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Oregon State Treasury Financial Empowerment Awards

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Treasurer Read visited Parkrose Middle School on May 24 to congratulate the winner of the first ever Financial Empowerment Teacher of the Year Award, Ryan Ashlock, who launched a popular personal finance math class at the school. The ceremony in the library also was attended by Principal Annette Sweeney and students from the class who received Oregon College Savings Plan scholarships.


Across the state, unsung heroes are helping Oregonians to be better equipped to make financial choices and lead more secure lives.

Oregon Treasury’s Financial Empowerment Awards recognize standout educators and community champions for their efforts to help more people be prepared to navigate our complex financial system.

The awards are made possible through a collaboration with the Oregon College Savings Plan, which helps Oregon families save for higher education and job training.


Financial Educator: This award recognizes educators and/or administrators who have gone above and beyond to make financial literacy education more widely available, more relevant, and/or more exciting to help students make smarter money decisions, now and in the future. Candidates must be a classroom teacher, educational assistant, librarian, or administrator at an accredited K-12 Oregon public, private, or charter school; school district; or Education Service District in the 2022-23 school year.

The honoree will receive $1,500 and another $500 to their school. In addition, students at the school – chosen at random – will share $500 in scholarships from the Oregon College Savings Plan.

Financial Empowerment Community Champion:An organization, association, business, or education enterprise that is making a positive difference when it comes to improving financial wellness and empowerment for Oregonians. The organization should be based in Oregon or have a significant presence here.

The champion organization will receive $2,000, plus will be able to “Pay It Forward” and select another financial empowerment-focused organization or effort to receive $500.


The winning educator and community champion organization must agree to be recognized publicly.

Please be thorough when completing the nomination form below, explain how your nominee meets the criteria for the award, and also who is benefitting from their efforts and how. Please also let us know how to contact you. If desired, you may also submit as many as two letters of recommendation on behalf of the nominee; they can be attached when filling out the nomination form below.

The winners of the inaugural awards in 2022 were Parkrose Middle School teacher Ryan Ashlock and Oregon State Credit Union. Read the news release here.

Questions about the awards or the nomination form? Please contact us at