Foundation 51 Grants Committee Student Representative Application

The Mission of Foundation 51 is to promote educational excellence in MSAD 51 by funding initiatives that improve teaching and learning and by inspiring community involvement for the benefit of our schools. Foundation 51 (F51) raises its funds through an annual auction, and then awards grants to teachers and other community members through a review process facilitated by the F51 Grants Committee. The committee reviews each application through the lens of the F51 mission, discusses whether or not to fund specific grants, and reports the funding recommendations to the F51 Board.

The committee is comprised of 7-10 community members and 4 students (2 juniors and 2 seniors) with students being full and equal voting members. Qualifications for student members of the committee include a desire to participate in group discussions during application reviews, and a willingness to share and represent a student perspective regarding the grant initiatives. Student membership is a two-year commitment (junior and senior year), with three meetings in October for the first grant cycle, three meetings in March for the second cycle, some additional time in between meetings for the review of applications, and for occasional follow-up with grant applicants. Committee meetings are historically Monday or Tuesday evenings from 7PM until 9PM.

Participation in the F51 Grants Committee provides students with an opportunity to contribute to the community, to learn about and participate in a grants process, and to make a difference in the lives of the students within the district. The process of reviewing grant applications offers students the opportunity to acquire and practice effective skills in communication, consensus building, critical thinking, and decision making.

NOTE: By completing this application, the student acknowledges that a parent or guardian has been notified of the application, and is supportive of this opportunity. The Chair of the Grants Committee will be in touch with the parent/guardian of the selected applicant.

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