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Funding Priorities

2012/2013 Funding Priorities

Healdsburg Education Foundation Funding PrioritiesAfter a successful 2011-2012 year in which HEF raised a record $527,000 of community support to fund vital programs in our schools, including: music, art, counseling, technology, libraries, the new Elementary School “Toolbox” social learning program, the Construction and Sustainability Academy (CASA), the High School Garden to Table Program, and the Elementary Enrichment Program., board members and staff are gearing up for the coming academic year to partner with our generous community to bring vital and engaging programs and resources to the students of Healdsburg.

Working closely with representatives of the Healdsburg Unified School District, HEF has identified its 2012-2013 Funding Priorities. HEF has a commitment to direct resources for public education where they will have the greatest impact on those that need them the most, with a special focus on increasing graduation rates and decreasing the achievement gap. Thus, the projects below have strong learning outcomes, support from the education community, lack public funding and would therefore not be possible without community support.


This year HEF has pledged to raise $65,000 for the K-5 Enrichment Program, providing every elementary student with a broad array of classes, including:

  • Music
  • Nutrition/Gardening
  • Fitness & Yoga
  • Lego-Robotics®
  • Chess
  • Drama
  • Science
  • Computers

PDF of program flier


HEF funds music education programsContinuing with strong a strong commitment from HUSD leadership and community partners HEF will continue to support a strong core K-12 Art and Music Program. This year HEF will ask the community to help raise $40,000 to ensure that Art and Music education are an option for every student in the Healdsburg Public schools.


HEF funds school technologyHEF’s goal this year in the area of Library and Technology is to raise $60,000. These funds will be used to keep the libraries open during the school day for all students and for additional afterschool “ homework hours” for secondary school students. The Jr. High and High School libraries provide students access to computers, a place to hold club HEF funds library and research materialsmeetings, resources for college and vocational research, and exit exam practice sites. Technology fundraising this year will focus on raising $30,000 for a Pilot iPad Program for 3rd-5th graders at the Fitch Mountain Campus. This program will complement and build upon the K-2 iPad Pilot Program put in place last year at the HES campus.


HEF funds CASACasa champion Ray Holley is working with HEF to raise $20,000 for the program to provide project materials for the program this academic year. This year CASA students will build a real house using plans from “Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.”


For the first time this year, HEF will raise $7,000 to support the startup of the Piqe Program, which helps parents learn how to create a positive and lasting educational environment at home using a number of proven academic success tools. Creating a bridge between home and school is also emphasized.


Also new this year, HEF will raise $10,000 to help pay for an Internship Coordinator at Healdsburg High School for its expanding mentorship program, which was a very successful pilot in 2011-2012. HHS has a goal this year of placing 90 students, which is over half the Junior Class, in career exploration opportunities in the area.


Through generous donors in our community, HEF has the honor of sponsoring the following Academic and Vocational Scholarships awarded each year to Healdsburg High School graduating seniors. For application guidelines and additional information, please click here for the Scholarship Handbook information.

HEF Sponsored Scholarships

Nina Zanzi Scholarship
Van Ornum Scholarship
Wohler-LaSalle Scholarship
Oakleaf Memorial Scholarship
David Eno Memorial Scholarship
Richard Bermudes Scholarship
Ella Hafner Memorial Scholarship
Rachel Maddock-Wygant Memorial Scholarship

Nina Zanzi Memorial Art Scholarship
Eligibility: Based on financial need and vocational talent. Minimum 3.0 GPA. Recipient must be a graduating senior planning to attend a 4-year College majoring in Visual Art or an accredited art school.

Amount: 1/$1,000
Procedure: Application
Deadline: TBD

Van Ornum Scholarship
Eligibility: Based on financial need and vocational talent. Must have a GPA of at least 2.5. Student must be continuing education at a trade school, business school, or junior college program.

Amount: Varies, Renewable
Procedure: Application (sponsored by the H.E.F. Foundation)
Deadline: March 15

Joan-Lee Wohler La Salle Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Student must plan to attend Santa Rosa Junior College studying Speech, Drama, or English.

Amount: 1 or 2/ $250 Scholarships
Procedure: H.U.S.D. Common Application*
Deadline: February 25

Ethel Marie Oakleaf Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Students must demonstrate outstanding service to his/her school. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5; gives to school in various ways, working for the betterment of others.

Amount: $500
Procedure: H.U.S.D. Common Application*
Deadline: February 25

David Preston Eno Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: For a Marce Becerra or Healdsburg High School student continuing their education. Preferably for a student planning to enter a vocational program.

Amount: 2/$250
Procedure: Application or Nomination
Deadline: March 15

Richard Bermudes Scholarship
Eligibility: Awarded to a student in the industrial arts or vocational field. 2.0 weighted GPA.

Amount: $250/varies
Procedure: Application
Deadline: March 15

Ella Hafner Memorial Scholarship
Eligibility: Student must be a graduating senior female planning to enroll directly into a four-year college or university in the fall; must have a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Amount: $500/varies
Procedure: Application
Deadline: February 28

Please Donate

For more information and to donate to these exciting educational programs in our Healdsburg public schools, go to hefschools.com or contact Pamela Swan, Director, Healdsburg Education Foundation, pswan@hefschools.com, 433-1223.

Please donate to support these exceptional programs this school year and ensure that all of our students receive the best education possible.

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