OATAG Young Scholar Award

YSA Winner Press Release

2015-2016 Winner: Grace Traeger

Grace is a 5th Grader at Community Roots School in Silverton, OR

Two runners up were:

Ashley Bec a fifth grader who attends Wilkes Elementary School in Portland

Jane Brinkley an eighth grader who attends Roosevelt Middle School in Eugene

OATAG awards one outstanding Oregon student the OATAG Young Scholars Award.  The OATAG Young Scholars Award is designed to recognize excellence in young children.  The award, which includes a certificate and up to a $500 scholarship for a summer program, is awarded each school year. Potential award recipients are students in grades 4 through 8 who have achieved excellence in one of the following areas of endeavor:  leadership, visual/performing arts, or academic achievement.  A student may be recommended by a teacher, parent, or civic/religious leader.

Award Winners will receive:
  • Certificate and up to a $500.00 scholarship for a summer program
  • Complimentary OATAG Gold Membership for 1 Year
  • Complimentary admission to annual conference for the winner and their parents/guardians

To see past YSA Winners, Drummer Article and Press Releases click HERE

Saturday Academy

A non-profit education organization located in Portland.  Their mission is to bring interested students in contact with professions through classes, camps and internships.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right or on the links below.
  • Classes and Camps
    • Class Listings
    • TAG Challenge Camp
      • "Saturday Academy's TAG camp designed to expand the knowledge and skills of academically and intellectually talented students.  The theme for the camp this year (2013) is "Change".  We will seek to understand and measure how change occurs over time or at different rates.  Join us as we ask questions, confront challenges, and seek solutions through Saturday Academy's hands-on learning experiences and interaction with your peers" (From Saturday Academy WEB Site)
      • Dates:
      • Entering grades 4 & 5: June 24-28 at Reed College
      • Entering grades 6-8: August 5-9 at University of Portland
    • College Preparation and Study Skills
    • Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program
      • - "The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program matches bright, motivated high school students with professional scientist and engineers for eight-week, full-time summer internships.  Students assist mentors with research and other activities, learning first-hand about science and engineering careers in the process.  Interns attend two full-day conferences during the summer,gaining additional exposure to diverse careers in scientific and engineering fields, and developing skills that will serve them will in technical careers. (From Saturday Academy WEB Site) 

Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship

August at the Oregon State Fair in Salem

The mission of the Oregon Spellers is to encourage, promote and recognize spelling excellence for the youth of the State of Oregon and to provide, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG) and individual supporters and contributors, an annual state-level championship.  For more information or to volunteer click on link in Links_of_Interest at right


MathPath offers students of middle school age who are extremely talented in mathematics the summer opportunity to learn and develop at a pace and to a depth that matches their abilities while also providing them the rich social and recreational experience of a residential summer program.

MathPath 2015 will take place from June 28th to July 26th at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

For more information visit: http://www.mathpath.org/

Willamette University Youth Program

Are offered for pre-college youth grades 2-12 during summer, fall and spring terms, and spring break. Science, technology, and humanities classes are small-group, hands-on, experiences for the talented and gifted, and curious and creative.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right.
  • Saturday Explorations: Is science, technology, foreign language, and creative writing enrichment classes for students in grades 5-8 and is offered in October and February.  Registration opens Sept 4!
  • Willamette Math Circles: Offers high school students a chance to explore advanced mathematical concepts with Willamette University professors.  Math Circle is offered during Fall and Spring terms.  Registration opens Sept 4!
  • Awesome Academic Adventure: Is four, one-week-long, thematic science, anthropology, and humanities camps for students entering grades 2 through 8. Taught by certified teachers, Awesome Academic Adventures is offered in July.
  • Summer Exploration: Is math, technology, foreign language, and creative writing enrichment classes for students entering grades 5-8 and is offered during June and August.
  • Spring Break Technology Camp: Includes robotics and computer programming enrichment classes for students in grades 4-8.

Southern Oregon University - Academy

A summer residential program for Talented and Highly able students

The ACADEMY program has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students inter Pacific Northwest. Students selected for each residential session held on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, interact with peers of similar abilities while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities.  Students also attend a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right.

University of Oregon Youth Enrichment and Gifted Programs

U of O offers programs year round for advanced learners and talented and gifted in grades K-12.  For more information click on link in Links of Interest at right.

Davidson Institute

In search of a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience?

Davidson THINK Summer Institute

Gifted students interested in a challenging academic summer program should consider attending the Davidson THINK Summer Institute on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno. This intense three-week residential summer program offers exceptionally gifted 13- to 16-year-old students the opportunity to earn college credits that may be transferable.   For more information click on link in Links of Interest at right.


A award-winning online community and website for exceptional students from around the world who love science, technology, engineering and math.  Inspired and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Cogito is a collaboration effort by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and eight partners - all highly renowned organizations that serve gifted youth.  

For more information click on link in Links of Interest at right.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination." (All quotes from the Jack Kent Cookeweb site)

Opportunities available through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:
  • Young Scholars Program - "This program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school."

  • College Scholarship Program - "This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Application period is from late-August to early-November."

Advantage Testing Foundation: Math Prize for Girls

The Advantage Testing Foundation sponsors an annual math competition for high-school girls, the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world. Our goal is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow. 

For more information visit: Advantage Testing Foundation: Math Prize for Girls

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