.

Award: The recipient receives a Life Membership pin, congratulatory card, and an Honorary Life Member card.

Please Note: ​The completed application form and accompanying payment (with two signatures) must be received in the New York State PTA office at least four weeks prior to the presentation of the award.  This is an honorary award.  In order to be a member of the New York State/National PTA the recipient must purchase a membership in a unit or Empire State PTA.

​Submit to: New York State PTA Attention: Distinguished Service Award One Wembley Court Albany, New York 12205-3830 

Golden Oak Award for Special Recognition


Due Date: Anytime

Purpose:​  Are you looking for a special way to honor your most dedicated volunteers? New York State PTA offers this beautifully crafted award to make a distinguished presentation to an honoree.  Proceeds from the Golden Oak Awards will be dedicated to leadership development throughout the state. Make a positive contribution to the future of PTA, while at the same time honoring the dedication and excellence of members past and present!

Eligibility: ​There are no eligibility requirements.

Application: ​The completed application form should be accompanied by a check for $150.00 made payable to New York State PTA. Allow six weeks for delivery.   Click here for the application.

Award: A wooden plaque with personalized engraving with the name of the award recipient and bears the signature of our state president

Submit to: New York State PTA Attention: Golden Oak Award One Wembley Court Albany, New York 12205-3830 .

Distinguished Service Award


Due Date: Anytime

Purpose: ​The purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding contributions to the welfare of children and youth, or to a PTA association.

Eligibility: Recipients must be PTA members who have been awarded a New York State Honorary Life Membership. The Distinguished Service Award may be given only by the New York State PTA or by its regions, councils or units.

Application: The completed application form should be accompanied by a check for $75.00 made payable to New York State PTA and a letter explaining why the applicant is being honored. Allow four weeks for delivery.  Click here​ for the application.

Award: Recipient of the award receives a certificate and a Distinguished Service Pin.

Submit To: New York State PTA Attention: Distinguished Service Award One Wembley Court Albany, New York 12205  

Diamond Award for Special Recognition


​Due Date: Anytime

Purpose: ​Are you looking for a special way to honor your most dedicated volunteers? New York State PTA offers this beautifully crafted award to make a distinguished presentation to an honoree.  Proceeds from the Diamond Awards will be dedicated to leadership development throughout the state. Make a positive contribution to the future of PTA, while at the same time honoring the dedication and excellence of members.

Eligibility: ​There are no eligibility requirements.

Application: The completed application form should be accompanied by a check for $250.00 made payable to New York State PTA. Allow six weeks for delivery. Click here for the application.

Award: A tabletop sculptured award in the shape of a diamond. It has personalized engraving with the name of the award recipient and bears the signature of our state president.

Submit to:​ New York State PTA Attention: Diamond Award One Wembley Court Albany, New York 12205 


Application: Completed Advocate in Action applications from the Brochure must be submitted to the unit president or Region Director. The president or Region Director will fill out the submission form, indicating the method by which award certificates should be returned, sign it and send it to the NYS PTA state office. Applications from individual members cannot be accepted. The application may be duplicated as necessary for additional applicants.

Awards: Personalized certificates are prepared for each applicant. These certificates, suitable for framing, contain the signature of the NYS PTA president as well as providing a place for the unit president’s signature. The certificates can be emailed to the PTA president’s specified email address at no charge, or hard copies of the certificates can be mailed to one address for the nominal charge of $1 per certificate.  Applications may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Please allow 4-6 weeks for receipt of certificates. 

Submit To: ​ Unit President or Region Director. Unit President or Region Director mails applications with submission form to: NYS PTA, One Wembley Court, Albany, NY 12205-3830 

Advocate in Action


Due Date: As soon as requirements are complete

Purpose: The Advocate in Action Award was created in 2007 to acknowledge the involvement of PTA members in their child’s education as well as in their PTA. Members can self- nominate, or can be presented with the award by their PTA. ​​

​Eligibility: Each applicant must be a PTA member who has participated in at least 8 of the 20 activities listed on the application. Activities range from attending PTA meetings regularly, to service as an officer or chair, to writing articles or letters to legislators, to speaking at a meeting of the Board of Education, to attending a parent-teacher conference. The unit president is not required to validate any of the statements of the applicant, other than to confirm that the applicant is a member of the PTA unit. 

Awards Available Throughout the Year

All units must be in good standing to be eligible to win.


A unit in good standing:

- Filed their Annual Officer Information Update (Form A) with NYS PTA.

- Bylaws are current.

​- Membership payments are on time.

- Adheres to the Purposes and Basic Policies of the PTA.

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AWARDS

Community Service Award


Due Date: September 30th

Purpose:​ The Community Service Award is given to a person or organization that is doing outstanding work in the Western New York community that benefits children and families and aligns with the mission of PTA.

Eligibility:​ Each applicant must be currently involved in making a difference in our community through their work either directly or indirectly benefiting children and families.

Application: There is no formal application. A letter of recommendation should be prepared and sent to the awards chair. Letter should give information about the person/organization, contact information for the nominee, and detailed information about the impact the nominee has in the community.

Awards: A plaque is presented to the winner at the PTA Partnership dinner.

Submit to  your Region Director.

Gloria M. Aschenbrenner Award


Due Date: January 31st

Purpose: ​​This award is given for outstanding service to Western Region PTA.  The “Gloria” Award was initiated in 1997 in honor of Gloria Aschenbrenner. Gloria was a true friend and invaluable asset to the Western Region Board for many years.  Gloria had a way of making everyone comfortable with her. She was someone you could confide in and seek advice from easily. She had served in many PTA positions, including unit president, Buffalo PTA Council president, and Western District Director. Her involvement on the District Board continued for more than 15 years after she served as District Director. She was corresponding secretary for the District at the time of her sudden, unexpected death in January of 1996.  PTA Founders Day was always special to Gloria, so when it was decided to create an award in Gloria’s honor, it was determined that the award could only be presented at the Western Region PTA Founders Day Celebration.

Eligibility: To be considered for this award, someone must exhibit an outstanding level of service to Western Region. After careful consideration of the ways Gloria most strongly influenced the District boards that she worked with through the years, three specific criteria for the award were established. To be considered for this remarkably special honor, a Western Region PTA board member would have to meet each of these three requirements: 

​1. In order to insure a special level of commitment to PTA, the recipient of this award must have already been honored with a NYS PTA Distinguished Service Award.

​2. Because Gloria was someone who not only fulfilled the expected duties of the PTA position she was holding, but also volunteered to serve on special event committees, helped out at various district PTA events, and often said, “I can do that” when someone needed something done as soon as possible, the recipient of the “Gloria” Award should be someone who is willing to help out when a need arises.

​3. Since the quality for which Gloria will probably be best remembered was her willingness to give helpful, uncritical advice and guidance to the newer members of the District board, the recipient of this honor must be someone whom the Region board recognizes as a mentor to others on the board. 

Application: ​There is no application for this award. Nominations should be made in writing to the awards chair before January 31. This award is not meant to be an annual award, but is presented when someone who meets the criteria is recognized for the unique characteristics for which Gloria will long be remembered. To date, seven people have been presented with this very special honor: Sharon Costantini, Jennie Wylegala, Kathie Jarvis,Mary Regan, Patricia Hysert, Sue Andrijczuk, Diane DeJoseph.

Award:​ A plaque is given to the winner at the Founders Day Celebration.

​Submit to your Region Director.

Other Awards Alphabetically

Leadership Award in Honor of Jane Skrzypek


Due Date: June 15th

Purpose: ​​This NYS PTA award was established in 1991 to honor the memory of Jane Skrzypek. The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding leader in your PTA who, by his or her actions, inspires others to volunteer and assume leadership positions. The award is given in recognition of outstanding PTA volunteerism and leadership.

Eligibility:​ To be eligible for nomination the nominee must:
- Be a member of a PTA/PTSA in good standing.
- Volunteer through the PTA. 

​Members of the New York State PTA Governance Team are not eligible for this award.

Applications: ​Applications will be made available on the New York State PTA website (www.nyspta.org).

Award: The State winner will be honored at the New York State PTA Convention in November and will receive an engraved mantle clock. The chosen recipients from Western Region will also be recognized with a clock from NYS PTA at an the Presidents & Principals Dinner in October.

Submit applications to your Region Director.

Making  every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

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In order to be eligible for membership awards:


​- The NYS PTA office must receive a membership dues payment by October 31.

- All membership cards must be returned or paid for by May 31 in order to be eligible for membership awards.

- The PTA unit must be in good standing.

Jane Skrzypek Educator of the Year


Due Date: October 6th

Purpose: ​The purpose of this award is to recognize the achievements of one outstanding educator each year. This can be an administrator, a teacher or a counselor.

Eligibility: ​The nominee must be from a PTA affiliated school in Western Region and also a PTA member. Each unit may nominate one individual for this award. Those nominated in past years may be nominated again as long as he or she was not a former recipient.

Application: ​Applications will be mailed to the unit President, or click here for the 2017 application form.

Award: The winner will be honored at the PTA Partnership dinner in October and will receive a desktop plaque.

Submit to your Region Director.


The Ruth F. Huber PTA Leadership Award


Due Date: May 6th

Purpose: The purpose of this award is to develop leadership by recognizing potential leaders at the grassroots unit or council level.  This award is meant to encourage members to take the next step in PTA and become presidents or other PTA leaders.  It is not meant to honor a dedicated worker for years of service.

Eligibility: To be eligible for nomination the nominee must:

- Be a dues paying member in good standing of a Western Region PTA unit.

- Demonstrate leadership potential and show enthusiastic commitment to PTA.

- Give his/her time, talent, thinking, experience, energy, and heart.

Western Region board members (past and present), unit and council presidents (past and present) are not eligible sicnce they are already in leadership positions.

Each unit may only submit one candidate.

Applications: Please click here to download the application.

Award: ​The recipient of the award will receive a framed certificate in honor of his/her continued excellence in leadership to promote the welfare of all children and youth.  The recipient's unit will receive a monetary award to be used toward leadership training by helping to send the recipient or another member to a Region, State, or National PTA conference.