Oakland Schools offers scholarships for technical campuses

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published December 19, 2017

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OAKLAND COUNTY — Scholarships ranging from $500 to $7,500 will be awarded to students attending Oakland Schools Technical Campuses, part of the annual Scholarships for Success program through the Oakland Schools Education Foundation, or OSEF.

Applications are being accepted until Friday, Jan. 12. To apply for the scholarships, visit ostconline.com and select “Current Students” and then “Scholarships.” 

In all, $50,000 worth of scholarships are being awarded in the following amounts:

• One $7,500 scholarship

• Four $5,000 scholarships

• Four $2,500 scholarships 

• Eight $1,000 scholarships 

• Nine $500 scholarships 

The scholarships will help students on the next step of their journey, whether that’s a trade school or apprenticeship, or even a traditional college/university. The scholarships are funded, in part, by the annual Scholarships for Success Gala Dinner fundraiser, which took place in April at Tam-O-Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield Township. 

The scholarships will be presented to the winners at an awards breakfast on Feb. 26, 2018, at Oakland Schools, 2111 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford Township. 

“Our goal last year was to raise $50,000,” stated Andrea Berry, OSEF executive director, in an email. “We were so excited and grateful to surpass that.“

The program started in November 1991 as a partnership between Oakland Schools and DENSO International. Since then, more than $390,000 has been awarded to students. Awards are based on interest and participation in technical education, academic achievement and career goals.

Only seniors attending the four Oakland Schools Technical Campuses and first-year graduates of the campuses can apply. All students from Oakland County school districts have the opportunity to attend one of the four campuses, located in Royal Oak, Wixom, Pontiac and Clarkston. 

Eligible students must also have an overall GPA of at least 2.0, a career technical education (CTE) program GPA of at least 3.0 (either at the technical campus or a district CTE program), and intend to pursue studies at a two- or four-year college/university, apprenticeship or trade school.

Technical education includes fields in agriscience and environmental technologies, automotive training, collision repair and refinishing, computer networking and programming, construction technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts and hospitality, cybersecurity, energy and electrical technology, health sciences, machining, visual imaging and more.

“These scholarships are integral to assisting many of our technical campus students with continuing their education after high school,” said Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson, vice president of OSEF and Oakland Schools superintendent, in a statement.

Added Berry: “We want to help take away some of the anxiety of figuring out how to pay for education after high school, and allow students to focus on acquiring the skills they need to be successful.”