The Abilene Education Foundation offers programs to enrich education in the Abilene Independent School District.
AEF College Scholarships reward deserving students of AISD with funds to assist in making the transition from high school to college as seamless as possible, while helping to minimize students’ post-graduation debt.
COOL (College Offers Opportunities for Life) places four full-time college advisors on the AISD high school campuses in order to assist students who are the first in their families to attend college. Services include assistance with registering for the SAT/ACT, completing applications for college admission, financial aid, and scholarships, taking students on college tours, and conducting educational outreach for elementary and middle school students.
The Judy Dudley Memorial GIFT (Giving to First-time Teachers) award AISD teachers who are new to the profession with funds to purchase classroom materials and supplies, supplementary those provided by the school district.
STAR (Supporting Teachers with Academic Resources) grants are awarded in September of each year, fund classroom projects that support curriculum and enrichment activities. STAR Grants are used for an array of classroom purposes, from flexible seating to iPads to science laboratory skeletons. Over the course of the past nine cycles, AEF has given over $400,000 in total grants to hard-working, well-deserved 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.