Partnership Fund Announces First Annual TJ Community Grants
In January, the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Partnership Fund, Inc. (PF) announced the five recipients of its first TJ Community Grants, given to TJ’s clubs, organizations, and boosters for activities that support the School’s mission. Academic Boosters, which raises funds for several of the School’s academic teams, is perennially underfunded, forcing many of those teams to make hard choices. Moreover, there are numerous worthy non-academic teams, clubs, and groups with no booster support. The PF sees its new program as an important expansion of its direct support for community activities that will fill a growing need.
The grants exclude scholarships and travel expenses, but can be used for tournament fees, equipment and technology, supplies, event costs, and just about anything else groups need. Each application must be submitted with the approval of a TJ faculty or staff member, and all applications are reviewed by a team of TJ faculty, staff, and administration, who make funding recommendations to the PF.
The first grant recipients are:
Botball Club: Regional tournament entry fees
Chess Team: State and national tournament entry fees
Product Design Club: DIY 3D printer to support club’s activities
TWIST (Tomorrow’s Women in Science & Technology): Science & Techstravaganza outreach event hosted by club
Varsity Math Team: TJIMO (Intermediate Math Open) outreach event hosted by team
The next grant cycle will begin in fall 2016. The PF hopes to double the total amount of funds distributed next year.
In addition to funding equipment for TJ’s new research labs and science classrooms, technology used throughout the school, and major athletic facilities improvements through its Campaign for TJ, the PF also supports faculty professional development and funds the One Question Grants, tjSTAR, and other school programs.