The foundation was formed in 1992 by a group of volunteers who wanted to maximize every existing educational opportunity for Oscoda Area School students and staff; and to create some new ones as well. In the last 25 years, the foundation has given over $800,000 in scholarships to 373 graduating seniors of OHS. In addition, we have given over $40,000 in mini-grants to students and staff. The Continuing Education Scholarship, our newest one, for alumni of OHS, has awarded $4,000.
In 2019, we awarded scholarships totaling $60,300 for 19 different scholarships awarded to graduating seniors to continue their education.
It has been very gratifying to be able to partner the resources and passions of our generous donors with the needs of our students. Such partnerships fulfill our mission by providing opportunities that may not have otherwise been there for them. We have made awards to cover field trips, scholarships to graduating seniors, funds to equip classrooms with innovative technology and other hands on materials to enhance learning. Fine arts and athletic possibilities have been expanded for students to attend camps, clinics and even world tours. We have also granted funds for school wide initiatives such as, Rachel's Challenge. In 2012 we had the unique experience of helping a former scholarship recipient in pursuing her Master's Degree with an internship with the US Department of State's Economic and Science Affairs Division at the US Mission in Geneva.
The Oscoda Education Opportunity Foundation is a grass roots effort to meet the needs of area students.