Help OnPoint Honor Our Community's Best Educators.

OnPoint Community Credit Union has always understood that investing in education is one of the best ways to build thriving communities. That's why we created the OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. This program awards nearly $50,000 to local teachers and their schools. Here's what selected teachers and schools will win:

  • Educator of the Year - K-8 - Mortgage paid for one school year plus $2,500 to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Educator of the Year - 9-12 - Mortgage paid for one school year plus $2,500 to their school for resources and supplies.
  • Two Finalists - K-8 & 9-12 - $2,500 cash for each finalist plus an additional $1,000 to their schools for resources and supplies.
  • Community Choice - **NEW** - Four schools will win $500 for a special project of their choice.

Campaign Updates:

  • The Educator of the Year nomination period has passed. Thank your for submitting your nomination! Finalists will be announced May 9.
  • The Community Choice awards have been announced! Learn more about the award recipients!

Two prizes awarding excellence in education.

Educator of the Year

The nomination deadline has passed.
Finalists announced May 9.

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Community Choice Award

Winners Announced!

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OnPoint Prize Timeline
OnPoint Prize Timeline

2016 Community Choice Winners

Congratulations to the 2016 Community Choice recipients! These four schools will receive $500 to complete their project.

Learn more about the Community Choice award.

  • Alder Creek Middle School

  • District: N. Clackamas School District | Program / Event Name: Drum line
  • Alder Creek Middle School students will compete at the NW Performing Arts Assoc., a tonal component, performed with mallet instruments and other percussion. The percussionists have been preparing for this competition and have developed a love for drumming. Our students can't wait to perform and deserve the opportunity to experience playing a musical instrument in a competition setting. We will use the funds to procure uniforms, needed by the middle school members to match the rest of the drum line.

  • Aloha High School

  • District: Beaverton School District | Program / Event Name: AVID Across the Curriculum
  • The AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Program allows participating students to visit college campuses at least once a year. Our AVID students come from diverse backgrounds with various challenges. Many of their parents do not have college degrees. AVID is limited to only a few classes per grade at Aloha, so a majority of students do not get the benefit of visiting a college and taking a tour. The Community Choice award will allow us to expand our program.

    We plan to use the dollars to pay for transportation allowing 100+ students to visit a college. Imagine walking onto a college campus for the first time--what a token of hope and optimism for our students!

  • Tom McCall Upper Elementary School

  • District: Forest Grove School District | Program / Event Name: Positive Behavior Support (PBS)
  • The Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program at Tom McCall Upper Elementary serves 806 students at in 5th and 6th grade. The PBS Program has implemented several functions/activities, specifically; Student of the Month Assemblies to acknowledge students who are exhibiting positive behavior traits, and 'Pride Insides' (good behavior reward tickets) for on the spot reinforcement. As a year-end culminating activity and larger incentive for positive behavior, we would like to reward the grade that earns the most ‘Pride Insides’ with a movie celebration we will call 'Movie Madness'. If awarded the OnPoint Community Choice Award we would use this money to fund this celebration.

  • Willamina Elementary School

  • District: Willamina School District | Program / Event Name: Playground Enhancements
  • There are currently 467 students at the elementary school in grades K-6. The last piece of elementary playground equipment was purchased in 1994. There are currently three pieces of playground equipment that are off limits due to safety concerns. In the winter and spring months, our field, where students play soccer, kickball and football, is off limits due to improper drainage. Our special needs students would benefit from physical accommodations and other modifications so that they can access the same places as their peers. Currently, our playground is mostly covered in pea gravel, making it off limits to students with mobility challenges. Upgrades to the playground would make it so that it is inclusive to all students and staff and able to supply the large number of students with choices for physical activity. OnPoint’s support would assist us in meeting our financial goal to purchase new equipment in order to provide for our students and give them a place to play and take pride in!

Frequently Asked Questions

Educator of the Year

Community Choice

  • Why were the finalists announced as winners instead of being presented for community voting?

    The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee identified four eligible applicants to present as finalists. Because the campaign awards four $500 prizes, these finalists were each awarded a prize.

  • What is the Community Choice award?

    The Community Choice award is a new contest as part of the 2016 OnPoint Prize for Excellence in Education. Schools may submit applications from February 8 – April 1 to propose a project they hope to complete. On April 11, the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee will announce the four Community Choice award recipients.

  • What prizes will be awarded to schools as part of the Community Choice contest?

    This year, four schools will be named Community Choice recipients. Each winner will receive a $500 grant to complete the project proposed by the school.

  • Who is eligible to submit a Community Choice application?

    Administrators, staff, or faculty members, as well as officers of parent or booster groups affiliated with eligible schools may submit a Community Choice application. Eligible schools include public or private K-12 schools located within any county that OnPoint serves ((Benton, Clackamas, Columbia, Crook, Deschutes, Jefferson, Lane, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Washington, and Yamhill counties in Oregon and Clark and Skamania counties in Washington).

  • Can I still apply for the Community Choice Award?

    The application period is now closed. Learn more about our Community Choice winners by clicking here.

  • How will the Community Choice Recipients be selected?

    All prizes are awarded by the OnPoint Prize Selection Committee, which will judge all applications received via the following criteria:

    • Will the project inspire creativity and foster community?
    • Will the project reach a broad segment (group) of the school community?
    • Can the project be completed with the $500 Community Choice award, and if not what is the plan to raise any outstanding funds needed?

    From the pool of applicants, the selection committee will appoint up to ten finalists to present publicly via The community will then be allowed to cast votes to help determine which four schools will be named Community Choice winners.

    Campaign update: The OnPoint Prize Selection Committee identified four eligible applicants to present as finalists. Because the campaign awards four $500 awards, these finalists were each awarded a prize.

  • Who are the 2016 Community Choice winners?

    Click here to learn more about the 2016 Community Choice winners.

  • Where can I find the contest rules for the Community Choice award?

    Please view Contest Rules, for full contest details and eligibility information.