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:
To provide scholarships up to one hundred (100) deserving Hazelwood School District High School graduating seniors.
Up to one hundred (100) $500 - $1,000 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.