Central looks to recognize members that go above and beyond for the Association each year at the RA in April.

We need your help in nominating members. Below is a list of Central Awards.

Outstanding Local Grassroots Activist

To recognize outstanding service to a local by a member who is not a local officer. In order to receive consideration for the award, an individual must be nominated by their local leadership.

The Outstanding Education Advocate

The Outstanding Education Advocate Award recognizes the contributions of individuals and groups who have demonstrated exemplary advocacy for public education.

Contact the Awards Committee to make recommendations, or download one of the nomination forms here.

OEA Awards Each year OEA recognizes outstanding members and locals at their awards dinner in the spring. The applications for those awards are available on the OEA website and the nominations period opens in late November and closes the Friday of Martin Luther King Jr. week.

For more information about OEA Awards visit https://www.ohea.org/resources/scholarships-and-awards/

Awards Committee Members:


Amy Grittani (South-Western EA), Chair and Executive Board Liaison
Paige Harding (Gahanna EA)
Erin Stevens (Pickerington EA)
Tiffany Thomas (Hilliard EA)
Mary Binegar (OEA-R)
Sally Tamborski (S.C.O.P.E.)
Russell Hughlock – Staff Liaison

As part of our mission, Central OEA/NEA offers members scholarships to attend Central, OEA and NEA conferences and events that promote leadership, involvement, diversity, and building and supporting locals. Members must apply online. Active and open scholarships can be applied for using the links shown on the right.

Below are some of the conferences and events that Central offers scholarships to attend. As details become available, we will publish them on our front page.

Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students
The Central OEA/NEA Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students is offered in memory of Central OEA/NEA member Vivian Brown who dedicated her life to the purpose of public education and the mentoring of future educators.

The Purpose of the Central OEA/NEA Vivian Brown Educational Scholarship for College Students is to provide $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing a degree in education at an Ohio college or university.

The Vivian Brown Scholarship for College Students will be awarded each spring to the child of a Central OEA/NEA member who is enrolled in an Ohio university or college course of study leading to a degree in education.

Central Winter Leadership Conference
Central conferences and events are free to attend for all members. However Central offers scholarships to help cover the cost of hotels for members who live more than 30 miles from the venue.

Central Summer Leadership/Bargaining Conference
Central conferences and events are free to attend for all members. However Central offers scholarships to help cover the cost of hotels for members who live more than 30 miles from the venue.

NEA Leadership Summit
NEA is committed to enhancing the Activist Leaders from all segments of the Association. We want to prepare our leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead a relevant and thriving organization. The Summit is an incredible learning experience to serve as entry for your continuous learning journey. Leaders will receive holistic content focused on national and Association-wide issues- as well as individual and organizational needs. The Summit will support a competency-based model of developing great leaders. Competencies serve as a guide for what Association leaders should know and be able to effectively lead within our organization. NEA’s Leadership Development Competencies include: Advocacy, Business, Communication, Governance and Leadership, Leading our Professions, and Organizing. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted women and minorities will also be offered.

NEA ESP National Conference
The ESP National Conference is NEA’s premier event for ESP members nationwide. The goal of the conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted for emerging and advanced Association leaders will also be offered and will require your nomination. One of the highlights of every ESP National Conference is the ESP of the Year Award ceremony.

NEA Retired Conference
The NEA-Retired Organizing Conference is devoted to training retired members to organize their communities to advance the cause of public education.

OAESP Summer Leadership Meeting
This conference is designed for Educational Support Personnel with common interest to promote public education and to provide a voice for the support personnel cause throughout the State of Ohio.

OEA Advocacy and Organizing Institute formerly OEA Collective Bargaining Conference
The OEA Advocacy and Organizing Institute Conference offers empowering training for local leaders and bargaining team members that addresses:
· The importance of negotiating, protecting and strengthening a collective bargaining agreement;
· The value of growing individual member investment in, and enforcement of, their collective bargaining agreement; and
· The benefits of educating members of the challenges that they, their local association and the OEA are facing.

Central will awarded $100 scholarships to cover the registration cost for the conference which includes an overnight room (based on double occupancy) for Friday, and meals provided at the conference. The recipient will be responsible for all other expenses incurred.

OEA Summer Academy
The OEA Summer Academy provides the ability for emerging and prospective leaders of the association to obtain practical knowledge and leadership skills for strengthening the local association. Central will award $100 scholarships to cover the cost of registration. This does not include the cost of the hotel.

The 3.2 million members of the NEA are linked by a common thread—dedication to students, to families, and to community. At NEA Member Benefits, we take pride in serving you! We are dedicated to making the personal and professional lives of educators better through “best in class” programs and services.

The NEA Member Benefits logo symbolizes our connection to the NEA and to you, the NEA member. The symbol in the “E” of NEA is the symbol of the United Education Profession. This symbol, adopted by the NEA Executive Committee in 1966, combines the legacy of the past (the Greek letter pi, short for paideia, the ancient Greek word for education) with an arrow illustrating new direction for the future. The spherical triangle in the background represents the three mutually supportive programs of local, state and national education associations to advance education. The statement “Your Dedication Drives Ours,” sums up NEA Member Benefits’ commitment to honor your profession by focusing on your needs.

For more than half a century, NEA Member Benefits has helped enhance the lives of NEA members and their families through advocacy, service and information. We work with each and every member to find the best solutions to meet their needs. We strive to help all members increase their economic security through financial services, insurance programs and investment advice. We want to maximize members’ hard-earned dollars through consumer discounts and special travel and leisure offers. We also offer resources designed to help educators in the classroom—from professional development services to discounts on instructional materials. At NEA Member Benefits, we take pride in being advocates for members and providing them valuable and trustworthy service—every step of the way.

We invite you to learn more about NEA Member Benefits by contacting us at 1-800-637-4636 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We look forward to serving you!

The NEA Member Benefits Corporation is a subsidiary of the NEA, established to develop, implement and administer NEA Member Benefits programs and services.Our governing body includes a Board of Directors which oversees the corporation to ensure the quality and consistency of the programs.

Central offers lots of ways for individual members to get involved. Central has over a dozen committees dedicated to all aspects of providing services, training and leadership opportunities - and they are always looking for more members to be engaged. You can apply to join a Central committee by completing the online committee interest form, here.

You can check out NEA's extensive member benefits, here.

From time to time Central will offer scholarships to members to attend various events, conferences and meetings. We'll post these opportunities here as they arise, so keep and eye on the Latest Info For Members page.
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