Week of March 13, 2023 • SAFE Credit Union Convention Center • Sacramento, CA

Susan Steelman Bragato Scholarship

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.

The purpose of this scholarship is to celebrate the diversity of charter school communities and the achievements of graduating charter school students by supporting their continuing educational journeys.

Application Criteria


Starting with the 2022-23 school year, the Bragato Scholarship timeline has been changed. Previously, scholarship winners were announced at CCSA’s annual conference. Under our new timeline, scholarship winners will be announced in June. Below is the 2022-23 school year’s timeline for the Bragato Scholarship:


The deadline to apply for this Scholarship will be in Spring 2023.

Click here for past award winners.

Notification of Award Winners

Award winners will be notified privately in May 2023 and will be featured on our website later that year.

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