The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) awarded $5,000 to the Athena-Weston School Board on the evening of Monday, February 13, for local student scholarships. The Athena-Weston board was one of six statewide that qualified for the funds under a new OSABA initiative known as the Promise Scholarship Program. Each board completed a five-step process including a board project, superintendent and board self-evaluations, participation in the “Promise of Oregon” campaign and individual board development.
Steve Kelley, OSBA’s director of board development, said participating boards had made a long-term investment in students’ success. “This program helps students both by providing scholarship funds and investing in board training,” Kelley said. “Stronger boards are better prepared to face today’s education challenges.”
The Athena-Weston School Board is responsible for awarding the scholarships to one or more students by a method of their choosing.
Scott Rogers, chair of the Athena-Weston School Board, said, “As a Board, we were very excited for an opportunity to come together with our administrative team and have an honest and open dialogue about how we can craft our strategic vision and priorities to do what’s best for kids. The OSBA Scholarship is just icing on the cake and will go towards helping some of our graduating seniors in their next steps in education.”
The Promise of Oregon campaign, which started in November 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state’s 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. For more information, visit www.promiseoregon.org.