Giving Opportunities

  • 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.

    Annual Campaign

    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 Topeka Public Schools 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 TPS Foundation office at (785) 295-3018. You may also target gifts to help bolster one or more scholarships. To donate to any of the below scholarships please click here.

    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.

                             TWHS Class of 1962 Scholarship Recipients

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    Elizabeth Freeman                                     Charmaine Kiamco

    Linda Dryer Memorial Scholarship

    For TWHS, HPHS and THS graduates intersted in majoring in elementary or secondary education. Click here to download 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. 

    Goheen-Callaway Scholarship

    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 Topeka West, Mike Callaway. This scholarship coincided with the board of the Topeka Public Schools renaming the theater at Topeka 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. Click here, to download the application.

    Elizabeth Freeman 
    Goheen-Callaway Scholarahip Recipient

    Roger Dirks and Cindy Capellari Future Minority Teacher Scholarship

    A scholarship for Topeka Public Schools graduates interested in majoring in elementary or secondary education. Click here for the application packet.

    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 will receive. Click here for an application packet. 

    Adriana Mead
    Dr. Susan K. Rogers Scholarship Recipient

    Bernice and Larry Robbins Scholarships

    The Bernice and Larry Robbins Scholarships were established in 2012 by Larry “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. 

    Derek Martinez-Renaga
    Bernice and Larry Robbins Scholarship Recipient

    Drs. Stanley and Tiffany Anderson Scholarship

    Stanley Anderson, M.D. and Tiffany Anderson Ed D., TPS Superintendent created the Stanley & Tiffany Anderson scholarship.This scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a Topeka Public Schools graduating senior(s) with a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA enrolling in college or who will enroll in college within six months of graduation to further their education with an emphasis on degree completion. 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 hope for program outcome is that minority students are influenced to return to Topeka Public Schools to work after college graduation. Click here to download an application packet. 

    2018 Highlander HPHS Scholarship

    A national television network in concert with developing a televised documentary of Highland Park High School called "Undercover High" donated TPSF funds to provide scholarships and support HPHS students. This fund will be open-ended and any donor(s) may make additional contributions to the principal balance at any time in the future. 
    Award(s) from this fund shall be made to:
    1. Any qualified graduating student(s) from Highland Park High School (see application for specific qualifications). 
    2. Prior to post-secondary graduation, student(s) agrees to provide 30 hours of service to Topeka Public Schools. Service type(s) & location(s) will be approved by the TPS Superintendent or Superintendent designee.

    Click here to download the application.

    Kathy Reynaga-Martinez 
    2018 Highlander HPHS Scholarship Recipient

    Educational Grants

    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 funding. Every child deserves to benefit from their teacher's innovative ideas and enthusiasm.

    Topeka Public Schools Foundation 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 in Topeka Public Schools. The Anderson Trust Fund provides students with an annual 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.

    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 Target Distribution Center chose Topeka Public Schools to be recipients of the annual Day of Service activities.

    Advisors Excel

    In 2015, Advisors Excel gifted Topeka Public Schools elementary schools with school supplies. They continue to be a generous partner every year. 

    NOTO Arts Center

    In April 2015, NOTO Arts Center in partnership with the Topeka Public Schools Foundation developed and supplied banners in the NOTO district.

    The Kansas State Nurses Association

    In 2015, The Kansas State Nurses Association provided school nurses with equipment to support student health needs.


    In 2013, AT&T gave the Topeka Public Schools Foundation a monetary award in support of the Topeka High School AVID program.

    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 TPS Foundation office at (785) 295-3018.

    Parents As Teachers (PAT) Pine Ridge Project

    The Topeka Public Schools 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 living in the Pine Ridge Community Center. Programs available to families include personalized home visits, weekly play groups and a book and toy lending library. TPS Foundation dollars were expended to develop the lending library serving in over 100 children.

    TPS Summer Music Program

    An annual Topeka Public Schools Foundation-sponsored Summer Music Program was initiated in 2010. It 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 for third through eighth grade students. An additional component is an Honor Choir for fourth through eighth grade students, 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. The TPS Summer Music Program helps strengthen the district's music program. 

    Leave A Legacy

    Honor the anniversary, birth, life and more of someone by making a Topeka Public Schools 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, colleague or a Topeka Public Schools 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.


    Walk of Honor

    The Topeka Public Schools Foundation is proud to announce the newest project to benefit the students of Topeka Public Schools. The Walk of Honor, located at the main entrance to Burnett Administrative Center, allows you the opportunity to purchase a brick in honor of an individual, organziation or school of your choice! For more information and to purchase your brick, click here.