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Topeka Public Schools Foundation

Celebrating its 25th year, the purpose of Topeka Public Schools Foundation (previously known as Topeka School Fund or TSF) is to foster community support for educational projects, grants, and scholarships. Simply stated it is in place to raise private dollars to support TPS initiatives beyond the budget constraints of the legislative financial allocation. Its mission is to assist in providing maximum public school education opportunities through engagement of the community and development of partnerships.

Established in 1986, the Topeka Public Schools Foundation is a not-for-profit organization started by Superintendent Marvin Edwards and a group of visionary citizens headed by Emery Fager of Commerce Bank and Trust, now known as CoreFirst. TPS Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board which consists of community leaders, educators, and parents and an Executive Director. TPS also supports the Foundation by providing office space.


Thanks to you, Topeka Public Schools Foundation has been giving back to the students of Topeka for more than 25 years. If you, your family, or your business have benefited from public education in Topeka, and you're not a regular donor, consider giving back to the community by contributing to one of the following TPSF efforts:

  1. Anderson Trust: providing one-time emergency assistance to students in need of school supplies, medical assistance (purchase glasses, visit to dentist etc) or clothing.
  2. HPHS Student trip to Eidenburgh Art Festival:  help send a Highland Park HS theater student representing Kansas to perform in Scotland
  3. Establish or support an existing Foundation Scholarship: make higher education a higher calling and help a student to college. No amount to small.

Your gift is part of a bigger committment to the community at large. Find out more about #GivingTuesday.


If you are interested in contributing, please complete contact the TPS Foundation office at 785/295-3018.

  • Nearly 100 percent of your gift is spent on programming.
  • We are a non-profit organization.
  • Most contributions are tax deductible.

Apply for a Tidwell Educational Grant

To apply for an educational grant, please download this form, and follow the directions provided to complete your application.