2017 Scholarships

Applicants, except graduating seniors, need to submit their application form to their local program. Your local program will likely require that the application be submitted in March or April. Please contact them for information. Local programs will screen applications and then the local program will submit applications to OHSA along with the State Confirmation Form. Parent and staff applications must be submitted through the program, they will be disqualified if sent directly to OHSA.

Graduating high school seniors, please apply for our scholarship through OSAC at https://app.oregonstudentaid.gov/.

2016 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to our 2016 scholarship recipients!

The Oregon Head Start Association is proud to announce our scholarship recipients for 2016. There were roughly 11 applicants for every scholarship we awarded. The applicants had amazing stories that made selecting the winners difficult for the committee. We commend all of our applicants for sharing their stories and pursuing higher education!

Richard C Alexander Early Head Start Parent Scholarship

Every year OHSA awards a $2,000 scholarship to a parent of a child enrolled in Early Head Start. This award is named in honor of Richard C. (Dick) Alexander, business leader and entrepreneur. Dick Alexander had a deep commitment to focusing resources where they can make the greatest difference: early childhood. He was the architect of the Ready for School campaign which leveraged the power of business and civic leaders to secure an additional $39 million in state funding for Oregon Head Start Pre-kindergarten’s most vulnerable children. In 2010, his advocacy resulted in the Oregon Legislature allocating a million dollars to the Department of Education to establish a state-funded EHS program. This placed Oregon as a front runner in developing a state and federally funded system for early childhood services, prenatal to age 5. We are happy to announce Tara Roberts from Southern Oregon Child & Family Council, Inc as the 2016 recipient of the Richard C Alexander Early Head Start Parent Scholarship.

Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarships

In addition to an illustrious teaching career, Frank Roberts served over 25 years as a member of the Oregon State Legislature, retiring in August 1993. Senator Roberts is remembered for his skilled service as a leader of the Education and Human Resources Subcommittees and was a leader in establishing state funding for the Oregon Head Start Pre-Kindergarten Program. His dedication to children and families, commitment to the disabled, advocacy for early childhood education and Head Start, and his unwavering commitment to education at every level made him a hero for thousands of Oregonians.

We remember Senator Roberts memory by annually awarding three $2,000 scholarships in his honor. The Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors is being awarded to Max Norris of Tillamook. The scholarship for Head Start parent is being awarded to Zachary Sanders of Neighborhood House Head Start. Jennifer Vancil, a staff member at Southern Oregon Child & Family Council, Inc, will be receiving the Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Staff.

Congratulations to the 2015 OHSA scholarship recipients!