Larry Acterman Public Education Award

Larry Acterman was a teacher in the Long Beach Unified School District for 33 years. He primarily taught social studies and spent the majority of his career at middle schools. Mr. Acterman was a dedicated teacher and mentor, and a strong believer in the public school system. He was active at the local, regional and national levels, always fighting for improvements at individual schools, within the district, and throughout the state.


Applicants for this scholarship award must:

1 .Be a high school senior (and US citizen) graduating from the Long Beach Unified School District.
2 Plan to enroll in a full-time course of study which leads to a degree and a California teaching credential at an accredited four-year public college or university in the state of California.
3. Demonstrate a strong commitment and interest in pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California.
4. Demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability, and a determination to graduate from college and become a California public school teacher.

For this scholarship you must arrange for three letters of recommendation:

• At least one letter must be from a member of your school staff (e.g. teacher, academic counselor, principal, etc.).
• At least one letter must be from an unrelated adult who has been involved with you in some significant activity outside of school (e.g. work supervisor, volunteer coordinator, community mentor, etc.),
• The third letter may be from either of the two categories above.

Larry Acterman Public Education Award
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you committed to pursuing a career in public education as a K-12 public school teacher in California?
  2. Please list all California State University and/or University of California campuses you have applied to (**Please note: for this award you MUST apply to a California State University or University of California campus.)
  3. Write an original essay (500-1,000 words) about any one of the following subjects: 1) Your interest in becoming a public school teacher, 2) The importance of a strong public education system to society and democracy, 3) How you would improve public schools and/or public education in California?
  4. Are you a Senior in the Long Beach Unified School District, the Garden Grove Unified School District, or a College Freshman currently enrolled in and attending a CSU or UC campus who previously graduated from LBUSD or GGUSD?
  5. Please submit one additional letter of recommendation.