Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

The Larry Acterman Public Education Award
Applications Accepted Through April 10

Scholarship Supports High Schools Students Focused on Public School Education

Long Beach, Calif. (Feb. 10, 2017) –  High school seniors graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) who have a strong interest in pursuing a career in public education are encouraged to apply for The Larry Acterman Public Education Award (LAPEA).  The application deadline is April 10, 2017.

The Larry Acterman Public Education Award (LAPEA) is a permanently-endowed fund at the Orange County Community Foundation.  It was created by Steve Acterman and Amy (Acterman) Tenderich in 2001 to insure that their father's lifelong commitment to public education continues with the next generation of teachers.

The fund honors his 33-year commitment to public education in Long Beach, as well as his influential leadership role on behalf of public schools at the local, regional and national levels by providing a scholarship that assists outstanding students pursue careers as public school teachers in California.  An award of $1,000 up to $2,500 is available to help one student pursue his/her goal of becoming a public school teacher in California.

To apply, students must complete an online application form, write a brief essay on the topic of public education and provide a copy of their official high school transcript.  Students must apply via the OCCF website at

For more information on the scholarship, please contact Michelle Abril, OCCF education and scholarship officer at (949) 553-4202 ext. 246 or

About the Orange County Community Foundation
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. Since its inception, OCCF has awarded $425 million in grants and scholarships and ranks among the top 10 percent in asset size among more than 750 U.S. community foundations. For more information, visit or call (949) 553-4202. Be a part of our conversation on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.  View OCCF’s 2016 annual report here.

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Emily Carpenter-Pulskamp, APR
Orange County Community Foundation
(949) 553-4202 ext. 247