Educational Foundation Celebration
Our Story:

The Foundation was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1999 to be a source of charitable

funds for Greater Clark County Schools. As a result of our generous donors and excellent

board leadership, we have grown from giving away several hundred dollars annually to

providing over $130,000 in grants each year. That’s money that makes a difference in

classrooms, such as helping fund programs like the Academies of Greater Clark that

prepares our High School students for their post-secondary endeavors. We have also

supported ACT testing for all juniors, Teacher Externships, Creative Classroom Grants,

Theatre Art Grants, VEX Robotics, Guided Level Reading Materials for our Elementary

Schools, Great Clark Family Night Out with the Harlem Wizards and our Teacher Supply


Our Support:

Our annual Champions for Children event is our largest fundraising event. This is a night of celebrating our GCCS Staff, Alumni, and Business Partners. We also are grateful for the Bales Foundation, our GCCS Employees, & various other donors who help make caring out our mission possible.

Additional Information
Teacher observing students doing practice work

The goal of the Greater Clark County Schools Educational Foundation Grant Awards
Program is to encourage educators to provide innovative and creative classroom activities.

Thanks to a partnership with German American Bank, in 2019-20 the Foundation was able
to provide innovative learning assistance to over 7,000 students and 40 educators with over
$20,000 in Creative Classroom Grants!

Fall Application Process is OPEN (July 1st – August 31st)

Creative Classroom Grant Guidelines

The Foundation has established the following guidelines:

● Staff members who oversee a group of students for the majority of the school day are eligible to submit a proposal for grants.

● Due to limited funds, you are allowed to receive one grant each academic calendar year.

● Grant funds may not be used for individuals to earn extra credit in credit college courses and or professional development.

● Grant funds may not be used for field trips and or transportation.

● Grant requests can not exceed the amount of $500 , unless prior approval from the GCCS Educational Foundation Executive Director.

● We encourage that the project enhances the students’ learning experiences in one or more subject areas (language arts, math, science, social studies, related arts, etc.).

● If you are a previous recipient of a grant and you have not completed your evaluation paperwork you must submit this before being considered for a new grant.

Grant Submission Dates:

1. All grants for the fall will be reviewed and approved at the September board meeting.

The online application will open on July 1st and remain open till August 31st.

2. All grants for the spring will be reviewed and approved at the January board meeting.

The online application will open on October 1st and remain open till November 30th.

We wish we could fund all grants received but the amount available is limited. The Foundation Grants Committee will review each application and will set forth a recommendation to the Foundation Board on grants to be funded each semester. After the grants are approved at the coinciding board meeting, you will receive an email on whether your grant was approved.

Teachers in front of a bus with school supplies

Did you know on average educators spend $1,000 out of their own pocket every year on classroom supply needs for their students? It’s true! The GCCS Educational Foundation created the Teacher Supply Bus to help with those needs.

Want to get involved? We are looking for partners who may be interested in hosting a supply drive or sponsoring a school. If you would like more information about this, please contact, Executive Director, Emily Oliver-Jones at

Students attending Youth Conference

The GCCS Educational Foundation houses two scholarships at the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana. You can find more information on the David Pulliam & Judith Hayes Scholarships by clicking here.

NEW! GCCS Educational Foundation launched a Minorities In Education Scholarship Fund.

This scholarship will encourage Greater Clark minority students to not only pursue a career in education but, to return to Greater Clark and teach in one of our schools. Stay tuned on when this scholarship will officially be available to our students.

If you would like to support this scholarship, please contact the GCCS Educational Foundation at (812) 288-4802 ext. 50600 or email

GCCS Board Members

Chair – Josh Hillman, Dan Cristiani Excavating, Inc.

Co-Chair – Donna Ennis, Indiana American Water

Secretary – Meghan Paschal, AP Electric

Treasurer – Susan Acree, MCM CPA’s & Advisors

Jay Conner, Meritrust Wealth Management

Amy Burnette, Frost Brown Todd

Kofi Darku, Ivy Tech

Mark Eddy, Leadership Southern Indiana

Nancy Kraft, Retired

Mark Laughner, Superintendent of GCCS

Janice Leavell, Retired Educator

Gus Luckert, Retired Educator

Scott Minton, Republic Bank

Kristin Pickerell, Norton Healthcare

Matt Pulley, Amazon

Julie Straight, Retired Educator

Joe Wood, Dan Cristiani Excavating

Kenton Wooden, Falls of the Ohio

Teresa Bottorff-Perkins, GCCS School Board of Trustees Representative

Mark Felix, GCEA Representative

2112 Utica-Sellersburg Rd
Jeffersonville, IN 47130

(812) 288-4802 ext. 50600

Meet our Executive Director, Emily Oliver-Jones. Emily is a GCCS alumni, former GCCS employee, and a proud GCCS parent. Her passion for giving back to educators stems from her past education experience with GCCS as well as all her friendships with many of our district educators.  She believes that our educators give so much of themselves to our future generations that she wants to be a part of their support team!

We want YOU to be a part of our story! Click here to contact Emily on opportunities to volunteer, serve on our board, and/or give.

Click here to send a message to the Greater Clark Educational Foundation.

Click here to donate to Greater Clark Educational Foundation.

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