Dr. George J. McKenna III Encourages Schools to Participate In Competitive ScholarShare Scholar Dollars Grant Program

LOS ANGELES (Feb. 7, 2017) - School Board Vice President Dr. George J. McKenna III is encouraging all elementary and middle schools in L.A. Unified to register for the state’s new ScholarShare Scholar Dollars grants, which will provide up to $25,000 for extracurricular and enrichment programs.


The deadline is Feb. 22 for K-8 schools to apply for a  ScholarShare Scholar Dollars grant, which can be used for resources such as science equipment, computers, band instruments and tutoring. The program was launched last week by California Treasurer John Chiang.


“I am pleased to support the opportunity for our schools to take advantage of the ScholarDollars program,” Dr. McKenna said. “We welcome this kind of collaboration and investment in public education from our legislative partners.”


Registered schools will appear on an online ballot, along with details on how each plans to use the grant if they are selected. From March 1-24, parents, relatives, boosters and community supporters are encouraged to vote for their school. Top vote-getters in each category, based on school size, will receive an award.


The grant program is administered by ScholarShare, California’s 529 college savings program.