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Nike School Innovation Fund Invites Public High Schools to apply for 2016-2017 Grants

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NIKE, Inc. has long been committed to fueling excellence in education and in 2007 launched the Nike School Innovation Fund to help students in Oregon achieve their dreams and realize their potential. This past school year, the Fund awarded $1.8 million to 50 Oregon high schools, reaching 60,000 students, with the goal of increasing the number of students who graduate on time and preparing them for college or career success.

Nike is now inviting all Oregon high schools to apply for grants for the 2016-17 school year, which will increase to include 10 additional schools. The 50 schools across the state that have been awarded grants for the current school year are eligible to apply for a second year of funding.  

“We want to help build a team of amazing teachers, counselors and principals across this state who can support each other, and more importantly, support Oregon’s kids,” says Keith Houlemard, Executive Sponsor of Nike School Innovation Fund, VP and GM of the Olympics at NIKE, Inc. (and Portland Public School District parent). 

Nike has also committed its leaders’ time and expertise to assist school leaders with strategy and innovation. “This partnership has enabled us to think creatively about our school priorities and to leverage some of the amazing resources that Nike has to offer,” says Roosevelt High School Principal Filip Hristic.

Applications for the 2016-17 school year are available at, and are due January 15, 2016. All Oregon high schools are encouraged to apply. 

For more information and a full list of recent recipients, download the press release.

Learn more about the Nike School Innovation Fund and Nike’s Global Community Impact work.