Carmel Education Foundation celebrates 50 years

Stephanie McDonald, left, and Barb Danquist are co-executive directors of the Carmel Education Foundation. (Submitted photo)

Stephanie McDonald, left, and Barb Danquist are co-executive directors of the Carmel Education Foundation. (Submitted photo)

By Anna Skinner

In 1966, the Carmel Education Foundation was established to provide scholarships to students. Now, 50 years later, the foundation still gives 85 scholarships each year, but its main focus has grown to teacher grants.

“We house 85 scholarships, and $100,000 (worth of scholarships) is given to 85 recipients,” Co-Executive Director Stephanie McDonald said. “We do not raise money for scholarships. They are endowed or passed through. For example, we had a student who lost his life, and his family wanted to start a scholarship to honor him. Most of our scholarships are memorials or in honor of someone.”

Now, all fundraisers through the CEF go toward grants for teachers to enrich classrooms. The Ghosts and Goblins Run/Walk, the National Honor Society telethon and the musical showcase are the foundation’s largest fundraisers.

At each fundraiser, Ghosts and Goblins this year and the telethon and musical showcase in 2017, something to celebrate 50 years will be featured, although MacDonald said nothing has been determined yet.

“Obviously, the school system in Carmel is the crux of the foundation of Carmel,” she said. “Many people move to Carmel because of its school system. We partner with Carmel Clay Schools to help augment the classroom learning experiences.”

The foundation expects to give approximately $50,000 in grants this year.

“Because we’ve been here 50 years, we are the oldest (foundation) in the state of Indiana, and one of the things we pride ourselves on is to continue to enhance the education of the Carmel Clay Schools students,” McDonald said. “We are there to provide the grants and assistance to our schools and individual teachers thus that they can pass on to their students by adding additional learning experiences, enhancing what they have or have used in the past.”

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