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Award based on Outstanding Online Reviews

Cypress, Texas. September 17, 2020 – The Cy-Fair Education Foundation announced today it has been named a “2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

The Cy-Fair Education Foundation provides scholarships and grants for CFISD seniors and faculty/staff, resulting in continuing education for many. 

“We are honored to be named a 2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit,” says Marie Holmes, Executive Director, the Cy-Fair Education Foundation. We are proud of our accomplishments this year, including many senior scholarships to CFISD students. Cypress Fairbanks Independent School District’s High School students received: Bridgeland – 7, Cypress Creek – 6, Cy-Fair – 9, Cypress Falls – 5, Cypress Lakes – 7, Cypress Park – 7, Cypress Ranch – 4, Cypress Ridge – 7, Cypress Springs – 9, Jersey Village – 4, Langham Creek – 5, and Windfern  – 1.

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients. “It affirmed what I had been working for in school and empowered me to take the next step to college,” Harper said.  “I was thrilled to have earned it and determined to show that I deserved it.”


“The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid. 

The complete list of 2020 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at:


About Cy-Fair Educational Foundation
“Empowering Today’s Students – Tomorrow’s Leaders through Higher Education”

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Marie Holmes, Executive Director



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During the month of September, the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is serving as a participant in a special program established by The Howard Hughes Corporation. Throughout the entirety of the month, home buyers who purchase a house in one of two Houston-area communities will be able to select the Foundation as the recipient of $500 donations provided by The Howard Hughes Corporation. This initiative is part of the Corporation’s Fall Giving Drive.

The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages, and develops commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate throughout the country. As part of the Corporation’s philanthropic arm, it developed the Fall Giving Drive as a way to give back to the community. Our Foundation was selected to participate in the program. Any home buyer who purchases a home this month in either Bridgeland or The Woodlands Hills will have the option of selecting our Foundation as the recipient of a $500 donation on behalf of The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Both of the communities mentioned are wonderful places to live. Bridgeland is the number one-selling master-planned community in the entire state of Texas. The Woodlands Hills is an award-winning master-planned community itself. Furthermore, the timing could not be better to buy a new home as we are currently experiencing record-low mortgage interest rates. As a result, we are seeing homes selling at record-breaking numbers in the Houston area. Having the opportunity to purchase the home of your dreams while simultaneously doing good for the community is a true win-win.

We are deeply grateful to be a part of such a special program. Thank you to The Howard Hughes Corporation and to home buyers in Bridgeland and The Woodlands Hills who have generously donated to our Foundation. Your support makes all the difference in helping in increasing college access for high school students and instructional support for teachers of Cy-Fair ISD.

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Today’s Students–Tomorrow’s Future!

2020 has been a year like no other. Around this time each year, our Foundation hosts a scholarship reception to honor the graduating seniors who have been awarded scholarships to further their education and pursue their dreams. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we made the difficult decision to cancel this special event for the safety of all of our attendees.

While we were unable to host our annual scholarship reception, we are proud that despite these challenging times, we were able to award $628,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors this year. We couldn’t have done this without the generous support of our donors and our community. For more information on our scholarship recipients for the 2019–2020 academic year, please visit our website. You’ll also be able to find information on each scholarship and the criteria used to award them to our future leaders.

In years past, more than 650 people attend our scholarship reception. This event is one that normally brings together students, their families, past recipients, our trustees, endowment donors, sponsors, CFISD board members and staff, and community members. One of the many highlights of our reception is that recipients get to meet their endowment donor as well as their success coach.

While this year was a break from the norm, we are hopeful that we will be able to resume our annual tradition next year. We know that this is a special event for our recipients and all of our attendees as it’s a time of celebration for all of the hard work that has led up to the moment. Beatriz Flores, a past recipient, put it nicely: “May more students be blessed in the future from CFEF.”

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Today’s Students–Tomorrow’s Future!

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational. Taking place December 12–14, the premier high school boys’ basketball tournament showcases 12 CFISD teams and 12 out-of-district varsity teams. In partnership with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital, we welcome you to the tourney in a few short weeks. Continue reading Join Us for the 10th Anniversary of the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational

On October 17, 2019, the Foundation will host the next Salute to the Stars. For the past 21 years, this event has recognized CFISD teacher of the year honorees. It all began in 1998 with former superintendent, Richard Berry’s vision. His idea was to spotlight the school district’s brightest teachers while simultaneously raising money for the Foundation. Today, Salute to the Stars is one of our major fundraising events of the year. Each campus principal chooses a Teacher of the Year for their outstanding dedication in providing valuable instruction to students. Paraeducators and support staff are also honored for their notable work at their respective schools. Continue reading Salute to the Stars 2019

We are pleased to announce that The Howard Hughes Corporation has named our Foundation as one of a small group of non-profits to participate in their spring giving campaign. For any homeowner who purchases a home in one of The Howard Hughes Corporation’s beautiful Houston area communities–Bridgeland®, The Woodlands®, or The Woodlands Hills®–the company will donate $1,000 to a select group of charities. The spring giving campaign is going on now through April 30, 2019. Continue reading The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Selected to Take Part in The Howard Hughes Corporation’s Spring Giving Campaign

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