Scholarship for High School Seniors

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Teachers, nurses, librarians, and parents - do you know a high school senior in LBUSD that is interested in becoming an educator? He or she may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Orange County Community Foundation. Please encourage your students to apply now for the Larry Acterman Public Education Award!

Larry Acterman was a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District for 33 years. He primarily taught social studies and spent the majority of his career at middle schools. Mr. Acterman was a dedicated teacher and mentor, and strong believer in the public school system. He was active at the local, regional and national levels, always fighting for improvements at individual schools, within the district, and throughout the state.


Applicants for this scholarship award must:

1 .Be a high school senior (and US citizen) graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District.

2 Plan to enroll in a full-time course of study which leads to a degree and a teaching credential at an accredited four-year public college or university in the state of California.

3. Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California.

4. Demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability, and a determination to graduate from college and become a public school teacher.

For this scholarship you must arrange for at least three letters of recommendation.

  • At least one letter must be from a member of your school staff (e.g. teacher, academic counselor, principal, etc.). 
  • At least one letter must be from an unrelated adult who has been involved with you in some significant activity outside of school.

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