2020 Strike Debt
In 2019We decided to change our annual project from high school scholarships to REVERSE SCHOLARSHIPS to draw attention to Grandparent and Parent student debt. With a Debtors Assembly January 29th at Portland Central Library, we began educating more of the public about this grave injustice to elders. We did not find one single senior in the Portland area in 2019 who had money garnished from their Social Security and/or disability checks by the government for their student loan debt, or for co-signing student loans for family members.
Read more about this issue under NEWS in a current research paper by Roberta Badger Cain.
we worked with Reynolds High School in Troutdale.
The students are receiving much more information about the dangers of student debt but understanding what that means varies greatly. We see a great need to start Strike Debt Clubs at Portland Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. Student members can hold Debtors' Assemblies to help educate their peers. Want to help make this happen? look under contacts at the top of the page.
According to August 2018 Eugene Weekly:
More than 50 percent of Oregon college grads are in debt, and Oregon is ranked 22nd in the country for its amount of average student loan debt per borrower.
That amount per borrower in Oregon is $27,500.
Strike Debt started a Scholarship fund and gave out scholarships to two Franklin High School Graduates. Applicants were asked to write an essay about student debt and how it might affect their futures. Our committee of six selected two women who were the first in their families to graduate from high school. They are both completing their first year at Portland Community College.
Marlet E. 2017 Strike Debt Scholarship winner with Sandra Decker at Franklin High School.
Anita P. 2017 Strike Debt Scholarship winner at
Franklin High School Awards night.