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 and will be screened by a committee of OSPA members. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by email.

  • 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.

Applications are now closed for 2019



I am immensely grateful to receive the 2019 OSPA Scholarship. The contribution from this scholarship will help me advance towards my goal. I am currently a junior at Eastern Oregon University. I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education along with an English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) endorsement. I am hopeful that within a year I will be the first in my family to attend and graduate from college. I want to thank my linguistics professor, Dr. Lee Ann McNerney, for believing in me. She saw the potential in me and helped me become the first and only junior in my program to pass the rigorous ESOL Oregon Educator Licensure exam. Through Dr. McNerney’s courses, I developed a great passion for studying languages. Along with my multicultural background, this passion will have positive transfer into my future classroom as an ESL teacher. A very special thank you to the OSPA scholarship committee for selecting me out of numerous deserving candidates. Desde el fondo de mi corazón, gracias. 

2018 OSPA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER— corinne billings


“Thank you so much for your contribution to my education!  For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a teacher.  I had wonderful elementary school teachers when I was a student at Scholls Heights Elementary School who sparked my lifelong passion for learning.  I’ve always wanted to have the opportunity to inspire my own students the way that they inspired me.  Through studying abroad in Spain and traveling to other countries, I developed a passion for learning about language and culture.  I will be pursuing an endorsement in ESOL so that I can continue developing my cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills and better serve all of my students.  I love working with children and I look forward to not only teaching them every day but learning from them and their perspectives.  I’m so excited to be studying at Lewis & Clark College and learning how to be a social justice educator, and I can’t wait to get started student teaching in the fall.”
– From Corinne

2017 OSPA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER— natasha digges

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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