$41,650 in Scholarships in 2014
Thanks to generous donor investment, the Foundation awarded $41,650 in student scholarships and teacher professional development opportunities for the 2014 scholarship season.
2014 Scholarship Awardees
First National Bank awarded $5,000 to Shawnee Mission student entrepreneurs as part of their annual Business Plan Competition.
- 1st Place - Dawson Borcherding, (SMW ‘16) $2,500 - "Dawson's Urban Garden Services"
- 2nd Place - Noah Marsh, (SME ‘15) $1,500- "Against the Grain Bowties"
- 3rd Place - Corben Tannahill, (SMN ‘15) $1,000 - "Angler's Friend"
Pictured left to right: Dave Janus, First National Bank Market President; Jennifer Sanborn, Marketing Manager; Noah Marsh; Dawson Borcherding; Corben Tannahill; and Shannon Wickliffe, Director, Treasury Services.
2014-15 Excellence in Education Cash Caravan
$20,650 in Excellence in Education grants distributed throughout the district - check it out! 2014 awards support innovative and challenging teaching and learning initiatives. Congratulations to all grant recipients!
Trailwood Elementary educator Emily Gill received grant funding for her grant, "LEGO, WeDo Hands-On STEM!"
The LEGO WeDo robotics program enables elementary students to use technology to work as young scientists, engineers, mathematicians and creative writers, providing them with the settings, tools and tasks for completing cross-curricular projects.
It's a little bit like "paying it forward."
In a press conference on January 21, 2014, the Shawnee Mission School District and the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation announced a generous donation made by board of education member Dr. Craig Denny and his wife Terry.
The $100,000 gift establishes the Denny Family Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fund. The fund will support new instructional initiatives, professional development for teachers in STEM-focused areas, opportunities for students to conduct specialized research, curriculum development and specialized equipment.
When asked about the investment in Shawnee Mission Dr. Denny said, "It's a little bit like 'pay it forward.' We've been blessed in all of the things we've done and we want to see opportunities for those kids that are coming behind us."
Check out Broadcast of Live Press Conference.