Rob Portinga and OAC Convention attendees

The vision of the  Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters Convention has always been to provide a platform for learning, connection and growth without any barriers. This year, that vision has been transformed into reality through the remarkable success of the Rob Portinga Memorial Scholarship Fund.

We are thrilled to announce a momentous achievement: the realization of our goal to make attending the Your Weight Matters Convention an attainable dream for all. Every single applicant of the Rob Portinga Memorial Scholarship has been awarded a grant, paving the way for them to participate in the highly anticipated in-person convention.

However, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible without the generosity of our donors. We extend our deepest gratitude to every individual who contributed to the Scholarship Fund for being the reason more individuals have the chance to develop life-long bonds and experience life-changing health education. Your support has touched lives, transformed outlooks, and opened doors to a world of knowledge and growth.

While we celebrate this year’s success, we recognize that we cannot stop here. To ensure a brighter future for even more deserving applicants, we need to keep the fund going strong. Every contribution, big or small, can create lasting change and make attending the YWM Convention a reality for years to come.

Better yet, our partners at Geisinger have generously pledged to continue matching donations dollar for dollar to the Scholarship Fund. This means your contribution will make double the impact, multiplying the opportunities for future generations of learners and dreamers. 

As we celebrate this milestone, let us look ahead with renewed determination. The success of the Rob Portinga Memorial Scholarship program is not just a triumph for the individuals it supports; it is proof of the strength and compassion of our community and our and our belief in the power of education and connection.

Join us as we continue to empower our Community. Together, we change lives and make dreams come true, one scholarship at a time.

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