Oregon Head Start Association Announces Scholarship Winners

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SALEM, Ore. - May 15, 2014 - PRLog -- Every year the Oregon Head Start Association awards a variety of scholarships.

The Oregon nominees for the National Head Start Association Scholarships and Awards are:
•    Beating the Odds Parent Award- Tifini Wright, Southern Oregon Head Start
•    Helen Hollingshed Taylor Memorial Scholarship for Staff- Heather Trusty, Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start
•    Ron Herndon Head Start Parent Scholarship- Jessica Gernand-Lowe, Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start

We remember Senator Roberts 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.  In his honor the Oregon Head Start Association awards three scholarships annually.

This year the Frank Robert’s Memorial Scholarship winners are
•    Graduating High School Senior- Hannah Parks, Head Start of Harney County
•    Parent- Christine Spires, Southern Oregon Head Start
•    Staff- Scottrina Hillard, UCAN Head Start

Richard C. (Dick) Alexander, business leader and entrepreneur, had a deep commitment to focusing resources where they could 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. In honor of Alexander, a scholarship is awarded annually to an Early Head Start Parent enrolling or enrolled in a program of higher education. This year we are proud to announce Chesha Hayter, from Southern Oregon Head Start, as the winner of the Richard C Alexander Scholarship.
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