From the President...

Since 1988, the Harford County Council of PTAs has sponsored this award in honor of Mrs. Bull and her tireless and selfless efforts on behalf of children's welfare.  She served during the 1950s as National PTA Legislative Chair, Maryland PTA President, Maryland State PTA Legislative Chair, President of HCCPTA, and President of the Jarrettsville Elementary PTA.  She was also President of the Maryland Council on Education following World War II.  She died on November 13, 1990, at the age of 86. The Harford County Council PTA continues this Award Program in her Memory.

All Harford County High School Seniors with a GPA of at least 2.0 and a valid PTA/PTSA membership from any one of the 50 Harford County PTA Schools are eligible to apply for the Betty Bull Award. 

Betty Bull Award deadline is April 1, 2017

The Harford County Council of PTA. Inc. is planning to award up to six (6) $500.00 scholarships for the 2015/2016 school year. (The number awarded is dependent on available funding from HCCPTA membership dues.)  To date, HCCPTA has granted over $45,600 to more than 98 individuals. The purpose of this award program is to provide financial assistance to students of the Parent Teacher Student Association who are pursuing their goal toward advanced education.  All Harford County public high school graduating seniors are eligible.  There is a stipulation that the student or a parent or guardian is a current member of a PTA or PTSA in Harford County.

Applications can be secured from the High School Counselor’s office, and are available on the Harford County Public School System’s website,, and our website:


  • Must be a senior in a Harford County public high school.
  • Must have applied and been accepted at a post secondary institution, e.g. college technical school, etc.
  • Must have achieved a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • A copy of the student’s PTA/PTSA membership card, the parent’s or legal guardian’s PTA/PTSA membership card, or the signature of the President of a sponsoring PTA/PTSA only must be provided with this application.
  • Money awarded by the scholarship must be used for tuition, transportation, books and other associated materials, room and board to a college or technical school.

Selection Criteria:  (Rating for Award applicants is based on a scale of 100%.)

  • Goals (40%)
  • Volunteer work/Extra curricular activities (30%)
  • Grades (GPA counts as 10% of the final process)
  • Written application (10%)
  • Letters of Reference (5%)
  • Financial need (5%)


  1. Complete the two-page application
  2. Verify that all material is included or being submitted
  3. Mail to:       Betty Bull Award Selection Committee

                                 Harford County Council of PTA, Inc.
                                 P. O. Box 435
                                 Bel Air, MD 21014

Deadline:  Application must be received by April 1, 2017


  • Completed 2017 Award Application and Parts I, II & III by the deadline date (April 1, 2017).
  • Sealed Transcript of high school credits earned, including senior year 1st semester and GPA.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, sponsor, etc. (Family members may NOT be included as references)
  • Copy of current PTSA or PTA membership card or signature of only a PTSA/PTA President verifying PTA membership of student, parent, or legal guardian.

Download the Betty Bull Award Application

by Harford County Council PTA Awards Committee Chair, Renee DeBiase

The HCCPTA Betty Bull Award

Since 1897, the National PTA has focused its efforts on child advocacy, initiating changes to public legislation. Each year, National PTA releases a public policy agenda, which highlights key areas where PTA can advocate for the welfare of all children. Some areas in the 2016 agenda include (but are not limited to): Family Engagement, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Child Health and Safety.

The Harford County Council of PTAs (HCCPTA) Jennifer Handlin Advocacy Award honors local units who promote the National PTA values through action. Jennifer Handlin was passionate about advocating for children and was very active in the PTA on the local, state, and national levels. From 2001-2008 Jennifer Handlin served on the HCCPTA in various leadership positions: Vice President of Committees, Vice President of Membership, 2nd Vice President, Vice President of Legislation, and Hospitality Chair. We fondly remember Jennifer as someone who worked to ensure that all children had a voice in Harford County.

Jennifer Handlin Advocacy Award deadline is February 1, 2017

To be considered for the Jennifer Handlin Advocacy Award, a unit must complete sections A through D of the 2017 application, and return them to the HCCPTA no later than February 1, 2017. A checklist is also provided at the end of the application for your convenience.

Award recipients will be honored at the HCCPTA 2017 Founder’s Day Celebration. Please send completed applications to: Harford County Council of PTAs, Inc.

P. O. Box 435

Bel Air MD 21014

ATTN: Awards Committee 

Deadline:  Application must be received by February 1, 2017

If you have any questions about this application, please direct them to Renee DeBiase, HCCPTA Awards Committee Chair:

Download the Jennifer Handlin Advocacy Application

by Harford County Council PTA Scholarship Committee Chair, Bruce Butz

           Fall 2016

The Jennifer Handlin Advocacy Award

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The Harford County Council of PTAs, Inc. was established in 1939 as a federation of PTAs in Harford County.   read more

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"I thank you for your dedication to the children of Harford County and for working to improve the educational experience for all HCPS. I am extremely fortunate to work alongside you and hope you will contact me should you ever have questions, suggestions or concerns."

Renee DiBiase 

President, HCCPTA 


National PTA has defined advocacy as the act of mobilizing individuals and local PTAs to work with Maryland PTA and National PTA to improve programs and policies that benefit our youth.  read more