Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Ed Foundation celebrates 25 years of giving scholarships

COLERIDGE — The Coleridge Community Educational Foundation, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of granting scholarships to graduating seniors and helping students by providing academic enhancement grants for supplies and educational materials that are used in the classroom.

Since the Foundation’s beginning in 1988 over $150,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Coleridge graduates.

Scholarships are awarded each year to help the Coleridge students further their education.

A Scholarship Committee looks at the applications, along with the criteria and makes the selections for the scholarships according to Dave Hansen, President of the Educational Foundation.

The Coleridge Community Educational Foundation has provided assistance to the school in a number of ways through the years.

The Foundation donated over $100,000 toward the construction of the school building addition which housed the Distance Learning Lab.

The Foundation also facilitated fund raising in the amount of $20,000 for new playground equipment and partnered with the Coleridge Athletic Boosters in the fund drive for the Coleridge Community Health and Fitness Center.

The Foundation organized and hosted All-Class Reunions in 2000, 2005, 2008 and will be also be hosting this year’s 2013 All-Class Reunion which will be held July 6.

The Foundation is always open to new members, donations and endowments.

“We welcome anyone. You do not need to be an alum to be a member,” Hansen said.


The Coleridge Community Educational Foundation has been in existence for 25 years and will be continuing their work in the future.

The Coleridge and Laurel-Concord School Districts have been working together through an inter-local agreement over the past several years. School board members are now taking a look at consolidation.

“If the district would consolidate with another district or change in structure, our plan is to continue helping students who are based in the Coleridge district,” Hansen said.

The Foundation will still be accepting endowments and donations and will continue the scholarship program according to Hansen.

The Foundation’s goal has been to provide scholarships for continuing the education of students beyond high school and to improve the educational atmosphere and facilities of the Coleridge school district.


The current CCEF Board of Directors includes Dave Hansen, Lori Arduser, Laura Dendinger, Betty Colwell, Brian Holcomb, Jeremy Hall and Landon Jansen.

The Coleridge Community Educational Foundation operates on donations and bequests. For more information about becoming a member, making a donation, or setting up an endowment or scholarship, please contact any of the Board members.