Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation
Founded in 2009, the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) approved Texas nonprofit corporation founded to support and benefit Woodrow and the schools in its feeder pattern, the Woodrow Community, and DISD. It provides general financial support to the campus, including specific initiatives like the International Baccalaureate program. It also serves as a clearinghouse for scholarships given to selected graduating Woodrow seniors each year.
PURPOSE: The purpose of the Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation is to support excellent education in the public schools in the Woodrow feeder pattern in the form of loans, grants and scholarships.
VISION: The Foundation’s vision also includes providing resources and support for a wide range of needs and opportunities within the community that is tightly connected to Woodrow Wilson High School and the schools in its feeder pattern. Our dream is to be able to help fund large projects, such as physical facilities within the schools, as well as smaller causes, such as loans or grants to meet special needs of school-connected individuals
Founding members include alums Richard Vitale ’91 (president), Gary Griffith ’66 (vice president) and Paul Dalton ’68 (director). Other alumni who serve on the board include Jason Kulas ’89 (chief financial officer) and Leigh Peden Straughn ’91 (member).
The Foundation has established a number of funds and scholarships, and has formed alliances with ten educational organizations. It also forged an agreement with Texas A&M Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) to provide special services to Woodrow. Twenty-eight seniors from the class of 2012 were accepted at the university, many of whom are the first in their families to attend college. The Foundation currently manages and awards sixteen college scholarships established by individuals and groups. If you or your class is interested in funding one, please go to http://www.woodrowfoundation.org.