Service Above Self: Educational Excellence Awards
(aka “SASEE” Awards)

SASEE Overview

The Service Above Self: Educational Excellence Awards, also known as the SASEE Awards, is a program of the Rotary Club of Lake Oswego designed to celebrate and honor those whose efforts support education in the community.

The purpose of SASEE is to identify and honor individuals who make extraordinary contributions of service in support of the educational opportunities provided to our children by our community’s schools.

The SASEE Awards, which were first celebrated in 2017, recognize three categories of individuals: 1) Teachers, Administrators, or Instructional Assistants 2) Students, and 3) local Citizens who devote significant time and effort to supporting education.

Educator category recipients are awarded $1,000, which is applied to their school or service activities. Student awardees receive $1,000, which is applied to their school or service activities. Three-thousand-dollar student scholarships in the name of each Citizen recipient are presented to graduating seniors each year.

Anyone may nominate a candidate for a SASEE Award. All nominees are carefully considered by a panel of judges who select recipients in each category. Finalists and recipients in each of the categories are honored at an annual awards event in the Spring of the year. In the past, that awards event was presented at an in-person banquet and celebration. For the past two years, because of the pandemic, the SASEE Awards have been presented on video.

The 2021, 2022, and 2023 SASEE Awards video may be viewed at these locations:
2021 SASEE Awards
2022 SASEE Awards
2023 SASEE Awards

SASEE is managed by a steering committee of volunteers who meet 4 times during the course of the year. Local citizens who are interested in becoming a part of the SASEE Awards program can do so in a number of ways, including the following:

• Nominate candidates for SASEE Awards
• Become a SASEE Award judge, a commitment of approximately eight hours
• Join the SASEE Steering Committee

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“Service Above Self: Educational Excellence”