With our new superintendent and his vision for all students and their success, a new scholarship program has been created for graduating seniors who have displayed great character and resilience in the face of adversity.
This prestigious scholarship award of up to $5000 will be available to students who have experienced the traumatic loss of a parent, severe poverty, health issues, homelessness or other extenuating circumstances. The Exceptional Student Superintendent Scholars award selection will not be based solely on academics but also on adversity that may make higher education or career/vocational training difficult for students to attain. The intent of the award would be to select scholars by their accomplishments and tremendous potential for success with the ultimate goal to give back to our community after graduation.
A STEAM Matching BEEF Grant will allow teachers and campuses to apply for innovative and creative methods in the classrooms to accomplish and enhance initiatives of Belton Independent School District. Funds would allow campuses to provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
A STEAM-related grant would benefit our community at large by:
The Belton Educational Enrichment Foundation founded in 1992 is an independent, community based, non-profit organization. Grants are provided to teachers to stimulate innovation and excellence in education for the enrichment of our students. The scholarships to our Belton ISD graduates continue to expand access to post-secondary education. In December 2019, $48,825.72 in grants were given to 19 teachers and 11 campuses which will assist them in having a lasting impact on our student success. Campus Grants (December 2019) awarded $15,000 to 3 campuses for literacy grants for books in the classroom. Paraprofessional Grants (December 2019) awarded 11 in the amount $1000 each allowing para- professionals to continue their education and complete their educational goal.
In May 2020, 134 scholarships totaling $246,000 were awarded to graduating seniors from Belton New Tech High School @ Waskow and Belton High School. One hundred percent of our funding comes from private sources including individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Foundation is governed by 30 volunteer Board of Directors who represent various segments of the Belton ISD community. The Board's primary purpose is to work together with the school district to ensure student success.