PSEA Awards & Grants

Celebrating Excellence Awards  - The Adler Award goes to an individual who has made outstanding statewide contributions to the field of public education. The Human and Civil Rights Awards are offered annually to individuals and organizations or associations who have made outstanding contributions to human and civil rights in several criteria.

Fabric of Unionism Art Competition - The annual Jenifer J. DuBois Fabric of Unionism art competition honors PSEA members and their students for depictions of the development of the labor movement, its historical importance and its necessity in the future. The two categories are the member competition and the class project competition.

Innovative Teaching Grants - PSEA offers a maximum of four individual innovative teaching grants annually. These grants recognize members for their contributions to innovative instruction and the art of teaching. Projects eligible are those developed by classroom teachers, instructional teams, pupil personnel services or teacher association groups for elementary, secondary and higher education. Student PSEA members are also eligible. Grants are awarded to recipients at the PSEA May House of Delegates. For additional information, contact Bonnie Myers (

Leadership in Promoting Intergroup Relations Awards - These awards are given to persons who now, or in the immediate past, have fostered intergroup relations by involvement in the association, the school district and/or the community. These persons are committed to meeting human needs and possess the personal qualities of compassion and integrity. All association members in good standing are eligible. Awards will be presented at the PSEA May House of Delegates. 

Local Involvement Grants - These grants are designed to help local associations (or groups of local associations) conduct activities that involve local members in their communities as part of a planned and systematic local association community outreach program. Through the project, PSEA will match local funding at a ratio of $3 for each $1 committed by the local(s) involved. Associations work with their UniServ representative(s) and Communications Organizing Program Specialists (COPS) to plan their local involvement projects and apply for matching funds from PSEA.

Lucy Valero Scholarships - This fund provides scholarships to one or more outstanding students each year who are enrolled in an accredited teacher preparation program in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The fund also provides a scholarship to a high school student member of Future Educators Association. Applicants must be members in good standing of Student-PSEA or Future Educators Association. For the Student PSEA brochure and application form. For the Future Teachers of America brochure and application form. For additional information, contact

PSEA Welfare Grants - The PSEA Education Foundation provides financial assistance to PSEA members who are experiencing dire hardship through illness, disability, and/or financial need. Applications are submitted to the PSEA Retirement & Welfare Committee, which does the initial review of the applications and makes recommendations to the PSEA Education Foundation. Grant applications will be considered on a reasonable needs basis. Applicants must be PSEA members. To access this information, you will need your member login and password.
Guidelines for PSEA Welfare Assistance
Application for Welfare Grant
Checklist for processing Welfare Grant Applications




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