Serving and giving to Frenship ISD since 2002.
The Frenship Foundation For Leadership is a non-profit organization dedicated to giving back to Frenship ISD. The Foundation provides monetary support through student scholarships and teacher grants to further educational learning at Frenship.
Donations are received from individuals, corporations and other foundations to fund educational programs and projects that are in alignment with the District’s Strategic Plan.
The Frenship Foundation was created in the spring of 2003 when three Frenship employees had circumstances arise out of their control that created financial difficulties for them and their families. The Frenship Employee Emergency Relief Fund (FEERF) was created to help Frenship families facing extreme financial burdens. FEERF is still helping District employees today.
As for the student scholarships the Frenship Foundation provides, the criteria is slightly different than a typical scholarship. Often students are awarded financially through scholarships for athletic skills, test scores and grade point averages. However, the Foundation chooses to recognize students who exemplify exceptional character.
Director of the Frenship Foundation, Emily Solis, stated, “We believe it’s so important to recognize and reward character and leadership qualities in our students. Our scholarship program validates those students who choose to make good decisions, even when times get tough. This is one of my favorite parts of the Foundation—seeing great kids rewarded for great character.”
In the spring of 2004, the Frenship Foundation organized an annual golf tournament—The Drive for Leaders—as a major fundraiser for the student scholarship program. Since the inception of these scholarships, Frenship graduates have been granted $766,200.
In 2012, the Frenship Foundation added the Foundation Gala. Funds from this event were designed to be given to teachers in the District who have shown innovative practices that may require additional funding to continue that endeavor. Since 2012, the Frenship Foundation has awarded approximately $194,000 to teacher grant winners.
The Frenship Foundation also oversees the Alumni & Friends organization. Alumni & Friends have awarded three Fallen Tiger Memorial Scholarships since 2016. This scholarship fund was established to remember fellow students who are no longer with the Frenship family. This group also started awarding the Wolfforth Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year a cash prize as a way of saying ‘Thank You’ to outstanding teachers that are working with students in the District.
With the 501(c)(3) status, the Foundation can give teachers a tax credit for their annual donations to FEERF, as well as donors to the annual Drive for Leaders golf tournament and the Foundation Gala.