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Education Foundation
A Bright Idea
"Lighting the Way to Our Future"

The Education Foundation of Oconee County was established through a joint effort of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, the public schools, and Athens Academy.The primary goal of the Education Foundation is to develop the greatest resource in Oconee County-its people.

The Education Foundation is a team of private and corporate citizens working with professional educators to achieve excellence in education, founded on the premise that a sound education is the key to addressing and solving the problems facing society today and tomorrow.

The function of the Foundation is to receive and administer funds for enhancing education in Oconee County. Funds are sought through gifts, grants, bequests, donations, memorials, and philanthropic sources.

The Education Foundation has developed a four-point "Strategy for Success" to help children, and those adults in need, achieve their educational goals:

Encourage Innovative Teaching
Teachers are a key factor in student performance. The Education Foundation supports them with projects such as the "Mini-Grant" program which provides funds for teachers to implement the new ideas and innovative techniques. Such programs encourage teachers to find ways to challenge students.

Providing Continuing Education
To stay on the cutting edge in their profession, teachers continually hone their skills and develop new methods of sharing knowledge with their students. The Education Foundation offers scholarships for deserving teachers to fulfill their need for continuing education.

Recognize Excellence
Outstanding performance by both teachers and students should be recognized and encouraged. The Education Foundation will establish methods for honoring teachers, students and administrators who excel in fulfilling their potential in educations.

Maintain Sound Fiscal Status
Funds of the Education Foundation of Oconee will be administered by the Board of Directors. The Education Foundation is a tax-exempt corporation and any funds contributed to the Education Foundation are tax deductible.

Education Foundation Scholarships

The Education Foundation of the Oconee County Chamber of Commerce  would like to invite Oconee County students to apply for the Education Foundation Scholarship. 
The scholarship is focused on providing monies to students who will be pursuing post-secondary work at a college and/or university or who will be pursuing post-secondary work of a technical/vocational nature. 
The final deadline being March 31, 2017. 
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2017 Scholarship Application.docx
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