SELCO accepting applications for annual SPARK! initiative.

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September 17, 2020—SELCO Community Credit Union Begins Accepting Applications for SPARK! Creative Learning Grants on Sept. 15

With K–12 educators facing unique challenges, annual program seeks to help fund innovative projects; 56 grants totaling $47,238 awarded in 2019-20

(EUGENE, Ore.) — SELCO Community Credit Union will begin taking applications on Sept. 15 for its annual SPARK! Creative Learning Grants with an aim to help educators meet unprecedented challenges in the 2020-21 school year. The grants award as much as $1,000 each to K–12 educators to fund projects across the 27 Oregon counties that SELCO serves.

In its 27th year, the SPARK! Creative Learning Grant program has long sought to bridge funding gaps for educators with the belief that funding should not be an obstacle for educational projects that excite curiosity, deepen understanding, and encourage new ways of learning. And never has innovative thinking been more important.

SELCO has made some modifications to the program this year to help meet the significant challenges that educators will face. The changes include a later application window—which has been moved back to Sept. 15 and will remain open through Oct. 31—to offer applicants additional time to identify project needs.

“Educators across the state are looking for unique and creative ideas to help their students overcome the significant obstacles that this school year will bring,” said Craig Carpenter, SELCO’s senior vice president of lending and business solutions. “SELCO’s mission with the SPARK! program has always been to make sure that a lack of funding never gets in the way of a great idea. The need for fresh ways of reaching students will be imperative, and we are eager to help support educators’ as they work to meet these challenges.”

SPARK! Creative Learning Grants are awarded to educators with innovative classroom ideas and a need for materials or other resources to get those ideas off the ground. In the 2019-20 school year alone, SELCO awarded $47,238 to 56 educators across Oregon, a record for the program.

SPARK! Grants for the 2019-20 school year helped fund a wide array of projects, from a Revolutionary War reenactment day for fifth-graders in Culver to an underwater robotics class in Portland to a stop-motion animation STEAM class in Dallas.

For more information about SELCO Community Credit Union’s SPARK! Creative Learning Grants or to view a student-produced video from a past project, or to apply, visit selco.org/why-selco/spark-creative-learning-grants/. For questions, email spark@selco.org or call 541-686-5382.

 
About SELCO Community Credit Union:
Founded over 80 years ago by a group of fiscally minded teachers, Eugene-based SELCO Community Credit Union today serves more than 140,000 members as the third-largest Oregon-based credit union. A not-for-profit, federally insured, member-driven financial cooperative with more than $2 billion in assets, SELCO provides its member-owners with exceptional rates and low fees on a full range of financial products and services, including banking, mortgages, personal and business loans, investments, and insurance. Membership is available to anyone who lives or works in one of the 27 Oregon counties SELCO serves. For more information or to become a member today, stop by one of SELCO’s 15 branches, visit selco.org, or call 800-445-4483.

 

Contacts

Jacob Berns, SELCO, 541-338-3841jberns@selco.org
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