The Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) will award $5,000 checks for local student scholarships over the next two weeks to three local schools boards. Recipients and award dates are: Mt. Angel (June 12), Yamhill Carlton (June 14) and Athena-Weston (June 18). The boards qualified for the funds under an OSBA initiative known as the Promise Scholarship Program. Board members completed a multi-step process including board governance professional development, a board project, and superintendent and board self-evaluations. Steve Kelley, OSBA’s director of board development, said each of the boards had made a long-term investment in students’ success. “This program helps students both by providing scholarship funds and investing in board member training,” Kelley said. “Stronger boards are better prepared to face today’s education challenges.” Selected boards are responsible for awarding student scholarships to one or more students by a method of their choosing. A full description of the program can be found at  The Promise campaign, which debuted in November 2014, aims to create public support for K-14 education, to help meet the state’s 40-40-20 goals and lift student achievement and graduation rates. OSBA is a member services agency for more than 200 locally elected boards serving school districts, ESDs and community colleges.