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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Madeline Morrow, 2016 WCHS graduate is now in her senior year at the U of A studying Biochemistry and minoring in French. From Madeline, shown here with her parents:

"I am currently in the transition of seeking a new volunteering opportunity. My most recent volunteer experience has been with the summer camp I had the chance to lead. BlastOff is hosted by the UA Biochemistry club and is a week-long STEM camp for middle schoolers. As a group, we enjoyed field trips to different labs around campus and performed various experiments pertaining to chemistry, biology, physics, and neuroscience. It was a wonderful experience and I am excited for what this school year holds in terms of volunteering with the UA Biochemistry Club at middle school science nights. I am hoping to boost the number of events we volunteer at with being the incoming President of the club.

It seems that with each passing semester, challenges and opportunities continue to arise and I am grateful for each one that comes my way. Junior year was certainly my most difficult year of college, and it tested me in a lot of different ways. At this point in time, it has introduced me to other fields I may consider entering. My research has been a huge influence to the change as I have grown as a researcher and my curiosity of the world around me has expanded. Thankfully, I will be taking an extra semester at the UA before graduating and moving on to finish my French degree, and this gives me a bit more time to continue exploring what I want to do with my life. I have always been goal-oriented and had a clear plan on what I wished to accomplish. It has been quite the summer, seeing new doorways open and others close, but I am excited for this new period of self-discovery."

DEF is excited for you as well, Madeline! Best wishes for an awesome senior year!
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2016 SRHS graduate and DEF Scholarship recipient Samantha Morrison is at NAU and majoring in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Computer Science and Math. From Samantha:

"The past semester I learned that I am capable of overcoming high stress and high pressure situations. I had a very high workload week after week and still managed to have a very successful semester as well as an increasingly proficient work-life balance.

Thank you, the Foundation, and the donors again for this scholarship that has helped so much in making my educational aspirations a reality!"

Samantha, we're anticipating more successes from you as you get closer to graduation. Best wishes!
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Patricia Reyes Perez, a 2017 DEF Scholarship recipient, is currently a junior attending Northern Arizona University majoring in Speech Language Pathology with a minor in Psychological Sciences. Aside from her studies, Patricia spends her time volunteering with the NAU Kayettes where she has completed 40+ hours of community service. She is excited to continue her college career and to continue to grow as a student and person as well.

Best wishes to Patricia for another great semester!

DEF has opportunities for Named Scholarships for businesses as well as individuals. Check out the Dysart Education Foundation website or contact scholarships@defweb.org for more information.
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2019-2020 Dysart Education Foundation Board Members

Billie Laird


Quinn Kellis


Teresa Heatherly


Kristi Richards


Donya Davis-Seay


Fran Sperling


Michelle Benham


Bill Pupo


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!