The Union Schools Education Foundation was organized in 1991 by Union district patrons and administrators who were dedicated to making investments in education, and thereby, enhancing the quality of life in our community and state.
The Foundation is a broadly based, non-profit corporation and is exclusively educational and charitable. Separate and apart from Union Schools, the Foundation maintains its own integrity while working closely with the school district. Tax-exempt donations from individuals, corporations and foundations are used solely for the benefit of our students and teachers.
Job Opening - Union Schools Education Foundation (USEF) Seeks Executive Director - Resumes due April 30
The Union Schools Education Foundation will generate funds for innovative teaching projects to reward and reinforce excellence throughout the district.
Jill Bennett, President
Greg Boudreau, Presidert-Elect
Brent Carroll, Treasurer
Beverly Laubach, Secretary
Mary Arnold , Laura Bell, Kristi Brooks, David Fisher. Tyler Gooch,
Melinda Hyams, DeAnn Magness, MaryJo Meziere, Suzanne Mobley
Cindy Morrison, Kevin Saley, Debra Searcy, Julie Stewart, Mark Thompson, Diane Tupper
Dr. Cathy Burden, Sarah McBryde, Gretchen Haas-Bethell
Jeff Bennett, Evelyn Roberts, Kim Berns
Union Public Schools depends on public funding for basic district operations. Implementation of many innovative programs and ideas requires private resource acquisition. The Foundation is instrumental in helping provide access to education excellence through funding of creative programs as well as recognition of student potential through scholarships.
Support of the Foundation is an investment in our future and will help ensure continued advancement of Union's superb educational curriculum.
Why a Foundation?
Union Public Schools was founded in 1919 when four small rural communities were combined to form what was then the largest consolidated school district in the state. Today, Union is part of the Tulsa/Broken Arrow metropolitan area, and the four original communities have faded into memory with the advancement of new housing divisions. Student population now exceeds 13,000 and is expected to continue growing.
Are today's Union students receiving the best education possible?
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Education report "Investing in Oklahoma - The Progress of Education Reform, Vol. II," the per-pupil expenditure in Oklahoma is $4,084, significantly lower than the national average of $5,986 per pupil.
In recent years, public funding for Union has been enough to cover the basics: salaries, building costs and some classroom supplies. What's lost? The ability to implement innovative programs. Ideas and suggestions from teachers, parents and students go unrealized for lack of funding. That's why your help is so important.
Support of the Foundation is an investment in our children, our schools and our community.
To learn more about how you can contribute expertise or financial resources, contact:
Union Schools Education Foundation
8506 E. 61st Street
Tulsa, OK 74133-1926
The Union Schools Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees acknowledges the the individuals, businesses and companies who have supported the Foundation. List of supporters.
Foundation Grant Applications
Funds generated through the Foundation are administered in the form of teacher grants.
Grant application forms are available for reproduction online or from individual school site administrative offices. Grant application deadline falls near the end of January each year.
To assist you in developing grant applications to the Union Schools Education Foundation, the above link is the Grant Scorecard used by Foundation trustees to evaluate grant requests. This scorecard provides the criteria and weightings by which grants are measured.
The Union Schools Education Foundation presented checks to its 2012-2013 grant recipients during Teacher Appreciation Week in May. Forty-two grants totaling $38,753.28 were given to 44 different teachers at 13 of the district’s 19 sites. The classroom projects to be funded ranged from $248.95 to $2,000.
Grant Application Guidelines
The Union Schools Education Foundation offers grants to educators of the Union School District. Grants enhance the educational environment and fund projects that provide unique and creative educational opportunities for students that otherwise would not be funded through district allocations.
The following general criteria have been established as a basis for awarding grants:
In awarding the grant, the Union Schools Education Foundation and its Allocation Committee shall be governed by the following general principles:
Each year, the Foundation provides funds for educational grants. History has shown the Foundation receives more applications and funding requests than there are funds available. The Allocations Committee reviews all grant applications and will recommend grants based on a predetermined scoring system. A copy of the Grant Scorecard is available for review by applicants. There is no set minimum grant. Educators throughout the district are encouraged to: