The Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Scholarship Program was created in 1999 with awards ranging from $500 - $2,500 for Vicksburg High School graduates who wish to pursue further education for their life's goals.
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The importance of education for our students has never been a higher priority. Help us fund programs that set Vicksburg Community Schools above the rest.
Funding Innovation in Teaching & Learning
The concept of establishing foundations to support special innovative ideas has been used in America for decades. However, it was only in the early 1980's, as a result of the changes in the federal Internal Revenue Service regulations, that public school districts were allowed to establish educational foundations.
The purpose of establishing the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was not to supplant existing financial support for the school district, but rather to "...receive, invest and administer funds for the educational, literary, scientific, and extra-curricular activities of the Vicksburg School District."
In 1983, a group of interested citizens met to explore the possibility of establishing a foundation for the Vicksburg Community Schools. As a result of their efforts, organizational by-laws were developed, approved, and the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation was born.
For over 30 years, the Trustees have gone to the greater Vicksburg community for financial support. The Vicksburg Foundation, local businesses, civic groups, the school staff and private citizens have all been generous in their support. As a result of their generosity, the Vicksburg Community Schools Foundation Board has been able to expend over $850,000 in support of innovative educational projects and programs.
The types of grants approved have been in the areas of scholarships, professional development for educators, special teacher incentive projects, instructional technology, the outdoor education center, introductory Begindergarten and Kindergarten materials, and Curiosity Grants for students with innovative ideas.
As we look to the future of the Foundation, we thank all of you who have made our work possible with their time and generosity. We hope that we have made the decisions and choices that the community would have supported. Please join your neighbors and friends in taking a greater role in the educational future of Vicksburg.
Lucas Hillard – Vice President
Warren Lawrence - Charter Member
Carol Lohman - Charter Member
Bob Willhite - President
Pat Wilson O'Leary
Keevin O'Neill - Executive Director
Steve Goss - Treasurer
Beth O'Roark - Secretary