Criteria and application process for schools and educational programs:
The Foundation invites schools or educational programs that serve low-income students to become partners for one year. This is renewable on an annual basis. Priority is given to Title 1 schools that receive federal funding from the Department of Education (i.e., 50% or more of students from low-income backgrounds) and to schools or programs that reach under-represented ethnic minority students. Additional priority is given to schools or programs that provide academic enrichment and experiential learning in culturally diverse environments, opportunities for apprenticeship and mentoring, and possibilities for leveraging resources and sustaining activities on a long-term basis.
After approval of the partnership is given by the school principal or program director, a selection committee of several staff is identified. Working with others (teachers, counselors, students, parents) and the Foundation, the selection committee determines the best initial use of funds and completes a short grant application. Throughout the year, the selection committee meets as needed to review new requests for funding. The application for funding is simple with a quick turn around to facilitate efficiency and responsiveness to student needs in a timely manner. At the end of the academic school year, the partner provides the Foundation with a final report that details the students, teachers, and/or program activities funded, the amount funded for each, and how the funding advanced students’ academic knowledge or success.
The following is the grant application for schools and programs.
Note: all applications must be solicited from the Foundation (i.e., schools, educational program or students cannot apply without being approached first by the Foundation).