Winners of 2011-2012 OEA & NEA Awards Announced
Congratulations to all the Award Recipients!
Megan Farver, Garaway Teachers Association – Marilyn Cross Scholarship Award
Mandy Bankert, Malvern Education Association – John F. Kennedy Scholarship Award
Mt. Vernon Education Association – Blue Ribbon Association Award
Keli Green, Perry Classroom Teachers Association – Stark County – Media for Public Service Award
Shahrazad Kablan, Mason Education Association – Peace and International Relations Paul Swaddling Award
Sarah Carver, Mentor Classified Employees Association - ESP of the Year Award
Rob Fetters, NEA Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award
The Marilyn Cross Scholarship was instituted in December of 2002 to honor the memory of Marilyn Cross, past president and revered leader of the OEA. The $2,000 scholarship is presented each year to a career teacher for graduate work in a program directly linked to his/her current area of licensure, must be in need of financial assistance, and must demonstrate a reasonable prediction of success in graduate work.
The John F. Kennedy Scholarship was instituted in November of 1963 at the annual Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly, during which President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Assembly delegates took action during the convention to establish the scholarship as an annual memorial to President Kennedy. The $4,000 JFK Scholarship is presented to an OEA member who is a career teacher enrolled in a graduate level program and in need of financial assistance.
The OEA Blue Ribbon Association Award is presented to local associations who have displayed innovative problem-solving techniques and/or unique public relations and communication skills. These locals have shown themselves to be true advocates of public education and its employees.
The OEA Media Award for Public Service recognizes an individual and/or organization for a major contribution to the better understanding of the problems, progress, and needs of public education, or for programming of an outstanding educational nature.
The Peace and International Understanding Paul Swaddling Award is presented to an individual OEA member to recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion or execution of the cause of peace and international understanding.
The OEA Education Support Professional Award is presented each year to an OEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of education support professionals to public education.
The NEA Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award is offered to a district or local affiliate to recognize outstanding contributions to the promotion or execution of the cause of peace and international understanding.