Nike Awards $1.6M in High School Grants

Nike Awards $1.6M in High School Grants

Nike, Inc. and the Nike School Innovation Fund awarded a total of $1.6 million in grants to 71 Oregon high schools.

Since 2007, the Nike School Innovation Fund has invested more than $12 million by partnering with school leaders to support teachers and engage students in realizing their full potential. In 2015, the Nike School innovation Fund launched a statewide initiative focused on accelerating college and career readiness for Oregon high school students. This focus began last year and total grants given to date now total $3.4 million to support school implementation of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) in 50 high schools. 2015 was also the first year Nike partnered with the James and Marion L. Miller Foundation and The Oregon Community Foundation to expand its reach into more Oregon schools. For the 2016-17 school year, all 50 schools have implemented college and career readiness best practices and applied to renew funding to continue this work. Nike will continue to support these 50 schools, plus the program will expand to an additional 21 schools.

“It’s in Nike’s DNA to inspire and innovate, and we believe that one of the most important ways we can contribute to better, stronger communities is to take that inspiration to our classrooms,” said Keith Houlemard, Executive Sponsor of Nike School Innovation Fund, VP and GM of the Olympics at NIKE, Inc. (and a Portland Public School District parent).”Our goal is to help support amazing teachers, counselors and principals so we can improve graduation rates, narrowing the achievement gap and preparing more students for college and beyond.”

The grants represent the second year of partnership with AVID. AVID’s research-based strategies and curriculum provide educators with training to better prepare students for success in high school, college or a career — especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. A full 99 percent of students who participate in the AVID program graduate from high school on time, with the skills, academic behaviors and knowledge needed to succeed in college and beyond.

“Nike has done a fantastic job in bringing educators together to collaborate and create a network of support within Oregon in regards to AVID implementation, graduation rates and school improvement,” said Molly Ouche, Principal of Parkrose High School in Portland. “High schools are really isolated and because of Nike’s role those walls of isolation have really been broken down. Now we are not only speaking the same language about what is best for our students, we have been provided the structure and support to have those conversations. The training that we have received through this grant is by far the best professional development I have received as an educator.”

Of the 50 schools that received grants during the 2015-16 school year, 12 have been paired with Nike Leaders and receive additional support and funding for school-based innovations and programming that directly impacts students. Each principal and Nike Leader work to develop innovative solutions to address the most urgent and unique needs of their students and school.

“It is a true testament to the power of AVID that all 50 of the schools from last year reapplied for the program again this year. It is an honor to continue our work with those schools while extending the opportunity to an additional 21 schools throughout the state,” said Vanessa Wilkins, Director of the Nike School Innovation Fund.

2016-17 Recipients of the Nike School Innovation Fund grants are:

  • Alliance High School, Portland
  • Aloha High School, Aloha
  • Arts & Communication Magnet Academy, Beaverton
  • Ashland High School, Ashland
  • Beaverton High School, Beaverton
  • Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland
  • Century High School, Hillsboro
  • Chiloquin High School, Chiloquin
  • Churchill High School, Eugene
  • Clackamas High School, Clackamas
  • Cleveland High School, Portland
  • Community School/Merlo Station High School, Beaverton
  • Corvallis High School, Corvallis
  • Crater Academy of Health & Public Services, Central Point
  • Crater Renaissance Academy, Central Point
  • Crook County High School, Prineville
  •   Culver High School, Culver
  • Dayton High School, Dayton
  • Eagle Point High School, Eagle Point
  • Franklin High School, Portland
  • Gervais High School, Gervais
  • Glencoe High School, Hillsboro
  • Grant High School, Portland
  • Grants Pass High School, Grants Pass
  • Health & Science School, Beaverton
  • Hillsboro High School, Hillsboro
  • Hood River High School, Hood River
  • International School of Beaverton, Beaverton
  • John F. Kennedy High School, Mt. Angel
  • Klamath Union High School, Klamath Falls
  • La Pine High School, La Pine
  • Lakeview High School, Lakeview
  • Lebanon High School, Lebanon
  • Liberty High School, Hillsboro
  • Lincoln High School, Portland
  • Madison High School, Portland
  • Madras High School, Madras
  • Mapleton High School, Mapleton
  • McKay High School, Salem
  • McLoughlin High School, Milton-Freewater
  • McMinnville High School, McMinnville
  • McNary High School, Salem
  • Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie
  • Multnomah Learning Center, Portland
  • New Urban High School, North Clackamas
  • Newberg High School, Newberg
  • Newport High School, Newport
  • North Eugene High School, Eugene
  • North Medford High School, Medford
  • North Salem High School, Salem
  • Oregon City High School, Oregon City
  • Parkrose High School, Portland
  • Rex Putnam High School, Milwaukie
  • Reynolds High School, Troutdale
  • Ridgeview High School, Redmond
  • Roosevelt High School, Portland
  • Sam Barlow High School, Gresham
  • Siletz Valley Early College Academy, Siletz
  • Sisters High School, Sisters
  • South Albany High School, Albany
  • South Salem High School, Salem
  • Southridge High School, Beaverton
  • St. Helens High School, St. Helens
  • Stayton High School, Stayton
  • Sunset High School, Beaverton
  • Taft High School, Lincoln City
  • The Dalles High School, The Dalles
  • West Albany High School, Albany
  • Westview High School, Portland
  • Wilson High School, Portland
  • Woodburn High School, Woodburn