How we help

Enhancing Public Education for a Better Community 

We know that successful public schools are crucial for our city to prosper. At KSDEF, we're committed to improving educational outcomes, ensuring all students thrive academically and personally. We focus on creating opportunities so every student can benefit from top-notch public education and graduate ready for future success.

Teachers play a key role in student achievements. That's why we support them with resources to help students succeed. Using various avenues, we work to increase graduation rates and enhance teacher effectiveness through classroom grants and scholarships.

Together, we're shaping a brighter future for Kearney by prioritizing educational excellence.


The Foundation offers scholarships to support graduating seniors pursuing higher education. These scholarships are available to students who enroll in universities, state colleges, technical colleges, or vocational programs to help defray the cost of tuition. 

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Teacher innovation grants

Teacher Innovation Grants (TIGs) enable teachers to create new, innovative STEAM-based classroom programs. These programs would not be possible within the current school district budget, and the Foundation helps to make these programs a reality.

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special requests grants

Various groups can submit fund requests within the school district. The Foundation has financially supported groups such as the music department, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, and numerous other groups and initiatives. 

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KSD Education Foundation is committed to enriching the education provided to all students by Kearney School District. The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported by private donations.