The 2012 Jack O’Connell Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded at the Ventura County Democratic Party Spring Fling to be held on Saturday, May 26. Download the application here. In order to be eligible, applications must by postmarked by Friday, April 27.
Hon. Jack O’Connell’s service to Ventura County and the state of California by awarding a
scholarship in the amount of $1,000 in the field of Public Service or Education.
After growing up in Oxnard, graduating from Oxnard High School, receiving his B.A. degree
from California State University Fullerton (CSUF) and his secondary teaching credential from
CSU Long Beach, Jack O’Connell returned to teach government classes at Oxnard High School.
His political career began with his election to the Santa Barbara County School Board. Starting
in 1982, Jack served six terms in the California State Assembly and was Speaker pro tem. He
then was elected to two terms in the State Senate. He was elected as State Superintendent of
Public Instruction in 2002 and overwhelmingly reelected in 2006. In 2007 he was inducted into
the Ventura County Educators Hall of Fame. He termed out in 2010. In April 2011 Jack became
Chief Education Officer for a professional services company that provides consulting, services
and legislative advocacy for school districts. Jack O’Connell is a role model for his commitment
to education as a teacher, legislator, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.