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. 



This year’s scholarship has been awarded to Jenna Johnson. Jenna is currently a student at Lewis & Clark college and is student teaching at Gresham High School; she plans to graduate in July of 2017.

While attending the University of Alaska Anchorage, Jenna worked as a tutor for two different university programs: TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS)—a national, federally funded program that serves low income and first-generation high school students—and the University of Alaska Anchorage Writing Center. She also performed as the first chair violinist for three semesters with UAA's orchestra, Simphonia. During her final semester, she interned with Dr. Jennifer Stone, and supported her English in Alaska project by performing independent, long-term research regarding the shift in how Native languages were perceived in Alaska between 1998 and 2014. The internship also involved helping students in a preparatory English class navigate an assignment related to the project through online tutoring. Jenna also volunteered with the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society at various fundraiser events for the English department.

On January, 2015, Jenna was awarded the University of Alaska Anchorage Student Appreciation Citation presented at the 21st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Appreciation Luncheon for exemplifying the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. by making a positive difference as a student at UAA.

From Jenna - “Thank you so much for helping me fund my education. I hope to work with ELL students in a high diversity, low-income high school because through my experiences tutoring for ETS and the Writing Center, I have found that I feel most comfortable working with students from this background. I hope to inspire students to take responsibility for their own education because even if they do not choose to pursue secondary education, the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills they learn in their high school language arts class will benefit them for the rest of their lives. Ultimately, my goal as an educator is to give students the opportunity to join the discourse communities of their choice and the power to make changes in those communities”.