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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Thanks to Dysart employees, $6,537.00 was designated to DEF via the 2018 United Way Campaign. El Mirage Elementary won a $500 food certificate donated by Southwest Foodservice Excellence (SFE) by achieving the greatest percent growth in donors from the previous year. Tammy Neese, El Mirage School United Way rep, is shown below accepting the certificate. Also pictured are Rick Haney, El Mirage Assistant Principal, Stephanie Scott, El Mirage Principal, Paul Stanley, SFE, and Monica Dorcey, DEF Treasurer.

"All of us at the Dysart Education Foundation Board want to extend our deep gratitude to all the teachers and staff of DUSD for their generosity with this year's United Way campaign commitments," said Monica Dorsey. "There is no better way to give back to the students and teachers of the Dysart District than these donations, as every dollar is used for scholarships or mini-grants to the teachers for special classroom projects."
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Vanessa Meza Martinez is working toward her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology at Estrella Mountain Community College. From Vanessa:

"I am currently a full time medical assistant at a family practice clinic. I am only working at the clinic and going to night school as of right now. I go to the gym in the mornings and then work and then to class at night and on Saturday as well.

I have learned that I personally can do anything I set my mind to and I am stronger than I seem. This last semester was not as hard as I was expecting but I got through it while working 40 or more hours during the week. I also had about a month where I almost gave up because I lost one of my closest friends and my volleyball coach from 8th grade, which was very hard on me. It made me lose my motivation because I was so angry and upset with the world but I got through it and pushed through the last few weeks of the semester.

I would just like to inform my scholarship sponsors that I am doing anything and everything to get where I want to be. Some people out there were not as lucky as me to live to be my age and some are not getting my same opportunities so I will not take my opportunity for granted. Thank you once again for helping me with my school expenses. Thanks to you guys, I am able to save for a new car and help my parents with bills so that they do not have to stress so much. I am and will always be very thankful."

Thanks also from DEF to the DHS Alumni who help so many deserving students achieve their dreams. And congratulations to Vanessa, you are doing great!
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Sommer Yousif, our 2018 Grand Opportunity Scholarship winner, is attending Estrella Mountain Community College and plans to become a Dental Hygienist.

Sommer previously took cosmetology classes so she can work while attending college. She currently works at Fantastic Sams Cut and Color Salon while also carrying a full load of classes.

From Sommer: "I learned that I am someone that always needs to get the job done and get it done on time. I am a hard worker, and I can’t wait till I finally start my career."

Thank you to the very kind anonymous couple in our community who annually sponsor the Grand Opportunity Scholarship. This $5000, two year scholarship provides funding for students who plan to attend a local community college. Scholarship applications are available until mid-March for 2019 Dysart graduates at http://defweb.org/scholarships/
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2018-2019 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird


Quinn Kellis


Teresa Heatherly


Sarah Fakhoury


Bill Pupo


Donya Davis-Seay


Fran Sperling


Michelle Benham


Kristi Richards


Holly Bowen


Monica Dorcey


Ken Hicks


Jodi Tas


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!