25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference

25th Annual California
Charter Schools Conference
Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship

The nominations for awards and scholarships are now closed. Recipients will be notified privately in December 2017.

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) will award ten $2,000 scholarships to high school graduates of CCSA member schools. The scholarship is named in honor of Susan Steelman Bragato, the co-founder of the first charter school in California and the founder of the California Network of Educational Charters (which was renamed the California Charter Schools Association in 2003). Susan was one of the first people to recognize the importance of building a strong network of support among charter school leaders statewide. Susan also organized the first California Charter Schools Conference. In honor of her unprecedented contribution to the charter school movement, the Association named this scholarship for her. Susan died in 2005 after a battle with breast cancer.

Selection Criteria:

Scholarship awards will be payable to the recipient upon proof of his/her enrollment into an accredited four-year or two-year public or private university or college.


The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. PST Friday, October 6, 2017.

Notification of Winners

Award winners will be notified privately in December 2017 and will be featured on our website and in the program at the 25th Annual California Charter Schools Conference taking place March 26-28, 2018 in San Diego, California.

Please contact if you have any questions.

The 25th annual conference will be held March 26–28, 2018 in San Diego, CA at the San Diego Convention Center.