The Promise Scholarship Program (PSP)

Get GREAT board training that will impact your district’s student learning
and receive money for student scholarships!!

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Sound too good to be true? The Oregon School Boards Association invites boards (including charter schools with high school programs, community colleges and education service districts) to submit your applications for the Promise Scholarship Program. OSBA is looking for nine districts to participate in this 2016 pilot program. Selected districts who complete all five parts of the program outlined below will receive $5,000 of scholarship money for their student(s). For additional information contact Steve Kelley, Director of Board Development, at (800) 578-6722 or


Districts become eligible for the scholarship money when the board completes all of the following:

  1. At least one board project from the Leadership Roles in Student Achievement list (See General Descriptions and Board "Projects" below for project description and special pricing)
  2. Superintendent/president evaluation
  3. Board self-evaluation
  4. Adopts a “Promise” resolution and provides evidence of using one tool from the “Promise” toolkit
  5. Each board member completes six hours of individual development. Individual board member development may include; but not be limited to, online courses, conference workshops, regional workshops, etc. A board may substitute a second board project for this requirement, if requested.


While the board project has its own pricing (see last bullet under General Descriptions of Board Projects), OSBA assistance for the items above will be charged according to current OSBA pricing guidelines. Contact OSBA for specific information.

Scholarship Pool

  • A maximum of nine districts will be invited to participate in this 2016 pilot program.
  • There is a maximum of $5,000 scholarship money for each selected district. The district may decide to award the money to one student or split the money among multiple students.
  • Scholarship money will be awarded to the district in January 2017.

Eligibility Period

The eligible board development period runs from January 1 to December 15, 2016.

  1. The board is required to complete and submit the Application of Intent to OSBA by May 1. The completed application becomes the board's preliminary plan for meeting the PSP requirements.
  2. Upon completion of all five components listed above, the board will notify OSBA using the Notice of Completion form. This form will be emailed to selected districts towards the end of the pilot program, approximately October 2016. The deadline to submit this form is December 15. OSBA will verify completion and award the scholarship money in January 2017. Upon receipt of the money each board becomes solely responsible for the selection of student(s) and distribution of the scholarship money. OSBA requests media releases concerning the final selection of the student scholarship recipient(s).

General Descriptions of Board Projects

  • The board and OSBA facilitator will co-create the overall project using the five board roles as outlined in the Iowa Lighthouse research. The board will:
  1. Learn as a board team;
  2. Set clear expectations;
  3. Provide support to insure success;
  4. Hold the system accountable;
  5. Advocate effectively to build community will to succeed.
  • The project consists of three onsite visits from an OSBA facilitator for a total of six to nine hours.
  • Each project starts with a targeted and facilitated board learning workshop.
  • The OSBA facilitator provides ongoing coaching as needed. There will be two follow-up visits to the school district after the initial board learning workshop.
  • Project pricing is $1200 for a minimum of three work sessions. (A fourth, if needed, is included for no charge.) This price does not include mileage and actual travel costs, as needed. OSBA provides off-site support for no charge.

Board "Projects" - Leadership Roles in Student Learning

(These seven key areas are directly related to the Iowa Lighthouse research on effective boards.)
  1. Vision building/goal setting. The board recognizes the need to improve student learning and creates a sense of urgency for it. The board commits to high expectations for all. It uses data and research to identify the highest priority area(s) for change.
  2. Monitoring (not micro-managing) improvement in student learning. The board balances pressure to improve student learning with support through extensive data use and collaboration with the administrative/teacher leadership team. The board becomes a true partner in improving student learning.
  3. Board/superintendent team learns together. The board/superintendent team leads by example and models team learning. This focused learning helps the district stay the course of improvement.
  4. Board’s role in effective staff professional development. The board provides ongoing support for quality professional development. It is targeted specifically to the district’s vision and learning goals.
  5. Board supports and participates in districtwide leadership, which includes teacher-leaders. The board sets expectations and participates in a distributed leadership model focused on student learning. It is an important tool in successfully monitoring the system for improvement.
  6. Integrate student learning philosophy and priorities into the district’s culture. The board identifies appropriate guiding principles, policies and procedures focused on desired student learning goals and the rationale on why they are important. These are incorporated into all aspects of the district’s culture.
  7. Community engagement. The board sets expectations that the district will partner with families and community members to improve student learning.

Application of Intent

Please submit a completed application to Steve Kelley, Director of Board Development by May 1, 2016.

 Additional Information

Price information

Contact OSBA for specific information.