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As public school employees, we believe in the importance of education. Every year as an organization, OSEA awards scholarships to members and students to assist them in reaching their academic goals. To have the opportunity to go back to school is a dream of many. And OSEA is happy to be able to make that dream a reality. OSEA provides members and children of members access to AFT and AFL-CIO scholarships as well. Make your dreams come true, apply for a scholarship today! The following scholarships are currently offered:
Lou Gerber Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 30, 2014
Kathy Melzer Mini-Grants
Deadline: Nov. 5, 2013
Guy Davis Scholarship
Deadline: March 1, 2014
John Brown Undergraduate Scholarship
Deadline: Jan. 15, 2014
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The Lou Gerber Scholarship provides additional funding to those members who wish to further their education at an accredited school. OSEA sponsors two $1,000 scholarships for each of the seven zones in Oregon.

OSEA’s Kathy Melzer Mini-Grant program awards $400 to three OSEA members in each of the seven zones to be used for professional development, such as in-service training, workshops or seminars.

The Guy Davis Scholarship for graduating seniors awards $1,250 to each recipient. To be eligible, applicants must have a relative who is an OSEA member and have a minimum high school cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The John Brown Undergraduate Student Scholarship is a scholarship started by OSEA to provide assistance to college juniors and seniors who are related to an OSEA member in good standing.


Mary McGuire

“With the inspiration of coaches, I set a goal to run for a Division I college. My goal was met when I signed with Boise State University to run cross country and track for them starting in August. I plan to major in biology as a precursor to a career in medicine.”

— Mary McGuire
2013 Guy Davis Scholarship winner

Tammy Burnett

“ I appreciate being selected as a recipient for the Lou Gerber Scholarship as it allows me to attend a course on mediation and crisis management. I am excited to learn these skills, and as a job steward, I believe these skills would be an asset to our district.”

Tammy Burnett
2013 Lou Gerber Scholarship winner