About

The Deer Creek Schools Foundation promotes and funds the academic and artistic achievement of all students and teachers of Deer Creek Public Schools.
The Deer Creek Schools Foundation prepares each Deer Creek Public School student for life’s future challenges in a global-based economy.
We impact the academic success of every Deer Creek student.
We value creative and innovative education.
We value the stewardship of the contributions the foundation receives.
We value education as the means to every child’s potential and goals
We value being different from other public school districts.
We value participation from all Deer Creek School District stakeholders.
We value a culture of excellence.
We value the positive impact teachers have on students.
Financial growth is critical to our success; we value the patrons of Deer Creek Schools.
We value leadership.

In 1980 a group of Deer Creek patrons felt there was the need for private financial support of the Deer Creek School district. This was partly in response to the lack of any significant commercial/industrial tax base within the school system. This resulted in the formation of the Deer Creek Schools Foundation.

Since that time, the foundation’s primary mission has been to fund special academic projects from Deer Creek teachers that were submitted for approval to the Foundation. Fund raising has always been the primary mission of the DCSF. This has been accomplished primarily by solicitation of Deer Creek patrons for tax deductible contributions.

To provide supplemental money to fund special academic projects. This is accomplished mainly by fundraising efforts of the DCSF.
To provide personal monetary enrichment to the teacher of the year, teachers obtaining national certification, and four high school seniors who are each awarded a $1000 scholarship
To provide recognition for academic achievement in the form of a reception which honors any graduating senior in the top 15 percent of their class or has a 4.0 gpa (unweighted) or greater. The reception also honors any student in grades 6-11 who are in the top 10 percent of their class or has a 4.0 gpa (unweighted) or greater.
To maintain an efficiently organized and administrated organization that is committed to academic excellence in Deer Creek Public Schools.

2019-2020 Officers


President – Jennifer Elliott
Vice President – Paul Gebb
Secretary – Gerald Elrod
Past President – Kyle Schulz

Trustees


Robbyn Benn
Barry Cunningham
Jay Corwin
Jennifer Elliott
Gerald Elrod
Paul Gebb
Aaron Gwartney
Steve Haddock
Chris James
Aaron Penix
Jaena Poppe
Kyle Schulz
Jack Wheeler
Kyle Williams
Jason Zaloudik

Dr. Danny Barnes (School Board Representative)

Other


Executive Committee
Comprised of the president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer. Deals with the day to day operation of the DCSF.

Board Development Committee
Composed of various executive committee members and trustees. Its focus is on trustee recruitment, evaluation, and general governance of the foundation.

Grant Committee
Composed of trustees and non-trustee volunteers. This committee is crucial in identifying areas of acadmic need within the district, interfacing with school officials , reviewing teacher grant requests, and monitoring the grant implementation.

Public Relations Committee
Composed of trustees and non trustee volunteers. This committee deals with all public relations aspects of the DCSF. Organization of speakers for back to school nights, maintence of the web site, press releases, are just a few of this important committee’s tasks.

Fundraising Committee
Comprised of trustees and non-trustee volunteers. The fundraising committee oversees all aspects of every fundraising activity of the foundation.

Golf Committee
Comprised and trustees and non-trustee volunteers. This committee handles all aspects of our annual golf tournament help in the spring.

Awards Reception Committee
Comprises of trustees and non-trustee volunteers. This committees job is to plan and execute the DCSF’s annual academic awards ceremony.

Robotics Committee

Scholarship Committee
Comprised of trustees and non-trustee volunteers. The scholarship committee reviews scholarship applications for the 5 scholarships offered by the DCSF.

The backbone of the enrichment foundation is the trustees. These trustees represent a diverse group of Deer Creek parents who have demonstrated a commitment to the DCSF.

The governing power of the organization rests with all the trustees who are voting members. From the board of trustees, the executive committee is elected. The president, vice-president, treasurer and secretary make up the executive committee. The executive committee is responsible for the ultimate leadership of the DCSF and its day-to-day function.

The DCSF functions under a comprehensive and strict set of bylaws that are carefully followed. 

After the DCSF was formed, it was determined that the endowment required professional investment management. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation was chosen to manage the foundation’s investments.

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a local, very well respected, non-profit, public charity that specializes in the investment management of nonprofit endowments. Our association with the Oklahoma City Community foundation allows us the have expert investment management by the nations’ 16th largest community foundation.

The Oklahoma City Community foundation has literally hundreds of millions of dollars in assets in hundreds of different endowments. The expenses charged by the OKC community foundation for investment management is minimal compared to the benefits we receive from this locally operated, highly respected organization. The annual disbursement from the OKC Community foundation to the DCSF is calculated by averaging the total value of the DCSF investments for each of the past 12 quarters and disbursing 5 percent of that value each year. The amount of this disbursement combined with the contributions we receive that year from patron donations are used to fund the teacher grants and other activities.

Mission Statement:

The Deer Creek Schools Foundation promotes and funds the academic and artistic achievement of all students and teachers of Deer Creek Public Schools.

Scholarships

Please Note:  The 2019/2020 Application deadline is 12:00PM on February 28th, 2020 and must be turned into the High School Counselor.

MS-WORD Format


Scholarship application instructions (Word)
Scholarship application (Word)

Scholarship recipients will be listed here each year when those students have been awarded the DCSF Scholarship.

2019 — TBD
2018 — Ethan Renner, Preston Seibel
2017 — Inaara Soomar, Nicholas Oldham
2016 — Rachel Terry, Andrew Barton
2015 — Abigale White, Jonathan Young
2014 — Kathryn Ewing, Joe Wathika
2013 — Allison Mee, Vincent Tang
2012 — MaKenna Rickner, Carey McCachern
2011 — Dian Sultzbach, Troy Tyler
2010 — Joshua Stickney, Paige Patrick
2009 — Jennifer James, Hunter Kaestner
2008 — Megan Caudill, William Shrauner
2007 — Zachary Cruse, Jocelyn Taylor
2006 — David James, Linzy Sprinkle
2005 — Blake O’Brien, Kaci Schack
2004 — Hannah Andrus, Miles Findley
2003 — Blake Thompson, Lindsay Weir
2002 — Patrick Barnas, Brianne Webb
2001 — Josh Snavely, Sarah Albahadily
2000 — Eneva Whitney, Sean Holvech
1993 — Kari Newman, James Longton
1992 — Erin Holloman, Joshua Loehrke
1991 — Michelle Thumm, Carter Cowan
1990 — Holly McDaniel, Greg Yeager
1989 — Elisabeth Loehrke
1988 — Jennifer French
1987 — Penny Patterson
1986 — Dana Bradford

2019 — TBD
2018 — Kathryn Donnell, Ellory Meyers
2017 — Nadia Khoda, Christopher White
2016 — Jessica Lumry, Hayden Fox
2015 — Kelsy Schlotthauer, Brian Burling
2014 — Lillie Martin, Jake Bardell
2013 — Kacie Cardenas, Connor Stockton
2012 — Emma Luecke, Yoseful Haque
2011 — Kristiani Miller, Jalen Burnett
2010 — Courtney Redwine, Aaron White
2009 — Jennifer Leslie, Caseb Chang
2008 — Alise Denton, Michael Crawford
2007 — Joshua Chang, Michele Waldroop
2006 — Michael Huff, Kalyn Neal
2005 — Zachary Monnet, Alisha Hepp
2004 — Erica Christensen, James Harlan
2003 — Andrew Heaton, Jaclyn McNeil
2002 — Josh Woodward, Emily Rose

2019 — TBD
2018 — Robert “Connor” Bowen
2017 — Reagan Meyer
2016 — Harper Holloman

2012 — Carey McCachern
2011 — Emma Fritz
2010 — Ashley Williams
2009 — Sheridan Lindley
2008 — Kristen Snyder
2007 — Jessica Mackiewicz

Grants

Teacher Grant Application
This year’s grant applications can be scanned and emailed to grants@dcsfoundation.org no later than 5:00 pm, Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.  Applicants will be notified of award via email by Friday, January 18th, 2020.

Below are the guidelines for the grant application and the grant application document:

Teacher grant procedures and guidelines
Teacher grant application

For questions or concerns, please email grants@dcsfoundation.org or call Jay Corwin at 405-250-4858.


DCSF Teacher Grant Recipients
Each year recipients of the DCSF grants will be posted below.

The Deer Creek Schools Foundation prepares each Deer Creek Public School student for life’s future challenges in a global-based economy.

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