Your donation makes a big difference! We have a number of different funds to which you may contribute and make an impact on the education of children in our district. These include our educational grants, emergency assistance funding, after-school programs and other funds that are supporting and creating educational opportunities for children at Topeka Public Schools.
The TPS Foundation kicks off each school year with an employee campaign, and corporate and community giving is received throughout the year. If you are one of the staff, businesses or individuals from the community who have contributed to the Foundation, we thank you for your support!
The Foundation administers scholarships to encourage continued study in college, university, or technical school. Each scholarship has its own qualifying requirements and awards committee. If you would like more information, or if you are interested in offering a scholarship, please contact the Foundation office. You may also target gifts to help bolster one or more scholarships. Click here to donate to any of these funds.
Topeka West High School Class of 1962 Scholarship
The Topeka West High School Class of 1962 Scholarship was established in 2012 to commemorate the first graduating class of TWHS on the anniversary of their 50th high school class reunion. Please click here for the application packet.
Linda Dryer Memorial Scholarship
For TWHS and HPHS graduates. Click here for the application packet.
Christopher S. Edmonds Prize for Debate and Forensics Excellence
Scholarship for students displaying interest and proficiency in Debate and Forensics. Click here to download an application packet.
Claire Elise Fisher Inspiration Award
For TWHS graduates.
In 2009, upon the retirement of Doug Goheen, the graduates of Topeka West established a designated scholarship fund in honor of Doug Goheen and his long time collaborator and tech director at West, Mike Callaway. This scholarship coincided with the Board of the Topeka Public Schools renaming the theater at West the Douglas P. Goheen Auditorium. The Fund was created to establish a scholarship to award deserving theater students who will go on to pursue a career in the arts -- an application packet is available here.
Susan K. Rogers Scholarship for Future Teachers
Retiring from Topeka Public Schools after a long and dedicated career, Dr. Susan Rogers established a scholarship for graduating TPS students to encourage greater numbers of quality educators. Your contributions to this scholarship will help grow the support these future teachers receive. Click here for an application packet.
Bernice and Larry Robbins Scholarships
The Bernice and Larry Robbins Scholarships were established in 2012 by “LR” Robbins, a 1967 graduate of Highland Park High School, as a Robbins family legacy initially honoring Highland Park High School. Today three $1,000 scholarships are available annually to any TPS graduating minority senior. Click here to download an application packet.
Minority Leadership Academy Scholarship
The Minority Leadership Academy Program was established in 2010. The Scholarship was created by the first group of graduates of the academy. This group's goal is to inspire minority talent to pursue an education degree after high school. The hoped for program outcome is that students of color are influenced to return to TPS to work after college graduation. Click here to download an application packet.
Enriching curriculum, encouraging innovation.
The Educational Grants Program fosters creativity and rewards innovation. Great ideas and creative opportunities are set aside all too often due to a lack of funds. Every child deserves to benefit from their teacher's innovative ideas and enthusiasm.
TPSF grant-funded projects touch the lives of over 9,000 students each year. Grant requests are reviewed by an allocations panel to identify annual awardees. Funds are awarded for educators to use from November through April, with exceptions made for summer projects.
The Educational Grant program relies on your generous support. The list of grants awarded and relative information concerning the project are announced annually. Click here for the grant application.
Anderson Trust Fund
In 1998, John and Marcella Anderson established a fund designed to provide emergency grants to students of Topeka Public Schools. The Anderson Trust Fund provides students with a once-annually emergency grant to address needs as determined by the educators working directly with him or her. Unfortunately, each year the need for emergency assistance is greater than the funds available.
A number of people follow John and Marcella's example and contribute to the Anderson Trust Fund. Your gifts can help a student in need. If you are a teacher and know of a student who needs to benefit from this fund, complete and submit the linked referral application.
Partnerships and Other Initiatives
Target Distribution Center
In 2016, the organization chose select TPS schools to be recipients of the annual Day of Service activities.
In 2015, the organization gifted TPS elementary schools with school supplies. They continue to be an ongoing partnership with TPSF in 2016.
In April 2015, NOTO in partnership with the Foundation developed and supplied banners in the NOTO district.
The Kansas State Nurses Association
In 2015, provided school nurses with equipment to support student health needs.
In 2013, the organization gave the TPS Foundation a monetary award in support of the THS AVID program.
190th Air Refueling Wing Gift
In February 2008, the Topeka Public Schools Foundation was gifted with numerous school supplies for teachers and students. A special thanks to the 190th Air Refueling Wing, Kansas Air National Guard for their generous support.
Lynn & Lew Mills Young Readers Book Fund
In 2004 Mr. and Mrs. Mills established a designated fund through the Topeka Public Schools Foundation. This fund provides additional resources for book purchases at McEachron Elementary School. In 2009 a fund at Avondale East Elementary school was also established. If you would like to start a special, designated fund, please contact the Foundation office.
Parents As Teachers (PAT) Pine Ridge Project
The Foundation, in collaboration with Topeka Housing Authority and TPS Parents as Teachers, supported an outreach program designed to serve 40 families with children prenatal to age three, in the Pine Ridge Community Center. Programs available to families include personalized home visits, weekly play groups, and a book and toy lending library. Foundation dollars were expended to develop the lending library serving in excess of 100 children.
TPS Summer Music Program
An annual Foundation-sponsored Summer Music Program was initiated in 2010 and provides an opportunity for participation in band, strings and choir beyond the traditional school year. The Program is held at a TPS high school on a rotating basis in the month of June. It provides music instruction during the summer to retain and enhance skills of band and strings students who have completed grades 3-8. An additional component is an Honor Choir for students in grades 4-8 who are chosen to participate through auditions. Approximately 200 elementary and middle school students participate in the program annually. Additionally, 10 high school students participate as mentors.
Enrollment includes students from every school in the District. The program affords an opportunity for full-scale participation of every interested student without imposing a registration fee. It is felt the program strengthens the District music program.
Leave A Legacy
Honor the anniversary, birth, life and more, of someone by making a Foundation contribution in the name of a company or individual. If requested, certificates when appropriate can be sent to the individual or company to inform them of the honor.
Honor an Educator
Make a contribution in living memory or in tribute of a special occasion. Honor a friend, relative or colleague, or a TPS teacher who has made a difference to you or your children. Send a memorial contribution in recognition of a death. Your recipient will receive an attractive personalized certificate to keep and cherish the honor. The Topeka Public Schools Foundation will receive a gift that will continue educational opportunities for Topeka youth. The certificate can be delivered by us, or you can deliver it yourself and express your sentiment in person.
No finer tribute can be paid than to show sympathy for a loved one to encourage the values and perpetuate the principles you admire. Click here for the flyer and form.