Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship

The nominations for awards and scholarships are now closed. Recipients will be notified privately in December 2018.

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 their 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, September 28, 2018.

Click here for 2018 Susan Steelman Bragato scholarship winners.

Notification of 2019 Award Winners

Award winners will be notified privately in December and will be featured on our website and in the program at the Annual California Charter Schools Conference in March.

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