OSPA Scholarship

Inspiring Future Educators in Oregon

The purpose of this scholarship is to promote quality candidates in the field of education with hopes that the recipient will enter the ranks of Oregon educators.  The scholarship is in the amount of $1,500.00 and will be paid directly to the college or university attended by the scholarship winner.

Application Details

  • Applicant must be:
    • an Oregon resident
    • ready to begin the final year of a program leading to a teaching license
    • attending an Oregon accredited college or university
  • Applications must be submitted by the annual application deadline. The applicant will be screened by a committee of OSPA members. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by mail.
  • Grade point average, activities, information regarding student need, and a personal statement explaining the student's reason for entering the field of education will be considered in determining the scholarship award.
  • If the original scholarship recipient is unable to attend school the following year, an alternate will be awarded the scholarship. 

There are two parts to the application process: (1) a written application, and (2) a one-way video interview. Applications are due no later than May 31, 2018 @ 5:00 p.m. Submit questions to nathan.voelsch@bethel.k12.or.us.


2017 OSPA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER— natasha digges

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Natasha is currently a student at Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Lewis and Clark’s commitment to social justice spoke to Natasha’s motivations to becoming an educator. Natasha hopes to create a classroom in which she empowers her students to explore themselves wholly and pursue their passions fully.  She will be student teaching in David Douglas School District and will be graduating in the summer of 2018. 

While attending Portland State University online, Natasha worked as a 4th Grade Teaching Assistant at Catlin Gabel School. Through her experience in classes, and her work with 4th graders, Natasha was inspired to volunteer.  She created an art program for youth currently in detention at Donald E. Long Juvenile Detention Center. Through her program, Natasha works with youth to explore all forms of art.  One of her favorite memories from the program is when the youth collaborated with one another to create poetry. Natasha is continuing the program while attending Lewis and Clark, and hopes to expand and create a non-profit in the near future. 

"Thank you for the recognition and funds towards my education.  Through pursuing my higher education I have often taken the road less traveled.  I began at Community College, and completed my undergrad online at various schools, while working full time.  I found a lot of value in gaining experience while completing my education. Teaching has always been in the forefront of my mind.  My way of judging my success has always been the relationships in which I develop from my endeavors.  I am motivated by the “light bulb moment" that students have when they are exploring and learning.  I will take these values into the classroom as I learn along side my students."  
– From Natasha