Dysart Education Foundation

DEF is composed of volunteers who are passionate about supporting education in our community.  We are a nonprofit organization committed to raising funds for the purpose of enriching student learning in the Dysart Unified School District and supporting continued education for high school graduates.

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Dysart Education Foundation (DEF) was established in 1985 by employees and community members of the Dysart Unified School District. The Dysart Education Foundation was established for the purpose of raising, receiving, and disbursing funds to enrich the education and activities of students, teachers, and staff in the Dysart Unified School District. DEF is completely run by volunteers which ensures that every donation goes directly to funding scholarships and grants. Our board is comprised of retired teachers, professors, administrators, community leaders, and parents. DEF cares about our community and is dedicated to supporting our future leaders through education!

Are you passionate about supporting student education?  Do you have time, skills, or community connections that you’d like to use to help further the mission of the Dysart Education Foundation?  If so, please contact us today at general@defweb.org to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

Currently the Dysart Education Foundation supports students through providing scholarships that high school graduates from the Dysart Unified School District can use toward higher education tuition costs.  Also, each year teachers are selected through a competitive grant process to receive mini-grants for innovative classroom learning activities.  Programs like this can only be sustained through the generous contributions of the community we serve.


Individual and Business Donations

The Dysart Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization and, as such, donations to the organization may be tax deductible. The Foundation relies on contributions from the Dysart community for its funding and volunteer assistance.

United Way Campaign

United Way donations can be designated specifically for the Dysart Education Foundation. In 2017, DEF raised approximately $5000 through the United Way.

Golf Tournament

The Dysart Education Foundation has raised funds in the past with an annual Golf Tournament. The date of a future golf tournament has not been determined.

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ASU graduate and former DEF Scholarship recipient Sarah Fakhoury did an excellent job as the guest speaker at the DUSD United Way Campaign Kickoff. Donors to the United Way can specify that their funds be directed to the Dysart Education Foundation. ... See MoreSee Less

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DEF is happy to report on another successful scholarship recipient: "My name is Cristal Vega and this is my sophomore year at Estrella Mountain and I am one class away from applying to the nursing program. I could say it’s been one big roller coaster full of ups and downs but it has all been worth it. I am one step closer to becoming a registered nurse and I couldn’t be more excited! I would like to thank the Dysart Education Foundation for the financial support, it is greatly appreciated and has helped a lot! I am extremely looking forward to the years to come!" Thank you to the DHS Alumni Group for this and so many other scholarships that assist DHS students! ... See MoreSee Less

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Jennifer Mendez is attending college with the help of a two year, $5000 Grand Opportunity scholarship, sponsored by an anonymous local couple who appreciate the value of a higher education. Here's what Jennifer writes: "This year I am a sophomore at Estrella Mountain Community College which means I am closer to getting my associates in arts. I love the campus, the students and professors which makes it such an excitement to start my career here. I started the semester with an easy start but it will get more challenging as time passes by. It is such a relief not having to worry about tuition because of the financial support I have received. With that being said I would like to thank the sponsors of the Grand Opportunity Scholarship for being such a great resource and help for my education." ... See MoreSee Less

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2018-2019 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird


Donya Davis-Seay


Teresa Heatherly


Bill Pupo


Kristi Richards


Holly Bowen


Michelle Benham


Ken Hicks


Jodi Tas


Monica Dorcey


Fran Sperling


Contribute to Our Mission

Large or small, your tax-deductible contribution to the Dysart Education Foundation directly affects the quality education programs. Make a donation using Paypal. A donation verification letter will be sent to the address you enter when making your donation. This letter may take up to 30 days to arrive. If you leave an email address we can email you the letter.

If choosing to donate by mail, please make sure to include all the following information when you send in your donation…

  • Your name
  • Your address, city, state and zip
  • Your phone number
  • Your tax-deductible contribution amount

Please mail to:

Dysart Education Foundation
P.O. Box 1898
Surprise, Arizona 85378-1898

Thank you for your contribution!

Contact Us

For more information, please contact the members of the Dysart Education Foundation Board using the link above.  Thank you!