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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving a scholarship from the CFEF has opened many pathways for me and has enabled me to get into college worry free. Working with the CFEF has been very enlightening because the foundation sincerely cares for the students and are truly determined to help students from different backgrounds succeed. The dedication that the members of the foundation put into helping students thrive is outstanding and for that I am sincerely thankful.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I applied for CFEF scholarship and I was lucky enough to earn a $2000 scholarship. But the financial support isn't the only thing that I received from them. They also gave me a mentor to help me transition into college and guide me to get the best out of my college education.

1 Kaitlyn C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming from a family of seven kids, money has always been extremely tight. Working hard for us wasn’t an option, it was a necessity because we needed all the help we could get. When I found out that I received a $10,000 scholarship from Cyfair Educational Foundation, I literally started crying. Even with working 3 jobs, I’d only managed $7,000 over the course of 7 months, and CFEF had granted me more than what I could’ve earned in a second. They helped me pay for my college, and they made it possible for my family to not stress so much. CFEF changes and blesses lives through their desire to help students, their genuine mentoring program, and their constant inspirational events. They’re amazing. They changed my life, and I know they will continue to change the future recipient’s lives too.

1

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!

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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.

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored to have the opportunity to give back to our community by volunteering with the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. For the last 8 years as a committee person and volunteer on the Salute to the Stars Gala, I have been raising funds and soliciting donations on behalf of CFEF. The event, while geared to celebrating the dedication of outstanding teachers on each campus of the CFISD district, has had the added benefit of raising seriously needed funds. This has powerfully affected me and my family. Knowing the growing need within our community for scholarships for students and grants for teachers, we promote the event within the community to raise awareness. As a trustee for the last year, I have served on the scholarship committee and was able to see first hand the contributions applicants have made to sustain their families and themselves. Many, working while going to school, put groceries on the table or pay utility bills. This has certainly been an eye-opener and has made my efforts even more critical. If I can help just one child succeed in stopping the cycle of poverty with the funds to support their education, my assistance has been life affirming. Again, it is my honor to be part of CFEF.

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an honor and privilege to serve as a Trustee for the CFEF, mainly due to the commitment and dedication the volunteers have for the Cypress community. With tremendous focus and vision, the CFEF continues to grow with one goal in mind; making this community a stronger place by focusing on the students of Cy-Fair ISD. The result of this dedication is evident by the number of lives this foundation impacts on a daily basis. Once again, I am honored to be part of such a great organization.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have truly enjoyed my time as a Trustee for the CFEF. The Cy-Fair community is a special one, and this foundation is often times a wonderful link between the Cy-Fair Independent School District and the amazing community we serve. I have personally witnessed more than a dozen young lives that have been positively impacted by the CFEF, and have seen first hand how these students appreciate the assistance and guidance they've received through the Foundation. Whether through Salute to the Stars, the B.F. Adams Golf Tournament, the Cypress Hoops Invitational, or the Salute to the Heroes event, the Foundation is consistently taking a leadership role in the community, and continues to demonstrate integrity and focus on achieving its goals and objectives. I'm proud to be a part of this amazing organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a trustee for the Cypress-Fairbanks Educational Foundation for a few years now. It has truly been a pleasure to serve with some of the most professional and caring people. The thing that has touched me the most is hearing the past recipients of scholarships speak about how even a small scholarship put them on the road to a higher education in which some only dreamed of. It has really been inspirational to me to hear some of these young people speak so passionately about what career choice they would like to take and why. I know that the CFEF makes a difference in the community and changes lives.

Kristina14

Donor

Rating: 5

I choose to participate in "donate to educate" through a monthly payroll deduction. It's easy and I know my money is truly making an impact on students' lives through CFEF! I have also volunteered and worked on events benefiting the foundation. I am always impressed by the focus on scholarships and children. Keep up the great work for kids in CyFair!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I recently completed grading scholarship applications submitted by high school Seniors. Cy Fair educational foundation is definitely impacting students' lives. Students who receive these scholarships often are the first in their families to attend college. This is a life-changing opportunity for these students. The Foundation also provides support and encouragement to scholarship recipients by providing a Student Success Coach who is a Board member. The Foundation awarded 97 scholarships totaling over $295,000.00 to students in 2013. Additional recipients will be awarded scholarships in May 2014.

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Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Cy Fair Educational Foundation in the 1990's. My boss had served for years as a Trustee and he continues to serve as a Trustee Emeritus of the Foundation. He strongly believes in providing educational opportunities for students. I served as an Advisory Trustee and then was invited to serve as a Trustee in 1996. Working with the Board of Trustees and participating in grading student scholarships has been a rewarding experience. It has been very encouraging to visit with local Cy-Fair businesses and to see their commitment and support of the Foundation. Our Cy-Fair community is very supportive of the fundraising events benefiting the Cy Fair Educational Foundation.

Camron N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to take a moment to thank the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation for the Schroder Scholorship I received for the 2013-2014 school year.

This scholorship allowed me the opportunity to take additional course work in both the Fall and Spring and I was even able to utlilize some of the additional funds to take a winter mini mester course.

Marie Holmes and her team were available to help me with questions regarding paperwork and deadlines and even online transcript issues. They were always pleasant and helpful realizing that I was a Freshman and this was all new to me.

I enjoyed the scholorship get together and enjoyed meeting the other recipients as well as the two advisors. Being sent a weekly email with encourgment and tips to aid me in the Freshman year, by the advisors was most helpful.

I am so grateful that I was a recipient and I only wish I was eligible to apply again for the 2014-2015 school year.

Thank you for all you did to make getting started in college a little easier for me.

Camron

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the CFEF for quite some time. They have helped a lot of kids realize the dream of attending college through their hard work and dedication to fundraising. The board runs the foundation like a business. Overhead expenses are kept as low as possible so the most money possible goes to the recipients. The board operates the foundation with integrity and honesty. This foundation is top notch.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am very happy to serve as a Trustee for the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation with the other dedicated members/professionals that make up the Board. I firmly believe that the support/investments the Foundation makes to the Teachers and Students of the CFISD to be necessary, noble and to be life changing for all the recipients. And for that reason this is a organization that I take great pleasure to be a part of. This is truly a 5 Star Organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a trustee for only 3 years, I cant tell you how rewarding it is to be a trustee. Truly making a difference in lives of our Cy-Fair ISD young adults. We have a remarkable group of people serving on this board. There are so many great events during the year to participate in. Joe Scala

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a recipient of a CFEF scholarship in 2011. They are so kind and generous, and even granted me a one year deferment on my scholarship when my academic plans changed. Their volunteering events are fun to work. I wish I had been able to be more involved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a Trustee for the Cypress Fairbanks ISD Board of Trustees for the past 8 years. Prior to that, I was a volunteer in many capacities in the school district, my wife was a teacher for almost 30 years, and all three of our sons have benefitted from the education they received in the CFISD system. CY Fair Ed Foundation has proven to be one of the most prominent members of our community. As you probably know, we do not have a municipality, so the school district is the common thread within our community, and Cy Fair Educational Foundation has been an amazing rallying point of bringing our community together, bringing focus to the educational achievements that we are known for, and supporting students and teachers with grants and scholarships that would have been inaccessible without them. I am proud that they are a major part of our very large community and an even bigger part of our Excellent Education in our beloved district ( soon to celebrate 75 years of education in this area), and this great State of Texas!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a Trustee of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation for over 15 years. The composition of the Board of Trustees is comprised of the most dedicated, hard working, and professional group of volunteers that I have found on any Board on which I have served. The mission of the Foundation provides a fundamental platform in developing the future leaders of our nation. As we all know, the education of our young people is one of the most important aspects of maintaining the leadership position of the United States among the World powers.

It is rewarding to see the number of previous recipients of our scholarships that are returning to the Cy-Fair area and are contributing their time, talents, and treasures to our community.

It is a distinct honor to serve as a Trustee of this fantastic organization.