Awards & Scholarships

Wisconsin PTA is proud of all the work the volunteers do in our local units and councils. We have developed several awards to acknowledge all of the hard work that units and individuals do for the schools and the students in our state. Take a moment to recognize that hard work by submitting an application for one of the following awards. Most of these are handed out at the Wisconsin PTA convention each April.

PTAs must be in good standing for applications to be considered. Thank you!


Applications due to the state office by February 17, 2019 (12:00 pm)!


The following Awards are submitted by individuals, local units or councils, and are due March 1st. For more information on rules and how to apply, click here for the Awards Handbook.

Local Unit and Council Awards

  • Program of the Year
  • Newsletter of the Year

Katzer Smith Volunteer Service Award

This award recognizes the outstanding effort of a PTA/PTSA volunteer who has given above and beyond the call of duty to your community and school.

Kim Schwantes Award

This award is for a non-teaching position (such as secretary, janitor, school aide, etc) who has over the years, given above and beyond the call of duty to our children and helped children in your school bloom in a special way.

Outstanding Educator of the Year Award

This is presented to a classroom teacher, special area teacher, media specialist, reading specialist, or IEP teacher at both the elementary and secondary levels who dedicated their careers to educating our children.

Ron Dunlap Administrator of the Year Award

This is presented to a School Administrator (principal, vice principal, or assistant principal) who exemplifies excellence in educations administration.

Wisconsin PTA Honorary Life Membership

The Honorary Life Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed by the PTA in Wisconsin. The recipient may be from a local unit, council or other health, welfare or educational agency where there has been an excellent advocacy effort for children.

Any local unit our council may also purchase this award for deserving people. Here is the link to the award for purchase:



Brookmire-Hastings Scholarship

Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding seniors who are enrolled in a Wisconsin school with a PTA/PTSA in good standing. Applicants must plan to pursue a degree in the field of education at a four year college or university. Applications can be picked up in your school’s guidance office.

WI PTA Brookmire-Hastings Application

Awards Chosen by the WI PTA Board of Directors:

Joan Dykstra “Friend of Children” Award

A tribute to honor an elected or appointed public official who shares our goal of promoting education and children’s issues. The recipient is chosen by the WI PTA Board of Directors. Here is the application:

DYKSTRA Application 2019

Awards Available for Purchase:

Oak Leaf Award

This is a great way to acknowledge any person that has shown outstanding or special qualities in working with or for children in your PTA and the community. Here is the application:


Click here for National PTA’s Award Programs