Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation, A Best Kept Secret

Did you know students in the Cuyahoga Falls City School District have access to thousands of scholarship dollars in an annual scholarship program? Did you know the Cuyahoga Falls City School District teachers have a place to turn to request small grants to purchase supplies and materials for their classrooms? Did you know there is an organization that has helped to link together thousands of CFHS alumni?

The Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation exists to do all of these things and more. Led by a board of trustees made up of alumni, parents and community members, the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation strives to support the students, staff and alumni of the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools District through growing financial support.

The Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Foundation was founded in 1984 by Dr. Harold E.Wilson,Superintendent of Cuyahoga Falls City Schools; William H. Barth, Assistant Superintendent; John W. Steinhauer, former assistant superintendent; John David Jones and Gary L. Marshall. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees originally established the organization to assist with class reunions by compiling address lists for reunion committees.

In its early days, the Foundation also wanted to recognize distinguished alumni and began the important work of awarding scholarships to CFHS graduating seniors through the inception of the annual scholarship program. In 1990, the Foundation also began to award grants to teachers within the Cuyahoga Falls City School District for classroom projects and improvements.

As the Foundation continued to evolve, it went through a rebuilding program in the early 2000s led by former superintendent, Dr. Edwin Holland, and Dr. Wilson to create a strategic plan and recruit strong members to take the Foundation into the 21st Century.

Since that time, the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation has assisted in funding the construction of a training facility for the Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Department and a digital sign for Cuyahoga Falls High School. The Foundation has also hosted All Alumni Weekends that included golf outings, pancake breakfasts, classic car shows, and high school tours during August of 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Most importantly, the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Foundation has significantly increased the annual scholarship program to impressive levels. In 2009, 41 scholarships were awarded to CFHS graduating seniors, totaling $91,500. In 2010, 43 scholarships were awarded, totaling $108,000. In 2011, the Foundation granted 42 scholarships totaling $108,000. At its most recent recognition reception, held on May 9, 2012, in the little theater of Cuyahoga Falls High School, 48 graduating seniors were awarded scholarships totaling $135,000.

The Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation is a strong partner in the pursuit of educational excellence in a changing world. For more information, or to get involved, visit the Cuyahoga Falls Schools Foundation.