Education Funding Grants


October 18, 2005 12 min read



ING Unsung Heroes

ING Group, a global financial institution based in Amsterdam, announced its 2005 Unsung Heroes Awards, which give $250,000 in grants to more than 100 educators in the United States to support educational projects and innovative teaching methods.

The first place winner, Peggy Carlisle, from Pecan Park Elementary School in Jackson, Miss., received a $27,000 grant. The second place winner, Carol Burch from Hannibal High School in Hannibal, N.Y., was given $12,000; and third place winners Alan Crawford and Kathleen Dyer, a team from Rio Grande City High School in Rio Grande City, Texas, won $7,000. The financial group also gave an additional grant of $10,000 to Jennifer Wise of Dorothy Thomas Center in Tampa, Fla., the 2003 first place winner, in honor of the Unsung Heroes Awards’ 10th anniversary.

The following finalists received $2,000 grants: Chris Abbott, Hadley Junior High School, Glen Ellyn, Ill.; John Adelmann, Central Alternative High School, Dubuque, Iowa; Lynne Ajifu, Manana Elementary School, Pearl City, Hawaii; Barbara Baker, Lowell Elementary School, Milwaukee; Deborah Barberio, Central Elementary School, Moundsville, W.Va; Wendy Barrick, Poquoson Elementary School, Poquoson, Va.; Bianca Belmonte-Sapien, Juvenile Detention Center, Albuquerque, N.M.; Terry Bermudez, Simonds Elementary School, San Jose, Calif.; Lisa Brandt, Deuel School, Clear Lake, S.D.; Michael A. Boyer, North Penn High School, Lansdale, Pa.; James Brown, Sand Creek Middle School, Albany, N.Y.; Carrie Caramella, John Tuck Elementary School, Redmond, Ore.; Melba Carr, Walter J. Baird Middle School, Lebanon, Tenn.; Theresa Casto, Lancaster Central Elementary School, Bluffton, Ind.; Sandra Cavanaugh, North Strabane Intermediate School, Canonsburg, Pa.; Eric Cleveland, New Roads High School, Santa Monica, Calif.; Paula Cogdell, Magnolia High School, Magnolia, Texas; Robbin Colley, New Hope High School, Leander, Texas; Heather Collins, Foothill High School, Henderson, Nev.; Debbie Comstock, North Salem High School, Salem, Ore.; Terri Connard, Conner Junior High School, McGehee, Ark.; Sandra Cryder, Overlea High School, Baltimore; Margaret Cupp, Hugh Goodwin Academy for the Arts, El Dorado, Ark.; Kerry Andersen Cusick, Dr. Harry L. Halliwell Memorial School, Slatersville, R.I.; Robert Davis, Beachwood High School, Beachwood, Ohio; Holly DeBarnardo, Youngstown Early College, Youngstown, Ohio; Robert Deschaine, Pound Middle School, Lincoln, Neb.; Graham Dey, West Salem High School, Salem, Ore.; Stacy Dibble, Prairie Elementary School, Worthington, Minn.; Rebekah Ellis, Ascension Day School, Lafayette, La.; Kaye Geiger, Cutler Ridge Elementary School, Miami; Michelle Gibson, Spaulding High School, Rochester, N.H.; Maryellen Grebin, New School of Orlando, Orlando, Fla.; Linda Godwin, Flomaton Enrichment School, Flomaton, Ala.; Tina Goter and Dwayne Johnson, Stevens Middle School, Port Angeles, Wash.; Roald Haaland, J.C. Clark Jr. Elementary School, Hartford, Conn.; Karen Hall and Lynn Hayes, Oakdale Elementary School, Rock Hill, S.C.; Debby Haynes, Lincoln Middle School, Kansas City, Mo.; Melodie Hessling, Nativity Jesuit Middle School, Milwaukee; Daniella Hickling, New Dimensions High School, Kissimmee, Fla.; Kelly Hjertstedt, York Alternative High School, Chicago; Christopher Horras, Juan Diego Catholic High School, Draper, Utah; Alison Hramiec, Boston Day and Evening Academy, Roxbury, Mass.; Michael Huchro, Lake Avenue Elementary School, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Bill Irmen, Jim Hill Middle School, Minot, N.D.; April Jordan, Forest Park Middle School, Forest Park, Ga.; Robert Kaiser, Greene County Career Center, Xenia, Ohio; Heather Key, Dann C. Byck Elementary School, Louisville, Ky.; Megan King, St. Paul Central High School, St. Paul, Minn.; Kathleen Kohl, Grovetown Middle School, Grovetown, Ga.; Gail Kunch, Fort Madison Catholic High School, Fort Madison, Iowa; Joel Kuper, Greybull High School, Greybull, Wyo.; Diana Latta, Palatka High School, Palatka, Fla.; Peter Loiselle, Surry Elementary School, Surry, Maine; Julia Lundberg, Kosciuszko Middle School, Milwaukee; Joanne da Luz, Life Learning Academy Charter High School, San Francisco; Cassi Mackey-Chenen, Montessori Education Centre, Mesa, Ariz.; Linda Maloney, Hamrick Elementary School, Imperial, Mo., and Fox Elementary School, Arnold, Mo.; Bruce Mathiowetz, Belle Plaine High School, Belle Plaine, Minn.; Howard McNair, Roosevelt High School, Fresno, Calif.; Angie Meadows, Wilmington Montessori School, Wilmington, Del.; Wynn Mott, Woody Gap School, Suches, Ga.; Zelda Nathaniel, East New York Family Academy, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Teresita Nieves, H.C. Dwight School, Hartford, Conn.; Carol Novotney, Mirror Lake Elementary School, Federal Way, Wash.; Brent Osborn, North Central High School, Spokane, Wash.; Helen Pappas, Albuquerque Public Schools Family School, Albuquerque, N.M.; Robert Pizem, Pomona Senior High School, Arvada, Colo.; Aaron Podolner, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, Ill.; Carly Pumphrey, Marlowe Elementary School, Falling Waters, W.Va.; Jennifer Reed-Taunton, Alabama Avenue Middle School, Albertville, Ala.; Victor Reece, DC Alternative Learning Academy, Washington; Brian Reedy, Carson High School, Carson City, Nev.; Vana Richards, Kenneth J. Carberry Intermediate School, Emmett, Idaho; Rebecka Rocquin, Loranger High School, Loranger, La.; Pam Ross, Oyster Bilingual Elementary School, Washington, D.C.; April Roth, North Gulfport 7th and 8th Grade School, Gulfport, Miss.; Kristen Sargent, West Hartsville Elementary School, Hartsville, S.C.; Debra Savage, Westside High School, Houston; Dave Schmitz, North Pole High School, North Pole, Alaska; Scott Sherman, Mason County Eastern Junior/Senior High School, Custer, Mich.; Nancy Slagle, East Millbrook Magnet Middle School, Raleigh, N.C.; Raynelle Stanage, Apollo Elementary School, Bossier City, La.; Randy Steinheimer, J.H. Freeman Elementary School, Aurora, Ill.; Susie Stevens, Latta High School, Ada, Okla.; Karen Stiles, Central Campus, Des Moines, Iowa; Bryn Sutton, Hazen High School, Renton, Wash.; Sherry Vaughn, New River Valley Juvenile Detention Center, Christiansburg, Va.; Linda Voelker, Indian Woods Middle School, Overland Park, Kan.; Lori Welsh, Pleasant View Middle School, Grove City, Ohio; Mia Whitfield, Broadwater High School, Townsend, Mont.; Gene Wicks, Sault Area High School and Career Center, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.; Jonathan Winkler, Charles E. Brown Middle School, Newton Center, Mass.; Mary Wrenn, Saint Anthony School, Hawthorne, N.J.; Bonnie Wright, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte, N.C.; Junius Wright, Academic Magnet High School, North Charleston, S.C.; Julie York, South Portland High School, South Portland, Maine.

Lumina Foundation

The Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based organization, has awarded 61 grants totaling nearly $19 million to organizations working to expand college access for high school students.

The winners are listed below.

Alamo Community College District, San Antonio; Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, Albuquerque, N.M.; American Student Achievement Institute, Bloomington, Ind.; Big Brother Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Indianapolis; Breakthrough, Austin; Brookhaven College, Dallas; Broward Community College, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Coastal Bend College, Beeville, Texas; Danville Community College, Danville, Va.; Durham Technical CommunityCollege, Durham, N.C.; Education Writers Association, Washington; Educational Policy Institute, Inc., Stafford, Va.; El Paso Community College District, El Paso, Texas; The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Nelsonville, Ohio; Galveston College, Galveston, Texas; Guilford Technical Community College, Jamestown, N.C.; Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, Fla.; Horizons National Student Enrichment Program, Inc., Indianapolis; Houston Community College System, Houston; Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research & Planning, Bloomington, Ind.; Indianapolis Downtown, Inc., Indianapolis; Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington; Institute for International Education, New York City; Martin Community College, Williamston, N.C.; MDC, Chapel Hill, N.C.; MDRC, New York City; Board of Directors of Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.; Minnesota Higher Education Services Office, St. Paul, Minn.; Mountain Empire Community College, Big Stone Gap, Va.; National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Washington; National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, Washington; The National Equity Center, Owings Mills, Md.; National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education, Albuquerque, N.M.; National Rural Funders Collaborative, Dallas; New Jersey Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Lincroft, N.J.; New Mexico State University, Dona Ana Branch Community College, Las Cruces, N.M.; Orange County Bar Foundation, Inc., Irvine, Calif.; Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, Va.; Paul D. Camp Community College, Franklin, Va.; Project GRAD USA, Houston; Public Agenda Foundation, New York City; San Juan College, Farmington, N.M.; Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, N.M.; Silicon Valley Children’s Fund, San Jose, Calif.; South Texas Community College, McAllen, Texas; Southwest Texas Junior College, Uvalde, Texas; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M.; Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, New York City; Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, Fla.; Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City; Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, Tenn.; Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, Va.; University of Massachusetts–Boston, Boston; The University of New Mexico, Gallup Campus, Gallup, N.M.; Valencia Community College, Orlando, Fla.; Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, N.C.; Wisconsin Association of Student Financial Aid Administration, Sheboygan, Wis.; Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges, Inc., Milwaukee; Youth Transition Funders Group, Basehor, Kan.



Applications are due Nov. 1 for Sounds of Learning: The Impact of Music Education grants from the International Foundation for Music Research. Grants will fund projects that examine the relationship between music education and student achievement and development, and school environments, among other topics.

Contact: International Foundation for Music Research; e-mail:; Web site: All applications should be sent by email to

Applications are due Nov. 1for the Dissertation Fellowship Program from the Spencer Foundation. Doctoral candidates in any field can apply for up

to 30 available $20,000 stipends to support the completion of education-related dissertations.

Contact: The Spencer Foundation, Dissertation Fellowship Office, 875 North Michigan Ave., Suite 3930, Chicago, IL 60611-1803; (312) 274-6526; e-mail:;

Applications are due Nov. 1for grants from the Tiger Woods Foundation. Grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 are available for projects that enhance children’s learning or provide transitional programs for young adults. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for funding, but schools are not eligible.

Contact: Tiger Woods Foundation, Attn: Grants, 4281 Katella Ave., Suite 111, Los Alamitos, CA 90720; (714) 816-1806; fax: (714) 816-1869; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Nov. 4 for Mathematics Education Trust grants from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Funding is available for K-12 mathematics teachers in the areas of improving classroom practices and increasing mathematical knowledge.

Contact: NCTM’s Mathematics Education Trust, 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502; (703) 620-9840 ext. 2112; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Nov. 10 for education research fellowships from the National Academy of Education and the Spencer Foundation. Up to 20 postdoctoral stipends of $55,000 for one academic year, or $27,000 for each of two contiguous years, will support early career scholars working in education research.

Contact: The National Academy of Education; 500 Fifth Street, NW, #1049, Washington, DC 20001; (202) 334-2341; e-mail:; Web site:

Applications are due Nov. 15 for grants from the Braitmayer Foundation. Schools can apply for grants of up to $10,000 that support curricular- and school-reform initiatives, and professional- development opportunities for teachers.

Contact: Robert L. Kirkpatrick, Jr., 49 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457; (860) 638-4688; fax: (860) 638-4667; Web site:

Applications are due Nov. 18 for Arts Teachers Fellowship Program grants from the Surdna Foundation. Twenty grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded to teachers in public high schools that focus on the arts. A complimentary grant of $1,500 is available for each recipient’s school.

Contact: Kimberly Bartosik, Arts Teachers Fellowship Program, Surdna Foundation, 330 Madison Ave., 30th Floor, New York, NY 10017; (212) 557-0010 ext. 254; e-mail:; Web site:


Applications are due Nov. 1 for American Honda Foundation grants from the American Honda Motor Company Inc. K-12 schools and nonprofit educational organizations are welcome to apply for the grants, which range from $10,000 to $75,000.

Contact: American Honda Foundation, P.O. Box 2205, Torrance, CA 90509-2205; (310) 781-4090; fax: (310) 781-4270; Web site:

Applications are due Nov. 1 for Toolbox for Education grants from Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation. Grants support parent-teacher groups and community involvement in schools. One thousand grants of up to $5,000 per school are available.

Contact: Lowe’s; (800) 644-3561 ext. 208; e-mail: Apply online at


Applications are due Nov. 2 for Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers grants from the National Science Foundation. Ten grants totaling $20 million will support opportunities for K-12 teachers and students to increase their knowledge of, and experience with, information technologies. A preliminary proposal is due Nov. 2, and a full proposal is due Feb. 24, 2006.

Contact: Michael R. Haney, Program Director, ITEST Co-lead, Directorate for Education & Human Resources, Division of Elementary, Secondary, & Informal Education, National Science Foundation; (703) 292-5102; fax: (703) 292-9044; e-mail:; Web site:

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A version of this article appeared in the October 19, 2005 edition of Education Week


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