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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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Donate to Educate is a program in which CFISD staff donates $100 to receive a CFEF DTE tee-shirt they can dress in the initial Monday of each month with jeans on their campus. It’ll raise funds for student scholarships. In 2016, Donate to Educate raised more than $150,000. Cy-Fair Educational Foundation set up an endowment in recognition of this program.

This program offers scholarships to seniors who are graduating.  The DTE program permits staff to contribute to the CFEF through direct donations or payroll deductions.

Donate $100 and up on an annual basis and get a tee-shirt to wear along with jeans the initial Monday of each month.

Extra Incentives:

  • Reward for school that has the greatest participation
  • Got month-to-month coupons to businesses in the area

Also, special item for superheroes who are involved in the yearly Superintendent’s Fun Run.

We encourage all to make a difference within the future of our community. To begin your support kindly download the form: “Donate to Educate”.

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One of Cy-Fair Educational Foundation’s most popular and exciting events is turning twenty years old this year! Join CFEF on October 19, 2017, to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Salute to the Stars.


‘Salute to the Stars’ is an annual recognition of Cy-Fair ISD’s very best teachers and a special way to honor their hard work. One teacher from every campus is selected for recognition as representing a unique balance of skill, art, and heart. Since its inception in 1998, the Salute to the Stars event has raised almost $3 million for Foundation programs.


Salute to the Stars Grows

Salute to the Stars gets bigger and better each year, and 2017 is no exception. This year the event will be moving to the Berry Center Arena to accommodate the opening of three new schools and recognition of four para educators and support staff.

About the Berry Center:


Sponsorship Opportunities


Show your support for CFEF and Cy-Fair ISD teachers! There are many sponsorship opportunities for Salute to the Stars for individuals and businesses.

We will be selling a total of 96 tables. One for each school, 4 para professional tables (which is new this year) and a Superintendent table.

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Cy-Fair Educational Foundation
Event Sponsors
Salute to the Stars – October 19, 2017
Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center Hospital Event Underwriter
IBI Group Academy Award Superintendent Sponsor
Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Red Carpet Premier Sponsor
Prairie View A&M University Red Carpet Premier Sponsor
North Cypress Medical Center Hospital Floral Sponsor
Community Impact Newspaper Media Sponsor
S-G Owners Association, Inc. Oscar Sponsor



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We are proud to announce that Terry Wheeler is the new Chairman of CFEF as of July 1. His term will go from July 2017 to June 30, 2019!


Terry Wheeler grew up in Abilene Texas and is a 7th generation Texan. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of North Texas and his Bachelor of Business Administration from McMurry University. At McMurry University Terry lettered in Football and Track. While in college Terry was awarded the Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award for Outstanding Senior Business Student.


Terry is the current CEO of Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center. He received the Circle of Excellence Award by Tenet for Hospital Leadership in 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He has been recognized by Tenet as an Outstanding CFO four times. Terry is the first officer at Tenet to receive both CEO and CFO awards. Terry co-authored Humana, Inc., published by Prentice-Hall in the college textbook: Cases in Strategic Marketing.


Terry has served on the Scholarship Committee, Executive Committee, Finance Committee and was Treasurer of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation. He is a past Board Member for Cy-Hope and Senior Adult Services. He is a District Rep. for American Hospital Association and served three terms on the Tenet Council of Chief Executive Officers. Terry is also a member of the Texas Hospital Association-member of the Council on Policy Development. He is a Youth Football Coach and Boys and Girls Basketball Coach for the Cy-Fair Sports Association. Terry is a past Chairman of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and a past Board Member for the American Heart Association, North Harris Montgomery Community College District Foundation and Metrocrest Medical Foundation. He currently serves on the finance committee and was a Past HR Chair for Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Terry was selected as the 75-year anniversary honoree and also as a Friend of Education by CFISD in 2015-2016.


Terry and his wife, Renate, have been married for 25 years. They have three children; Austin, Sarah and Lauren. In his leisure time Terry enjoys watching football, working out, oil painting and reading.

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The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation Scholarship Reception is going to be held on August 1, 2017 at the Berry Center from 7:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. We will be honoring our scholarship recipients. We were excited that we had the ability to award $447,000 in scholarships this year. We are going to be hosting our recipients, donors, trustees, event sponsors, community members, school principals, counselors and administers.

Cy-Fair Educational Foundation has awarded more than 7 million in scholarships since 1970. And we are proud and grateful to say that our funds are raised through endowments and events. Attendees will include CFEF trustees, donors, event sponsors, recipients and their families, CFISD administrators, principals and counselors, as well as school board members.

We have scheduled some key speakers this year who include: Chairman of CFEF Terry Wheeler from Cy-Fair Medical Center Hospital, Cypress Fairbanks ISD Superintendent Dr. Mark Henry and 2005 Cecil Hall Recipient Jason Burkett. Also speaking is Deena Morgan, the 1995 Cecil Hall Recipient.

The Foundation provides college financial support to capable and motivated CFISD student leaders with significant financial need. Our Trustees are a passionate community and business leaders committed to raising funds for student scholarships and staff development grants. The Foundation and its Trustees work closely with CFISD and the Lone Star College-CyFair to impact the quality of life in our community and improve access to college.

Your gift to the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation helps students discover a brighter future through student scholarships and staff development grants.

We offer our many thanks to the generous donations from CFISD alumni, business partners and community. If you would like to donate, kindly visit our online donation page. All donations are truly appreciated!

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The Cy-Fair Educational Foundation is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Salute to Our Heroes Gala, honoring the men and women who serve our country. Proceeds raised during Salute to Our Heroes go to an endowment, which enables CFISD students to attend college.


Salute to Our Heroes 2018


The 2018 Salute to Our Heroes Gala will take place at the Omni Houston Hotel at Westside on Saturday, February 3, 2018. This special evening is highlighted with an inspirational speaker, dinner, entertainment, live and silent auction. Sponsorship opportunities are available.


Individual tickets are priced at $125, and Veteran tickets are $75; click to learn more about advertising opportunities, and to view our 2018 Salute to Our Heroes flyer.


Speaker: Salvatore “Sal” Giunta


We’re honored to welcome Salvatore “Sal” Augustine Giunta as our speaker for the 10th Anniversary of our Salute to Our Heroes Gala. Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama on November 16, 2010. Staff Sgt. Giunta was the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan, and the first living service member to be awarded the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.


Giunta joined the Army in November 2003 and was assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy. He completed two combat tours in Afghanistan. While conducting a patrol as team leader, Giunta and his team were ambushed by a well-armed, well-coordinated team of insurgents in Korengal Valley on October 25, 2007. Under intense fire, Giunta fought the enemy, administered first aid to his wounded squad leader, and saved another soldier from being carried away by the Taliban.


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Established in 2009, the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational basketball brings together 24 high school teams—including the 10 Cypress-Fairbanks boy’s varsity teams. Cy-Falls High School Boy’s Basketball is the Class 6A State Champions, so it’s sure to be a great weekend of competitive hoops.

Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational Logo

About the Invitational


The 2017 Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational will take place December 7-9, and we hope you will join us. In addition to raising funds for student scholarship and staff development grants, the goal of the invitational is to engage our community, promote the sport of basketball, and foster a community spirit that serves us all.


Games will be played at the Berry Center and various Cy-Fair ISD high schools; stay tuned for more information about this fun-filled fundraising weekend!


Quick Tips


  • Sponsorship Opportunities are available.
  • Kids who wear their school or team jersey get free admittance and courtside seating at the games!
  • Tournament Tickets will be available.




For information about the Houston Methodist Cy-Hoops Invitational, and about tournament sponsorship, contact CFEF: 281.370.0144 or visit the main website There are a variety of sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $10,000. Don’t forget to check to see if your company offers corporate matches.


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