Employer-Sponsored Scholarship Program
Funding scholarships, or participating in sponsoring a scholarship can enable businesses to support local communities while assisting Oregon students and working
to ensure a quality workforce.
Employer-sponsored Scholarship Programs offer scholarship awards specifically to
employees or dependents of eligible employees. These programs must adhere to IRS
guidelines for employee related programs as outlined in the Employer-Sponsored Scholarship
Program Fact Sheet. To insure adherence to IRS
guidelines, employers are required to be certified by OSAC through the completion
of an Annual Certification Request form.
Benefits of these employer programs include:
- indirect advancement of a trade or industry, by targeting certain fields of study
- demonstration of a company's community spirit and good will
- professional scholarship program administered by OSAC
- IRS tax deductible contributions
Business sponsors say the intangible benefits of scholarship funding through the
Commission are often the most rewarding:
An unexpected outcome is improved labor relations. Line staff and managers are equally
represented in scholarship decision-making.
We consider the scholarship to be an investment in the families of our employees
and it shows we support them.