PORTLAND, Ore. OnPoint Community CU, founded as Portland Teachers Credit Union, will award $40,000 to local educators and their schools, including paying the mortgage for two teachers for one school year, as part of its annual OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education contest.
This year’s contest will recognize one K-8 teacher and one 9-12 teacher as Educators of the Year, paying their respective mortgages for one school year and donating $1,000 to their schools. In addition, one K-8 teacher and one 9-12 teacher will be Finalists and will each receive $500 for themselves and $500 for their schools. The winners will be announced May 22.
Last year, a Hudson’s Bay High School counselor was recognized for her work developing a comprehensive attendance program, a College and Scholarship Prep Boot Camp, and the Back on Track Alternative School for at-risk students. OnPoint paid her mortgage for one year and made a donation to Hudson’s Bay High School for resources and supplies.
Anyone can nominate an educator, and educators may also nominate themselves, the credit union said. Applicants must be a full-time or job-share classroom teacher, counselor or librarian of grades K-12 in an accredited public, private or charter school located within any county that OnPoint serves.