Cy-Fair Educational Foundation was created in 1970 after community leaders contacted Allen Labay, then deputy superintendent of Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. Dr. Karl Bleyl, a Cy-Fair educator and science consultant, was interested in developing a scholarship fund. Allen Labay, Dr. Bleyl, Reverend F.J. Aragon, the pastor of Christ United Church, Jim Blackman, shipping manager for Foley’s, and attorney Herman Mead met and agreed to establish the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation.

Currently the Foundation has 58 Trustees that serve on the board. Below we have featured one of our current Trustees, Robert Adam.


Robert Adam has been a Cy-Fair Educational Foundation supporter since the organization was the (relatively) new kid on the block in the early 1970s.

Adam launched his steadfast support of CFEF, and his tenure on the board of trustees, 46 years ago.

“I think the thing that has impressed me most in over 46 years is that I have never met a trustee who had a selfish reason for serving on the board,” Adam said. “Everyone who I have served with has been involved in the cause and dedicated to helping the students of Cy-Fair ISD.”

Adam is a member of the board’s executive committee.  His zest for the Foundation/s mission has been passed on to two of his daughters – Leigh Ann Thompson and Rebecca Howren – who serve as members of the board of trustees.

Leigh Ann is a past chairman of the board, and she and Rebecca serve as members of the board’s Scholarship Committee.

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CFEF Awards
Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant Award Stepping Up Top 50 Award Stepping Up Top 10 Award Great Non-profits Top Rated Award 2020 Top-Rated Award from Great Nonprofits
Our Mission

We raise funds to increase college access by awarding scholarships to Cy-Fair ISD graduates and dual credit scholarships for current students. Funds raised also promote excellence in teaching by providing staff development programs to CFISD.