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.

Funding

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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A huge thank you to SFE - Southwest Foodservice Excellence - for once again donating funds for a $5000 scholarship! SFE, we appreciate your continued support and your dedication to the Dysart community.

This scholarship and many others are now available on the DEF website, http://defweb.org .
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Thanks to a $15,000 donation from the Arizona Lottery, three Dysart students will be awarded $5000 scholarships this year, one who Is pursuing the arts, one in science and one in education! Thanks so much, Arizona Lottery! Dysart seniors can now apply for these and many other scholarship opportunities on the Dysart Education Foundation website: http://defweb.org/scholarships/ ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Dysart Education Foundation

DEF was represented at the DHS Alumni Group's monthly breakfast this morning at the Black Bear Diner. In addition to experiencing the camaraderie of the overflow crowd, it was great to hear their plans for raising scholarship funds for deserving 2019 DHS graduates. The DHS Alumni group has raised over $60,000 for scholarships in two years, and their goal for this year is $50,000! DEF Scholarship applications, including those for DHS, are now available for all Dysart seniors on our website: http://defweb.org ... See MoreSee Less

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2018-2019 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird

President

Quinn Kellis

Superintendent/Director

Teresa Heatherly

Director

Sarah Fakhoury

Director

Bill Pupo

Vice-President

Donya Davis-Seay

Director

Fran Sperling

Director

Michelle Benham

Secretary

Kristi Richards

Director

Holly Bowen

Director

Monica Dorcey

Treasurer

Ken Hicks

Director

Jodi Tas

Director

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!