The Abilene Education Foundation offers programs to enrich education in the Abilene Independent School District.
AEF College Scholarships strive to reward deserving students of AISD with scholarships in an effort to make the transition from high school to college as seamless as possible and to avoid huge post-graduation debt.
ACT (Achievement, Creativity and Technology) Grants respond to requests from AISD educators and non-profits for the purpose of improving achievement or rewarding academic achievement related to the education of AISD students. These grants are awarded in three cycles during the school year.
COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) program places four full-time college advisors in Abilene ISD schools to assist students who are first in their families to attend college with financial aid, college applications, scholarships, college tours and college educational outreach to elementary and middle school students.
The Judy Dudley Memorial GIFT (Giving to First-time Teachers) Grant is awarded to AISD employees who are teaching for the first time. Grant funds are for additional classroom materials to enhance those provided by the school district.
STAR (Supporting Teachers with Academic Resources) Grants are awarded in September of each year for classroom projects that support curriculum and enrichment activities. STAR Grants are used for a variety of classroom purposes from iPads to science laboratory skeletons. Over the course of the past nine cycles, AEF has given over $400,000 in total grants to deserving and hard-working teachers.
TLC (Teachers in the Limelight Celebration) honors the dedicated work of teachers in AISD with campus recognition, a formal dinner and a monetary award. A TLC teacher possesses integrity and a love for teaching that spills into the classroom.
Young Masters Juried Art Exhibition provides an annual juried art exhibition at the Grace Museum for Advanced Placement Studio Art students to recognize and encourage outstanding artistic expression with a quality museum exhibition.