Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship Program


The Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship Program was founded in 1959 for the purpose of providing scholarships to graduating seniors of the Hazelwood School District.  Two scholarships of $400 each were awarded in 1959.  The two recipients were to become teachers in the Hazelwood School District.

Various fund raising efforts by the Hazelwood PTA Council provided more scholarships.  In 1976 the PTA Council  started a new fund raising effort in the form of the Hazelwood Picnic Day at Six Flags over Mid-America.  In 1976 25 scholarships were awarded for a total of $15,000.  In 1982 the PTA Council started the Annual Run/Walk.  This activity made more scholarships available.  In 1982 there were 42 scholarships awarded for a total of $42,294.  In 1992 the total amount of scholarship awards was over $1,000,000.  Then in 2002 the total amount awarded exceeded $2,000,000.  As of 2019, the total scholarships awarded stands at $3,500,000.

The scholarships are funded by:

  • The Annual Run/Walk.
  • Other PTA Council Fundraising Events.
  • Donations from all the PTA units in the Hazelwood School District 
  • Donations from Hazelwood School District employee groups.
  • Donations from the community and corporate sponsors.


2020 Scholarship Application and Guidelines


To provide scholarships up to one hundred (100) deserving Hazelwood School District High School graduating seniors.  

Award Components

Up to one hundred (100) $500 scholarships and individual certificates awarded to students selected by the Hazelwood PTA Council Selection Committee. The number of scholarships awarded to students of each Hazelwood High School (Central High, East High, West High, and Opportunity Center) is determined annually based on senior class enrollment as of January 1st of each year.  



  1. Applicant must be a graduating Hazelwood School District high school senior in the year of the award.
  2. Applicant must have been enrolled at a Hazelwood High School at least 2 years.
  3. Applicant must have at least 90% average attendance during the fall semester of senior year. Exceptions may be considered upon request of Counselor
  4. Applicant should rank in the upper fourth of their graduating class as of the first day of the second semester in the year of the award.
  5. Applicant must demonstrate school and community involvement.
  6. Applicant must have completed required fifty(50) community service hours by application deadline (March 29, 2020).
  7. Applicant must demonstrate appropriate school conduct throughout their senior year.
  8. Student must sign up to volunteer at or participate in the Hazelwood PTA Scholarship Run/Walk (Saturday, May 9th starting at 7 am).
  9. Please be advised the short essays will be evaluated for grammar, so they should be proofread and well thought-out responses.
  10. Scholarship Winners will be notified by EMAIL.  Please be sure to provide an ACTIVE email address and one that you check regularly.
  11. Scholarship Winners will be required to submit a signed Acknowledgment Form AND an Acceptance letter from the post-secondary school they will attend.
  12. Scholarship funds awarded should be applied to expenses incurred for the winner’s post-secondary education expenses.
  13. The Scholarship Ceremony will be on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 6:30pm at Hazelwood East High School.  Only those previously notified that they are scholarship winners should attend.

Application Process


  1. Complete online application form.
  2. Deadline for application is March 29, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. Applications received after this date will not be considered.
  3. The Scholarship Selection Committee will be formed annually by March 1st. The Committee shall consist of the at least 12 members; the Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship Committee, the High School Principals, the Guidance Department Managers, and PTA Members.
  4. The decisions of the Scholarship Selection Committee shall be final. Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarships will be awarded without reference to other scholarships, grants, or financial aid received by the awardees.
  5. The Scholarship Selection Committee determines which awardees will be designated to receive honorary or named scholarships. Examples include the Thomas J. Lawson Scholarship, the Francis C. Huss Scholarship, the Judith D. Huss Scholarship, and the Gibbons Family Scholarship.
  6. Award recipients shall indicate acceptance of the scholarship no later than August 1 of the current year. A parent and/or guardian of each recipient shall be required to guarantee the return of any Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship money received, if the recipient does not attend school during the academic year that starts in the fall of the current calendar year. Recipients may attend any recognized post-secondary academic institution, including trade or technical schools.

2020 Hazelwood PTA Council Scholarship Application