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.

Continuing Education Scholarship for Members
The Continuing Education Scholarship for Members will be awarded each spring to a Central OEA/NEA member who is enrolled in a course of study supporting their professional role.

Central Power Up! Conference
Central conferences and events are free to attend for all members.

Central Local Association Retreat
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 Conference
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.

NEA Minority Leadership Training Program (MLTP)
Our ability to influence public education is dependent on having an engaged, active, and strong membership. That’s why NEA created the Minority Leadership Training Program to support leaders in all phases of their careers. The training is broken down into two categories; find the one that's right for you.

NEA Women's Leadership Training Program (WLTP)
NEA is committed to establishing and developing equity in leadership — in our Association and in our schools. It is a mission that has been central to our work for decades.

The Women’s Leadership Training Program was launched in the 1970s, and has helped thousands of Association members. The training is designed to meet the needs of new leaders just beginning to participate in the Association, and experienced leaders serving in the highest local, state, and national positions.

NEA Racial and Social Justice Conference
The Conference on Racial and Social Justice provides a unique space for educators, students, parents and families, organizers, community members and leaders to unite for the advancement of Justice in Education.

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.