Chuck Gossett Legislative Advocacy Award

The Chuck Gossett Legislative Advocacy Award was established in 2004 in memory of this former OASBO President (2004-2005). Chuck was very active in the organization with a special interest in public policy and advocacy for education and education funding. The award recognizes exemplary services to public school systems in Ohio through contributions of time and expertise on legislative issues affecting the business operations of school districts. 


  • Any Ohio school business official is eligible to be nominated for this award.
  • Members of the OASBO Board of Directors and the Foundation Board of Trustees are not eligible for awards.

Selection Process/Criteria
Nominations for the award, including those received from Debbie Gossett and OASBO’s Advocacy Specialist, will be submitted using the Chuck Gossett Legislative Advocacy Award application form. The Foundation Board of Trustees will serve as the selection committee. The selection criteria will be based on the following:  

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the legislative process through testimony, participation on committees and in local legislative activities.
  • Maintains a working relationship with his/her own current legislators.
  • Encourages peers to be involved in advocacy and legislative issues.

Award and Scholarship Recipient
The Foundation will make a contribution of $1000 to an eligible organization in the name of the award recipient to fund a scholarship for a graduating senior from a high school in the district that employs the award recipient. 

The eligible organization or a selection committee determined by the eligible organization shall select the scholarship recipient. The eligible organization shall take into account criteria (such as financial need, academic performance, or performance in a particular area) proposed by the award recipient.

The term “eligible organization” refers to a school district or charitable organization meeting criteria established by the Foundation and reflected in the “Organizations Eligible to Receive Foundation Grants for Scholarships” document attached hereto. An award winner may be asked to assist in identifying an eligible organization to receive the contribution and make the scholarship awards.

Each year, award winners will be honored at the OASBO Annual Conference. 

Click here to download the application.

See List of Past Winners

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