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Irving Schools Foundation

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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: The Irving Schools Foundation provides financial resources to maximize educational opportunities for teachers and students in Irving ISD by funding innovative programs, scholarships, and activities that enhance creativity, leadership, and academic success.

Target demographics: the 35,000 students in the Irving ISD area

Direct beneficiaries per year: 35,000 students

Geographic areas served: Irving, Texas

Programs: funding for innovative classroom activities, equipment and resources that maximize educational opportunities, and we provide scholarships to high school seniors

Community Stories

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation hosted an extraordinary and fantastic event for the young scholars. When I stepped foot into the building, I felt like a celebrity. It felt as though I was someone of importance and that really made me jump for joy. At many times, aspring students are not recognized for their hard work. ISF changed that and made all of its scholars feel special and welcome. Overall, it was a great and fun experience that I will remember for years to come.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Irving ISD school counselor that could not be more grateful for ISF. Thanks to the Irving Schools Foundation, I have been able to provide school supplies, school uniforms, and weekend food bags to students in need. Because of ISF, students do not have to worry whether those basic needs will be met; they can come to school and simply learn. I have heard from families what a huge relief the assistance has been. Thank you for helping us to support these students and families!

Kyle B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation does a wonderful job caring for, resourcing, feeding, and other things like this for those in need in the city of Irving. In my context, I see many teenagers who are in need in the city, and Irving Schools Foundation gives so many opportunities to take care of the community. They truly are doing important work to serve the city of Irving!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been collaborating with this foundation for two years, we carry out food collection among all the associates of the company and the results are always very positive. We are a company with a very unique and different culture, we firmly believe in the value of volunteer work and we love partnering with foundations in our area.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) is an organization that truly gives back to students and staff. I was especially impressed by the way ISF responded from the time schools closed because of the pandemic to this very day.
To begin, ISF has provided over $12,000 worth of gift cards for our families to be able to purchase groceries. In addition, ISF has provided over 700 drawstring bags with school supplies for our students to begin the year. They have also provided uniforms for our students in need, classroom supplies for our teachers, a backpack, with school supplies, give-a-way, scholarships for graduating seniors, scholarships for teachers to further their education, grants for classroom projects, grants for teachers to attend seminar and conferences, and a Christmas event for some of our families in need. In reality, anything that our students need to be successful, we know that we can reach out to the Irving Schools Foundation and they will do everything that they possibly can to acquire what is needed.
I keep repeating the story of a mother who cried when I told her that she would receive one of the gift cards provided by ISF. In tears she blessed us because she said that she only had three canned goods left and she was trying to figure out how to ration those cans knowing that her children were hungry.
We are truly blessed to have the Irving Schools Foundation in our district. I don't know what our families would have done since the pandemic began if they wouldn't have had the support from ISF. I donate to the Irving Schools Foundation because I believe in them and I know that they give it back to the community. I wish more people knew about this wonderful foundation, and the marvelous work they are doing, and become an ISF donor.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a counselor in a high school setting. Two weeks ago a teen boy told his Zoom teacher he had little food to eat the previous week at home. As soon as the teacher referred this case, I immediately contacted the rep from Irving Schools Foundation. She met me and delivered 2 bags of groceries for this family. I have seen high school students cry when you offerred them free food or a gift card for the family to buy food. ISF is a hands on caring agency on the front lines of serving youth in our city. All we have to do is ask, and Irving Schools Foundation meets the need!

1 Isaac K.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank the Irving schools foundation for giving the opportunity for this scholarship. I couldn't have done what I did without them and this generous scholarship that I will happily receive based on the hard work and dedication I put in everyday at school.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I want to give a huge thank you to the Irving Schools Foundation because through this organization I was able to receive the Farine Elementary Scholarship. This scholarship will help me further my education and eventually earn my bachelor’s degree in Nursing. #Classof2020

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am grateful to have received the Robyn Noneman Memorial Scholarship through the Irving School Foundation Scholarships. I feel blessed and very rewarded for all of my hard work and dedication. This is only the beginning of many accomplishments. Nursing degree here I come! #Classof2020

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was very blessed to receive a scholarship from the ISF specifically the Noonday Lions Club! It felt good to receive this award as I know my hard work and community service payed off . I love this organization and am very thankful for this opportunity. With this scholarship I will be attending LSU and majoring in Animal Science. Thank you for recognizing all of my hard work and potential!

- Your future Dallas Zoo Vet!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I heard abut the Irving School Foundation I knew that I wanted to participate in this because this was an opportunity of a life time. I am a student athlete and I need this scholarship to help me with my schooling and I'm so exited ad blessed to have received this so I can continue as student athlete at Southwester Oklahoma State University and becoming a pediatric nurse.

Client Served

Rating: 2

This program is very useful for students starting their careers. Gives plenty of opportunities to students to earn scholarships to help them pay tuition and other expenses but lately it’s been lacking something very important that is communication. When time to claim scholarship we are given 3 weeks prior our due date but when I give them 5 weeks in advance my emails get ignored. It’s a little difficult to try to communicate my request if staff isn’t organized or doing their job on helping students. Just encourage this program to have better service for our future scholarship recipients. I expect better for now on

1 Jaquelina R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Irving school foundation was a blessing to me. I was able to start of college smoothly. Thank you so much!

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5

Client Served

Rating: 5

They've helped me get closer to my dream! THANK YOU

1 Cheryl167

Donor

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation meets the needs of all of the district. Scholarships for students. They have the innovated Spark Tank. Grants for teachers, paraprofessionals, food service and even those who want to further their knowledge in maintenance. They have created a store to enable teachers to get supplies and uniforms for students that need assistance. Not only that but meet the needs of food insecurity over the weekend and holidays. They grow with the needs of the district and make a true difference!

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5

Donor

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is a blessing to the schools, students, teachers and community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation is a fantastic non- profit organization that truly made my transition to college easier. Thank You so much for the scholarship !

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is truly a great a source for teachers and students in Irving ISD. As a scholarship recipient, I'll be able to step into college with one less worry. Seeing my fellow class mates at Breakfast with the Stars was an amazing experience that showed me that my hard work had payed off. I highly recommend applying to their scholarships if you are a part of the Irving ISD generations to come. You'll be able to create a great network of other students, teachers, and the great people in our city.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been a joy partnering with the Irving Schools Foundation; their commitment to serving our students and meeting their needs is fantastic!

Donor

Rating: 5

A lot of people from my campus here in IrvingISD have great testimonials about how the organization has helped them, their children that attend IrvingISD, and students in IrvingISD.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a teacher, I see the hope that these students have when they receive a scholarship. As a parent of two Irving Schools Foundation recipients, I saw what this scholarship meant to their college finances.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a teacher in Irving ISD, I have seen first-hand how the Irving Schools Foundation Scholarship program has helped many first-generation college students reach their college goals. The thousands of dollars awarded each year to these hard-working students from ISF makes all the difference. For this reason, I always donate during the annual employee giving campaigns.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation (ISF) has provided assistance to the Jack E. Singley Law Enforcement program in a variety of ways. To begin, each year, the ISF provides grants to programs, students and individuals to allow them to pursue projects which enhances a student's learning experience. The ISF Grant program has allowed the Singley Academy Law Enforcement Police Explorers to attend the Texas Law Enforcement Police Explorers State Competition in Arlington, Texas for the previous three years. This competition challenges the students in a variety of law enforcement based scenarios. The competition permits the students to interact with law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal level as well as youth from a multitude of law enforcement explorer programs across the nation.

Additionally, the ISF has provided excellent assistance to the Singley Academy Law Enforcement Advisory Board. The ISF guided the board and helped them to create a scholarship program to benefit the law enforcement students hoping to pursue a career in the criminal justice field. The ISF staff were very knowledgeable and kind as they guided the board through the creation of the scholarship.

Donor

Rating: 5

ISF is a great foundation! I have not worked in a district, my 14 years of education before I came to Irving where they were 100% vested and invested in the success of their students while in school, funding teacher projects with "SPARK TANK" and after graduation, with the thousands of dollars given out in donations.

Teachers and even paraprofessionals give of their money to help the students.

I am so proud to work in Irving for the past 4 years and be a contributing force behind the ISF to assist students pursue their education.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm very thankful for the Irving Schools Foundation. Because of their grant, I will be able to attend a writing workshop and learn more strategies to bring back to my campus.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is an amazing nonprofit!! They gave me a grant to attend a conference on Autism communication and behavior. The information is helping me and all those I work with. I am so grateful for this foundation and for their support of teachers!! Thank you for all you do.

Angela F.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Irving ISD has allowed me to create experiences for my students that I am not capable of by myself. They make classroom dreams come true!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was awarded one of the many awards offered by the Irving Schools Foundation. They were amazing help with the process of the scholarship. The breakfast they host is also great, not just because of the food, but they invite the people who provided the money for us to be able to get these scholarships. This is one of the greatest scholarships foundations Ive seen, due to many other students from many backgrounds and futures, being able to receive their scholarships. Along with that, they help students who want to do more, but can't afford it. They helped the Irving Libraries give out books to many more students in the Irving School District. They provided funds for students to go to compete because of the dedication and effort from them. As well as seeing many other places where they contribute.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SLPS Aastha Charities started working with Irving ISD, Terri Oliver, in May 2017. Through their website, we contacted Ms. Oliver and she told us about the Backpack Drive. Our community was so excited to help students get back to school in a successful manner that they immediately started to donate money towards the backpacks. Our senior community was especially helpful. We raised over 10,000.00 and ended up preparing 400 backpacks. 310 were delivered to Irving ISD and the rest were delivered to Carrollton Farmers ISD. We would definitely love to help with this project in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Gwen went above and beyond to make sure I had what I needed to make the beginning of the school year a success!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to the C2C Store in hopes of finding glue sticks, dry-erase markers, and kleenex for my students and classroom. The ladies there were soooo helpful and nice. They explained the entire process and were great at it. I did not realize how many many things they had. I was able to get pencil sharpeners, copy paper, and supply boxes for my class in addition to what I went for. I was definitely spreading the word after I left the store. I just could not believe I was able to get so much at no cost. My students will absolutely benefit from the store.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is the best organization I have ever been associated with. Last year they awarded well over $200,000 in scholarships; thousands of dollars in grants to teachers for a variety of things (like student field trips, conferences, outdoor gardens and many more. I could go on and on, but I am so proud to be associated with such a great non profit.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ISF does an amazing job of providing opportunities for our students and staff. I have even benefited, as I was awarded a $150 grant to attend the state counseling conference. Thanks for all you do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving School Foundation provided Wheeler Transitional Center with a funds to build a wonderful outdoor garden area. This provided a therapeutic environment, that student who struggle in school for various reasons the opportunity to create a Life, nurture and care for it. Now students are excited about how they are growing plants which may seem simple but it gives them pride in accomplishing something and that can open their minds to their potential.

Donor

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern,
Crockett Middle school had their first faculty staff meeting, as Dean of Students I created a presentation to inform staff about all the great things ISF does for our schools, We had people racing to turn in their ISF form, we had a great turn out!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The C2C store and the volunteers that run it are incredible! They came to my rescue when I was in need of a class set of binders and dividers. I don't know what I would've done without them! Thank you for all that you do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love working with the Irving Schools Foundation. They are super organized and do a great job meeting the needs of students in Irving ISD.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation does so much for our Irving ISD community. As a teacher, I have had the chance to see students succeed because they had the monetary help. I have also seen teachers be able to get items for their classrooms and attend conferences. I have been honored to receive several different grants, and this last year was lucky to receive a scholarship to help further my career as a librarian. The staff at ISF is always willing to answer questions and help. It is a great organization and I am so thankful that they are here.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5


My dealings with the Irving Schools Foundation have been nothing but favorable. I have dealt with them both as a blessed recipient of their scholarship program, and as a liaison for a local JROTC program. In the former, I received prompt answers to any questions, lavished by the V.I.P. treatment at their scholarship award banquet, Breakfast With the Stars, and enjoyed the courteous staff. In the latter, I met with the foundation's president, and was impressed by both her efficacy, and efficiency.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving School Foundation is a great non-profit organization that gives hope to students to further their education by granting several scholarships. They have inspired me to give back to my community in the future by either being a mentor or through scholarships.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation gives the means for students to achieve a higher education. They give them a chance to succeed and to grasp their dreams. I cannot express enough gratitude for the life-changing opportunity that they have given me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to have received the ISF scholarship for school. I am current employee of Irving ISD and work in Human Resources. I am also attending school as a full time student and pursuing my degree in Business with a focus in Human Resources. Receiving the scholarship has paid for another year of school and given me a great deal of encouragement. With the ISF scholarship I will be able to finish school on time and continue to advance my career and grow as an individual.

sdfgarcia

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation has been providing scholarships for students in Irving for more than 30 years! As the Foundation has grown, it has expanded to providing grants for teacher education, special classroom projects, campus projects, and individual awards to students. It runs on a very lean budget with robust community and volunteer support, and even the IISD employees get involved! Teachers and staff can donate to the Foundation through a payroll deduction, and so many of them participate! I am honored and humbled to be a part of this great organization, and I am so thankful for our corporate sponsors and community donors who help us do so much for our kids!

2 Ismael R.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Nice entertainment! Did not get bored as much as I thought that I would have. My mother was actually sat at a different table from me, so that was an inconvenience.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a part of Irving Schools Foundation since its inception. It has always done so much for the children and teachers of this district, but in the last 5 years the amount of money awarded in grants and scholarships has been absolutely amazing. Over $200,000 awarded last year in student scholarships alone! How many other districts can say this? How many nonprofits can say this? This organization and its CEO and board are amazing. I am proud to be a small part of it.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving School's Foundation is a great nonprofit organization that has played a huge role in my futher education. I have been apart of Irving ISD my entire childhood and know that they still care about their students even after we graduate means a lot to me. Being granted a scholarship, makes me want to return the favor, one day in the future. I hope to give back to my community, just like they have done for me.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation has been a wonderful resource to fund initiatives on my campus that have expanded learning beyond the four walls of my classroom. They have provided resources for me to allow my students to create a community garden that has allowed my students to grow vegetables to donate to those in need in the community as well as catnip to donate to our local animal shelter. I have seen them fund projects that allow students to enrich themselves as learners at all levels of education from Pre-K to High School in ways that have allowed those students to give back to the community and I am proud to be a supporter of the Irving Schools Foundation through my charitable giving as well.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Irving schools foundation is a great way for students to get help while paying tuition. I am really grateful for this scholarship

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is a great way to give kids access to scholarships that cater to the kind of person they are, and their strengths.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Always looking out for students! Irving Schools Foundation has been doing this for many years.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm beyond blessed to the Irving Schools Foundation for helping me further my education by granting me a scholarship. I'm very thankful to this amazing foundation.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Having won this scholarship has greatly impacted my future plans by giving me an opportunity that not everyone were able to get. The Irving Schools Foundation for me symbolizes opportunity in every aspect. I am so thankful to had been one of the recipients this year.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I feel both blessed and grateful for my scholarship I received through the Irving School Foundation (ISF). Of the hundreds of scholarships I applied for, ISF was the only support received to help me pay for college. Had it not been for ISF, I would have had to attend college on an almost ""all cash" basis which is next to impossible. So thank you ISF. I pray the foundation continues to flourish and that you continue to help students like me!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm very thankful for my scholarship that the Irving School Foundation provided me. This scholarship will help me achieve my goals as a college student and as a person who has an opportunity to get a higher education.

3

Advisor

Rating: 5

They are an awesome organization to work with. I am so glad that I get to be involved.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

So thankful for the scholarship that I received! Thank you Irving ISD for helping me out with paying for school

3 Alli J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation is terrific, and has helped many and many of students by rewarding their hard work with scholarship money for college. I am more than grateful for all of the wonderful people apart of this organization, and their great motives.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Irving school foundation will help me to got to college and be successful in life.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of these wonderful schilarship opprtunitues that my school district offers I grew to love the city I'm in. It's amazing that we have opportunities in our school district to apply for scholarships that were made especially for us, not every school district has that. Each and every day I am thankful for the scholarship I received from my generous donors.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Irving Schools Foundation is a blessing to all students and personnel in Irving ISD. I am able to extend my knowledge by attending professional workshops through the grants to teachers given by the Irving Schools Foundation. My students are also able to benefit from the foundations generosity through the Classroom Grants. In our last Classroom Grant, our grade level was able to build our Math Centers and allow students to practice on targeted skills while engaged in Math games.

3 Eric94

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's because of this program that I don't need to take out as much money in loans as I had previously thought. Free money is something college kids feed off of, and we need as much of it as possible!

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed by the Irving ISD foundation in many ways. In 2010 my son got a scholarship from the IISD foundation that helped with his college education. Then in 2014 my youngest daughter received one as well. Now I am honored to be able to serve on the foundation board and help make changes in the lifes of the students in all levels.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Irving School Foundation was instrumental in granting us funds to take our Special Olympic bowling team to Austin for the state championship. This allowed several special need students the opportunity to travel and see their state capitol city, make new friendships by meeting other students from across our state, and represent their school in state competition. It allowed some students, who otherwise might not be able to travel, the ability to be chaperoned away from their family for a weekend. This was instrumental in teaching independence and social skills that these students need as they become older. These students worked hard to raise money for this trip, and the foundations assistance assured that these students got their moment to shine and represent Irving ISD. I cannot thank ISF enough for allowing this opportunity!!

4

Donor

Rating: 5

I have received grants from the Irving Schools Foundation for professional development. I believe my students and the students of the teachers I share my training with benefit from the grants. I feel good about donating money to ISF because it directly benefits the children of our community through professional development for teachers as well has college scholarships for students and staff.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation is a great non-profit that helps students and teachers accomplish great things above and beyond the normal school curriculum. For over 31 years, lives have been changed for the better due to the work of this organization.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a parent with 4 children enrolled in Irving ISD, I have seen the Irving Schools Foundation at work for many years. When I was working with the PTA at their school, I saw the students receive books, classroom supplies, and heard stories of graduating seniors that received scholarships for college. It was not until two years ago, however; that I was on the receiving end of the work of the Foundation. Newly divorced, I was starting over in the "real world" of a full time job, and working to earn a college degree to become a teacher. I applied for, an was chosen to receive a scholarship from the Foundation as a staff member of the district. Later in the school year, I was asked to work in a summer reading program at the same school.
So many children in our community are growing up in homes where there are no books, with no exposure to conversational English, and little to no parental guidance. The programs that ISF can support with grants will help to support not only our students' academic needs, but also their social/emotional needs-while allowing the funds that the district receives in their annual budget to continue so that our schools have the staff they need to provide services to the students that need them. We truly work as a team.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Irving Schools Foundation is very near and dear to my heart! My husband help start the foundation and served as President. My daughter, son, and I have served on the Board and my oldest son is currently serving on the Board. You can see that we believe in the Foundation and it's mission. "BREAKFAST WITH THE STARS" is the highlight for me - to see the students getting thousands of dollars worth of scholarships. Under the excellent guidance of the director, Crystal Scanio, and her staff the foundation has been able
to give scholarships to students and grants to teachers that would not have otherwise been available. I get very emotional when speaking and telling people about the Foundation.