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The holidays are right around the corner. Whether it’s cozying up near the fireplace with some apple cider in hand, putting up lights and decorations, or spending time with loved ones—it’s a truly magical time of year. Before you take a break from work, we would like to give everyone a heartfelt THANK YOU for your donations and support of our Foundation. We are fortunate to have loyal donors like you. Continue reading End of Year Giving Before 2019 Arrives

Are you a hoops junkie? After getting so close to beating the defending champs, are you hoping the Houston Rockets finally break through this year? Are you pumped that college basketball is back? You don’t have to drive to the Toyota Center to see the action in person. The Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational will be taking place December 6th –8th and we have a lot of excitement in store. Continue reading The 2018 Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational

October 18th marks the date of Salute to the Stars. One of our major fundraising events of the year, this special evening recognizes CFISD Teacher of the Year honorees. Since its inception, Salute to the Stars has raised more than $3 million. The underwriter of the event is Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union. In this blog post, we’ll describe the close relationship between Cy-Fair FCU and our Foundation. Continue reading Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union: Underwriter of Salute to the Stars

At the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, the scholarship judging process is both an exciting and draining one. Draining in that selecting scholarship recipients from a group of such qualified and impressive students is never easy. But exciting knowing that these scholarships will put our community’s students on the path to lifelong learning and success. In this blog post, we’ll share some notable scholarship highlights from this year’s group. Continue reading A Recap of This Year’s Scholarships

An important part of our mission is to increase access to higher education for graduates of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (CFISD) by awarding scholarships. Through our scholarships, deserving students have the opportunity to pursue their dreams in college and beyond. In this blog, we will provide a brief background on how we award scholarships. From there, we will announce the total amount of scholarships we will be awarding this year. Continue reading 2018 Total Scholarships Announcement

Each and every day, we have the privilege of working closely with countless schools in the Cy-Fair area. One of the schools that we have a close relationship with is Cypress Ridge High School (Cy-Ridge). On July 5th, 2017, Cy-Ridge’s first principal, Claudio Garcia, passed away. We were deeply saddened to hear the news and we honor Mr. Garcia’s contributions to our community with a new initiative.

Mr. Garcia was born on January 27th, 1950 in Mathis, Texas but grew up in the small farming community of Orange Grove. As a child, he always dreamed of becoming a cowboy even though his parents always stressed the importance of education. Mr. Garcia ended up heeding his parents’ advice and graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Texas A&I UniversityKingsville.

Mr. Garcia started his career as a teacher and coach in  small South Texas  schools such as Odem High School, Skidmore High School, Ben Bolt High School, and Orange Grove High School. He later became the Assistant Principal of Orange Grove High School and then the principal of Orange Grove High School and then the principal of Orange Grove Junior High. He then took the position as principal of Flour Bluff Junior High and then Calallen High School, Before moving to the Houston area to open Cy-Ridge in 2002.

As Cy-Ridge’s leader, Mr. Garcia built a strong foundation to encourage the success of his students. He wanted the school to feel like family—a place where teachers and staff offered support to students so they could achieve their dreams. He also frequently attended student events, including football games. As a former football coach. Mr. Garcia appreciated the life lessons that the game provides to athletes and to fans. He was often seen cheering the team along from the sidelines.

Mr. Garcia left a lasting impact on so many students, teachers, staff members, and other members of the community. To honor his legacy, we have partnered up with Cy-Ridge High School’s current principal, Stephanie Meshell, and her staff to establish an endowment in his name. This endowment will honor Mr. Garcia’s legacy by continuing to promote the initiatives he dedicated his life to. The cost of higher education continues to rise which makes the prospect of college a tough proposition for many students. Through the generous contributions of our community, an endowment gives high school students an opportunity to continue their education.

The endowment In Honor of Claudio Garcia will allow Cy-Ridge students to pursue their dreams. If you are able, we urge you to donate to this cause. For those interested in donating, you may do so online or by sending a check to the following address: Cy-Fair Educational Foundation, 11803 Grant Road, Suite 115, Cypress, TX 77429. For more information, feel free to give us a call at (281)-3701-0144. We thank you for your generosity in supporting Cy-Ridge High School students and the memory of one of the leaders of our community, Mr. Claudio Garcia.

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CFEF has invested in a new Endowment Wall in the Berry Center. This wall is a digital display of CFEF endowment donors, our mission, and recipient stories. The wall recognizes our more than 60 Endowment Partners that have established endowed scholarships to send graduating CFISD seniors to college. PBK Architects donated their time to help design and put the project together.

As higher education becomes increasingly expensive, the Foundation appreciates the generous gifts from the CFISD alumni, business partners and community that lead to endowed scholarships for the students of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD.

Endowed funds differ from others in that they are truly the gift that keeps giving.  Instead of the entire amount of the gift being spent outright, the total amount of the gift is invested.  Each year, only a portion of the invested income earned is spent while the remainder is added to the original principal.  An endowment is a perpetual gift because only the interest is used to support the Foundation while the principle continuously grows.

  • Endowments may be established in the amounts of $20,000, $50,000, $100,000 or more.
  • Endowments will be named for private individuals, corporations and organizations, in memory of individuals and in honor of individuals.
  • A scholarship will be awarded on an annual basis once the endowment is fully funded.
  • Endowments will be designed with the Foundation’s minimum criteria and may also include special criteria.
  • Should the endowment not reach full funding in seven years, the total amount donated will be transferred to the Foundation’s General Fund.
  • An endowed scholarship that is fully funded by December 31 of a calendar year will be awarded for the academic year beginning the following fall.
  • The donor will execute an endowment agreement with the Foundation to create a legal agreement for the endowment.
  • All endowments have seven years to fund

Contact Executive Director Marie Holmes at 281-370-0144 for more information.

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