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CYPRESS FAIRBANKS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION / Cy-Fair Educational Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: We raise funds to increase college access for graduates of Cy-Fair ISD by awarding scholarships and to promote excellence in teaching by providing staff development grants to CFISD.

Results: CFEF awarded $ 447,000.00 in scholarships for the 2016 -2017 school year to 105 graduating seniors. This brings the total scholarships awarded to more than 7.5 million dollars since inception. This year we expect to award close to 500,000 in scholarships.

Target demographics: students and staff of Cy-Fair ISD

Geographic areas served: Cy-Fair Community

Programs: college scholarships and staff development.

Community Stories

53 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have received scholarship from Cy-fair educational foundation, i just wanted to thank everyone who made this scholarship possible for me. organizations such as these serve students like us, who would have otherwise choose not to attend college because of the rising cost of education.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Trustee on the CFEF Board for about 19 years now. Education is a subject I care very deeply about and working with CFEF has been a joy. Several years ago, I was asked to Chair a newly forming Student Success Committee and I was pleased to do so. As a former counselor with the Lone Star College System, student success is something very close to my heart. We match our Scholars with a Success Coach for the students'
freshman year. I have written a "Success Tips" manual we give to each student and we each week we send out a Success Tip. Sharing these tips gives our Coaches and Scholars a chance to touch base. Sometimes just having an adult in their corner--who is not their parent--means a lot. Plus we are available to answer questions, be their cheerleader, or provide what ever support is needed.
CFEF is a wonderful organization, filled with people who work tirelessly for the betterment of our graduating high school seniors. I am proud to be a member of this amazing team!

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a student with only a single mother to raise me, it was going to be near to impossible to fund my college tuition. I applied for multiple scholarships and right at the end of the school year I was granted one from CFEF. I can't thank them enough for this blessing. It will help tremendously with my tuition and take a huge burden off of my family's back. I recommend applying to this scholarship for future students because they really take the time to notice the hard work and time that you have spent during your school career. Thank you again CFEF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really appreciate this scholarship program because it has inspired me to continue my dreams. I did not receive many scholarships. Fortunately, CFEF awarded me a scholarship that helps me fund my education. I recommend every college bound student to apply to this amazing scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After applying a variety of scholarships, I was dejected by each results. Thankfully CFEF has given me a miracle. Thanks to CFEF, I am able to reduce the amount of tuition that I have to pay for the years to come during college. CFEF has made a difference in my family's finances and I encourage any student to apply for their scholarships. CFEF has taken all consideration for one's hard work in their education and they will graciously award to those who deserve the aid. CFEF came into my life as another app, they left as a legend.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Cy-Fair Education Foundation (CFEF) is a great organization that seeks out hard-working young students to help further their educational and life goals beyond high school. I was so fortunate this year to have been selected as a CFEF scholarship recipient. Personally, this scholarship will allow me to attend Texas A&M University and maintain focus on my studies while only working a minimum number of hours at a part-time job. Thank You So Much CFEF for believing in me! Michael W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After applying and being rejected from many scholarships, one feels like another statistic when applying. I felt that my chances were low when applying, but the CFEF evaluates one's conditions and picks who they think deserves it need-based. I felt immediately relieved when receiving such a wonderful scholarship. I cannot thank them more for honoring me with the award.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After working hard for 4 years and studying day and night I finally got a scholarship. I honestly thought I was not going to get the scholarship because of all the previous scholarships I applied for but the CFEF did not let my hard work go to waste. If your not getting positive results anywhere else then you should definitely give this scholarship a try.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a rigorous 4 years of putting my all into my extracurricular activities and activities, I finally feel like all my hard work is paying off. All thanks to CFEF. This organization has given me a chance to not only feel valued, but has increased my motivation so much! Thank you for everything CFEF!

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFEF Rocks!!
I applied just before graduation thinking I was too late to receive any assistance.
I got a call from Holly that really made me realize that the hard work I did in High School
did not go unnoticed. This scholarship really came at a great time and will allow me to start
focusing on what is important, my continued higher education. It is never to late!! Thanks
CFEF!!
Sam

Board Member

Rating: 5

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation and its stakeholders work tirelessly to raise money for scholarships for Cy-Fair ISD students. I have seen the impact these scholarships have had on the students and many of them are life-changing. Each year we help send many high school graduates to college who will be the first person in their family to attend college. I am honored to work with an organization which impacts the community in such a powerful way.

Logan N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFEF is an outstanding organization! I received a scholarship from them and they were beyond generous and helpful. They really do seek to help those most in need and for that I cannot thank them enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't expect to receive a scholarship from CFEF but I did and I'm very thankful for it. The process and the promptness in which they handle paper work and communication us outstanding.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never thought I would win a scholarship until CFEF made me feel like my accomplishments in high school were well deserving of one. Holly made the paperwork process so much more convenient and simple, which shows how CFEF is just trying to lend a helping hand. This organization has really motivated me to keep applying for scholarships because of the huge success I have had with CFEF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has given me an opportunity to focus on my schoolwork rather than worring about pulling together money to pay for my classes. I thoroughly thank this organization for giving me my scholarship.

Client Served

Rating: 5

CFEF made me feel like a unique individual. They are very helpful and understanding to students and provide great scholarship opportunities.

PV J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization and Salute to Our Heros since it's inaugural event. I can not say enough about the time, talent and dedication that Marie and Bethany devote to their jobs. They are an amazing pair! The Salute to Our Heros have continued to grow and get better each year. I hope to be a part of this amazing cause for the rest of my life.
Pam Johnson

Leslie53

Board Member

Rating: 5

Only being a trustee a short time, I have experienced a multitude of opportunities to see the integrity and level of professionalism the Cy-Fair Education Foundation has shown the Cy-Fair community. As a growing community we rely on many non-profits to meet the needs of many in our area. The CFEF has a pulse on the educational and scholarship needs of our district and regularly amazes me at the expertise in all of our events and projects to help the students of CFISD succeed. I am so proud to be a part of an amazing organization!
Leslie Martone

Board Member

Rating: 5

CFEF is an organization that serves its mission daily. By raising money for needy students and teacher professional development in our school district, we insure continuous education and improvement. I am truly humbled by working with such an amazing Board of Trustees who diligently provide for the neediest in our community.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am one of the newest Board Members of the CFEF and I can honestly say that my short experience has been transformative as well as rewarding. I recently retired after a 32 year career in education. Student and teacher success are my passion. This organization not only helped fulfill my need for a continued sense of purpose, it has introduced me to an entirely new world of behind the scenes CFISD supporters. My monthly interactions with business and community leaders in and even beyond the Cy-Fair area have opened my eyes to how important our district, our teachers, and our students are to the entire community. My greatest joy so far has been in reading and evaluating scholarship applications as well as actually presenting those awards at my former high school. The CFEF vision is to host community-based and participative events to raise money to provide scholarships for CFISD graduates. I look forward with great anticipation to many more years of service to the Cy-Fair Community and CFISD.

jculpepper

Board Member

Rating: 4

I've had privilege of serving as a Trustee on the foundation for 3 years. I've seen the fruit of our labor at scholarship recipient nights at many of the CFISD High Schools. My fellow trustees work tirelessly to raise funds through fundraisers in the community and spreading the good news of the foundation to others in hopes they will get involved to provide the financial means to deserving students and teachers within CFISD. I'm blessed to be a part of such a successful foundation that's been in place for 40+ years. We have much more to accomplish.