The John F. Kennedy Scholarship was instituted in November of 1963 during the annual Ohio Education Association Representative Assembly in Columbus. It was during that Assembly that 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.
Criteria for the $4,000 scholarship are as follows: the recipient must be a unified Ohio Education Association member, must be a career teacher in the teaching profession, must be enrolled in a graduate-level program, must be in need of financial assistance, and must demonstrate a reasonable prediction of success in graduate work. Preference will be given to applicants enrolled in programs that continue classroom involvement.
One year after the scholarship is awarded, the recipient shall provide OEA with a statement describing his/her employment and graduate work status.
Current members of the OEA Board of Directors and association staff members are not eligible for this scholarship. In addition, OEA Awards and Scholarship Sub-Committee Members are not eligible for two years after completion of service on the committee to apply or to be nominated.
The award will be presented at the OEA Awards Banquet in Columbus during the weekend of the OEA Spring Representative Assembly. For additional information, please contact OEA Program Delivery at:
1-800-282-1500 ext. 3078 (local calls: 614-227-3078)
All applicants will receive notification of receipt of his/her application. The finalists may receive an interview request at the discretion of the committee. Only complete applications will be considered. The OEA Awards and Scholarship Sub-Committee reserves the right to present no award or to refer an applicant to another award or scholarship.
Click here to download the JFK Scholarship Application Form