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The work of the Ohio Educational Foundation is to fund initiatives that enhance student learning, student achievement, and well being, as well as promote social justice. Its Board of Directors is pleased to introduce four funding opportunities available to all OEA members.
“To support causes related to advancing and supporting education professionals and public-school students in Ohio.” — Mission Statement, Ohio Educational Foundation
Whisper Grant for Students in Need offer direct assistance to an individual student or group of students with educational or personal needs when a hardship is identified. Grants are issued to a requesting education staff member(s) to purchase items or improve an individual’s or group of individual’s school learning or academic performance or to assist with basic needs such as eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, repairs to a broken wheelchair, etc. Grants may be awarded in the following increments based on determined needs and calculated costs: $100, $150, or $200, up to a maximum of $2,000 per school year.
The $4,000 ESP Aspiring Teacher Scholarship is presented each year to an Education Support Professional member currently enrolled in an undergraduate teacher education program in Ohio or a senior education student who has been formally accepted for graduate study in a master’s degree of education program at an accredited Ohio college or university.
OEA will present the Education Support Professional Award to an OEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of education support professionals to public education. Nominations may be submitted by any member and/or affiliate of the Ohio Education Association.
Doris L. Allen, OEA Human Relations Consultant, was killed December 1, 1974, in the crash of a TWA airliner while en route to Washington, D.C., to attend a Human Relations staff conference sponsored by NEA.During her brief time on the OEA staff, she developed a handbook for local association human relations committees. She also developed an audio-visual presentation on human relations awareness, conducted human relations programs around Ohio, and served as a member of the OEA’s Racism Awareness Cadre. OEA’s Minority Caucus was renamed the Doris L. Allen Minority Caucus in recognition of her contributions.
Awards & Scholarships | OEA is pleased to celebrate, honor, and reward the outstanding work of our members and local affiliates who have made special contributions to the improvement of public education.