We look for grant requests that encourage high-quality academic performance, give students hands-on experiences, and promote interest in learning. Requests are considered by the grants committee via a process that is thorough but not complicated or time-consuming, so we can respond quickly to requests.
The best applications state what you want, why you want it, how it benefits students, how it ties into outcomes, and what standards it supports, if any. Less successful applications simply state what is wanted without explanation or backup. By way of background, we use each grant request to generate more donations to the foundation, so make it easy for us to say yes: tug on our heartstrings and imagine that you're making an emotional appeal to the public for help in 2-4 sentences. "I need books," is not compelling; "I need books that accurately represent the diversity of my classroom, so students can see themselves in the characters they read about," is more compelling.
Student Citizenship Awards
Up to two $500 awards may be given to students at each SCUSD high school to recognize students who have shown excellent leadership, school involvement, and other characteristics that demonstrate exceptional citizenship while in school. A teacher, administrator, or parent group officer nominates.