Whisper Grant for Students in Need offer direct assistance to an individual student or group of students with educational or personal needs when a hardship is identified. Grants are issued to a requesting education staff member(s) to purchase items or improve an individual’s or group of individual’s school learning or academic performance or to assist with basic needs such as eyeglasses, personal hygiene items, repairs to a broken wheelchair, etc.
Any active and dues-paying member of the Ohio Education Association may apply.
An individual student may only receive one grant per school year (Sept. 1-June 15), up to a maximum of $2,000 — unless there are extenuating circumstances. Funds must be used for the student identified on the grant application and enrolled in an Ohio public school.
Grants are awarded in increments up to $500 per grant, based on determined needs and calculated costs; requests are not guaranteed to be filled in full as the Board will determine award level based on information presented in the application.