Education Foundation

Mark Wilson, an Arkansas High School alumnus, started TAEF in 2004 with a $50,000 contribution as his way of honoring his parents, Joe and Camille Wilson, who taught at Texarkana Arkansas School District for 20 years. Wilson gives the foundation $25,000 annually and then matches what the community has raised, up to $25,000. He said the foundation gives those who would like to help a place to give. Through Wilson’s vision and local contributions, TAEF has fostered excellence in the school district by underwriting grants for arts, sciences, foreign language studies, special needs students and social studies.

The foundation is focused on teachers with innovative ideas who are willing to put in time and effort to see ideas become success stories. These teachers apply for grants. In the process of the seeking the grant, teachers visit with the foundation’s board of directors to explain the purpose, values and number of students their projects will benefit. The foundation has already donated more than $400,000 to Texarkana, Ark., schools because of Wilson’s pledge and community support for TASD students.

Foundation officials say TAEF, a nonprofit organization, is like a booster club, but completely separate from the school district. Arkansas High School alumni, supportive parents and grandparents, retired TASD teachers and various partners all form the financial base of contributors.


For more information contact:

Jennifer Chesshir


Click here for a copy of the application form

“Awarded grant money must be spent within 6 months of the award date. At the end of 6 months any unused funds will be reallocated to future grantees.”

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