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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Jennifer Lance, DEF Scholarship recipient, sent us an update as she prepares for the fall semester:

“This past semester, I had the opportunity to intern for my BIO181 instructor, Jarod Raithel. To quickly explain it, I was able to take care of the animals that call our lab their home (snakes, tarantula, mice, chameleon, tortoise, fish). My main task, however, had to do with the burrowing owls that took residence on our campus. This included helping to build their artificial burrows, documenting weekly observations, and presenting at Maricopa's Student Research Conference (where I won third place!). This internship taught me so much about myself and helped to reaffirm my passions. It reminded me of my passion for the environment and everything that lives on this planet, and helped me see what I really wanted to do with my future. It's why I'm on the path towards becoming a paralegal. After I get my certificate I can get right into the field and really start saving up the money to afford to get a bachelor's in Ecology, where I can then truly follow my dreams of working for the environment.”

The picture was taken during a class trip to the Desert Botanical Garden, inside the butterfly exhibit.

Best wishes, Jennifer, for another great semester!
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2 months ago

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Ella Kinnersley of Valley Vista High School was honored with a celebration from Google, to congratulate her on being selected as a State Winner for the Doodle for Google contest. She is in the running to be a National Finalist, and needs your vote to get there! Head here https://doodles.google.com/d4g/, and select the “Grades 8-9” category to vote for her submission titled, “Sloths are Neato”. Voting ends this Friday, June 7th. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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A big THANK YOU! to the Dysart Education Association for their recent $1000 DEF donation to commemorate Teacher Appreciation Week. Some of Dysart's DEA members are shown below advocating for Arizona school employees at the State Capitol. ... See MoreSee Less

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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!