The Enid Public School Foundation, founded in 1988, is a nonprofit corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. It is a broadly based community organization which secures contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and other entities for the benefit of the students in the Enid Public School district of Oklahoma.
Enid's youth deserve an exceptional advantage as they prepare themselves to compete in an ever changing and more complex world. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting quality education and expanding opportunities for students.
Building an endowment was an important goal for the early Foundation trustees. Great strides were made in this area with the implementation of Signature Grants. Signature Grants are gifts of $10,000 or more earmarked for building the Foundation endowment. Another important step forward came in the form of the Don Westfal Memorial Matching Grant of $185,000. The Foundation had two years to raise the money to receive the match. Completion of this goal raised the endowment to nearly $600,000. Income from the endowment allows the Enid Public School Foundation to fund approximately $30,000 annually in teacher grants.
Funding innovative classroom activities has been a primary goal of the Foundation since its inception. The Grants to Teachers Program was instituted to enable the Foundation to achieve this goal. Grants are accepted in the fall and spring of each school year. An anonymous committee of Enid citizens selects the best of the many grant requests received. The Foundation has increased the amount of funding over time due to endowment growth and currently awards about $30,000 to classrooms each year. We know that in every classroom in Enid there are students with great minds and hearts and spirits. Our goal is to touch each one of them.
The 'E'vent is held in the spring on the grounds of the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. A perfect evening of family fun and food, the 'E'vent celebrates Enid Public School student talent and benefits the Enid Public School Foundation. Enid bands, orchestras and choral groups perform. Businesses donate food while teachers and a host of volunteers serve 'E'vent goers a picnic dinner.
The inaugural Hall of Fame Banquet was held in 2001 to celebrate the excellence of Enid Public Schools by inducting Enid Alums or prominent supporters of Enid Public Schools into the Hall of Fame. Individuals were chosen based on their contribution to their community, their professions, or the Enid Public School system. Plaques displayed at Enid High School enable current students to see and read about these remarkable individuals and their contributions.
In 2014 the Education Celebration replaced the Hall of Fame Banquet. This event honors the amazing Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year Finalists who are selected by their peers. The district Teacher of the Year and Support Professional of the Year are announced at the event.
In 2005 the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce approached the Enid Public School Foundation concerning managing a scholarship fund for teachers pursuing a masters degree at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Enid. Five $600 scholarships were funded for three years by annual $1000 donations from the Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Great Lakes Carbon, and Advance Foods. In 2008 the Enid Public School Foundation took over funding of the scholarships. Since the inception of the Teacher Scholarship Program, many teachers have completed advanced degrees.
Beginning in 2006, the Foundation worked to assist Enid Public Schools and place a SMART Board in every classroom in the district. The Foundation secured funding from The Cherokee Strip Community Foundation, James E. and Mary M. Barnes Foundation, numerous community donations and matching funds from individual schools and PTA-PTSA's to purchase 90 SMART Boards. Enid Public School district purchased SMART Boards with funds from bond issues as well. In 2011 the Foundation announced the 100% SMART Campaign to raise funds to place the last SMART Boards in classrooms.
After bond funds allowed the construction of the University Center on the Enid High Campus, the Foundation again partnered with Enid Public Schools to determine how to help ensure that economically disadvantaged students could gain college credit while attending the University Center. Students are able to take coursework and receive college credits while remaining on campus, however, they are required to pay fees and in some instances, tuition. This campaign was underway when the Ray Davis Family Trust stepped in to establish the Vicki and Kevin Davis Scholarship Program in honor of Ray Davis’ late children, both Enid High graduates. The program began in the fall of 2013 and Mr. Davis completed his $314,000 pledge in 2015. This scholarship program enables students to take coursework and receive college credit for free while at Enid High, with the aim of making a college degree more affordable and encouraging these students to continue their education after high school graduation.