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Scholarships & Awards for Parents

The Oregon Head Start Association awards four $2,000 scholarships annually.

  • Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Parents – Current Head Start parents may apply.
  • Richard C. Alexander Scholarship for Early Head Start (EHS) Parent – Current Early Head Start parents may apply.
  • Ken Lyday Memorial Staff Scholarship – Current Head Start and Early Head Start staff members may apply.
  • Frank Roberts Memorial Scholarship for Graduating Seniors – Graduating high school seniors (including GED recipients and home-schooled seniors) who participated in a Head Start program as a child may apply.

Each scholarship is to be applied to an institution of higher learning.

All scholarship requirements and applications may be downloaded from the OHSA web page at  Parents may also contact their Family Advocate for assistance.

Applicants, except graduating seniors, need to submit their application form to the PFCE Department at the Southern Oregon Head Start main office by April 1st. Parent and staff applications must be submitted through Southern Oregon Head Start.  They will be disqualified if sent directly to OHSA.

Graduating high school seniors, please apply for this scholarship through OSAC at



The National Head Start Association also awards scholarship and awards.  Because these are constantly changing, it is best to visit the NHSA website to find out what is available.

Heidi’s Story

Heidi Logan, Head Start parent and the 2005-2006 Parent Policy Council Chairperson, won the National Head Start Association’s Phyllis J. Jones Memorial Scholarship Award. Awarded to one Head Start graduate each year, the $1,500 award will help Heidi continue her dream of achieving a college degree. Heidi said she was always told as a child that low-income children couldn’t go to college. Through encouragement and support from Head Start staff, Heidi became a student in the criminology program at Rogue Community College. She plans to transfer to Southern Oregon University and become a juvenile corrections officer. Heidi wants to help kids who get in trouble to find a better path in life. At the Southern Oregon Head Start 40th anniversary celebration in May 2006, Heidi spoke about what Head Start has meant to her.

“I am blessed and honored to be part of this wonderful celebration. This is not just a celebration of an organization but the celebration of the force of families and our strength to want our children to be better then what is expected of low income families. We may not have the money to financially help the program, but we have something better, the time and ambition to be part of our children’s education. I am proud to be a part of the Head Start family. Because of Head Start, I have been able to see something more in me that the staff saw in me long before I even knew I could do it. The staff is awesome and is there to help with whatever they can. Head Start will always be a big part of my heart and my life. May Head Start be here for another 40 years!”