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Oregon State Treasury Financial Empowerment Awards

Oregon State Treasury Financial Empowerment Awards

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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 will be given for the first time in 2022.

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 2021-22 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.

Nominations are due by March 1, 2022, and winners will be announced in spring 2022.

Please note that 1-2 letters of recommendation on behalf of the nominee must be submitted to Treasury by the nominator; they can be attached when filling out the nomination form below. Letters should identify how the nominee meets the criteria for the award. Paper nomination forms are also available.

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