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 2013, DEF raised approximately $6000 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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Dysart Education Foundation is looking for 2018 scholarship sponsors to assist deserving DUSD students with college expenses. Sponsors can design their scholarship, will present the award at a special dinner, and will receive updates and pictures as the student experiences college life. http://defweb.org ... See MoreSee Less

DEF Scholarship Drive

November 30, 2017, 12:00pm - November 30, 2017, 3:00pm

Dysart Education Foundation is looking for 2018 scholarship sponsors to assist deserving DUSD students with college expenses. Sponsors can design their scholarship, will present the award at a specia...

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From Madeline Muller, SFE - Southwest Food Services 2017 Scholarship Recipient:

"I am currently having a great semester at NAU, with A's in all of my classes and labs. I am a member of the American Medical Student Association club on campus, and working in Target selling phones for a company called MarketSource. I recently had an interview for a position as a Math Coach on campus, so hopefully I will be working with the Mathematics Department next semester. I have been exploring the incredible shops, restaurants, and hiking trails that Flagstaff and Sedona have to offer. I am very appreciative to both the Dysart Education Foundation and Southwest Food Services for the scholarship that helps to give me the opportunity to explore and enjoy Northern Arizona and the University!

Here is a photo of me finishing up some chemistry homework before Thanksgiving break. The second photo is my favorite spot to study on the fifth floor of the Science and Health building.

Thank you again for the support, I appreciate it greatly!"
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2017-2018 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird


Donya Davis-Seay


Jack Eaton


Bill Pupo


Roy Delgado


Kristi Richards


Michelle Benham


Kristie Martorelli


Monica Dorcey


Carmen Agostinelli


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!