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.

Completed applications are due by 5:00 p.m. May 17, 2019. Submit questions and completed applications to nathan.voelsch@bethel.k12.or.us.


2018 OSPA SCHOLARSHIP WINNER— corinne billings

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“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