McDowell Seniors are invited to apply for our scholarships for college or career/technical school support.
The 2022 MEF Scholarship Application submission window is now CLOSED.
Recipients will be notified
on or before graduation.
“Inspiration for Instruction” New Classroom Teacher Grant
July 15 By August 15
The “Inspiration for Instruction” Grant Application is open to any new classroom teacher employed by the Millcreek Township School District that meets the eligibility of being a first-time, Pre-K-12 classroom teacher. Click on the Application link below to review eligibility.
Breanna Elder (Tracy Elementary)
Kristina Keith (JS Wilson)
Tessa Moseley (Sarah Reed/Ridgefield)
Alexandria Smith (Westlake)
Shayla Brown: 5th Grade, Belle Valley
Andrea Chizewick: 1st Grade, Belle Valley
Courtney Deiner: 4th Grade, Grandview
Alexa Schultz: 4th Grade, Belle Valley
MTSD teachers and staff have an opportunity to seek mini grant funding of up to $2,000.00 for programs, projects, supplies, and professional development.
August 1 September 30
December 1 January 31
April 1 May 31
Please note: As of October 1, 2018, we no longer accept grant requests
for PAR or School Wide Positive Behavior Initiatives.
MEF "Bright Spots" are nominated by colleagues for his/her seemingly effortless ability to make things easier and better for others. "Bright Spots" are given simple treats and a sign to hold onto for a week and then are asked to nominate another for this designation.
The 2021-2022 Bright Spots (so far)
Ashley Samluk Adam Marshall
Rita Roberts Jess Alesso
Nick Emmanuelle Sherri Shaffer
Lisa Shelatz Kelle Beresik
Jonathan Kern Pam Swanson
Jill White Megan Clark Lesley Neville Tarra Brown Sarah Stoops
Martha Patsy Mary Haibach
Jennifer Miller Mary McMullen Jennifer Holmberg Shannon Callaghan Tracey Coon Hollie Zameroski Jessica Quiggle Sheryl Bennett
Kathy Kulasa Amanda Inscho
Adam Bucheral Amy Sturm
Rachel Morey Carrie Murabito
Ashley Rapp Marcia Berarducci Jamie Soboleski Andrea Wells Shannon Patton Aleasha Nemet
Shelly Kowalski Veronica Naughton
Dan Wirley Lauren Brady
Lori Hirtzel Nicole Rupp Emily Kitcho
Liz Daoust Danielle White
Libby Thompson Renee Vollbrecht Mary Dudenhoeffer Diane MacWilliams Kayla Fonner Lori Coleman
Brandon Maxwell Lesley Bottoni Christopher Williams
Congratulations to our latest grant recipients!
• Brandon Edwards/McDowell High School: Materials and resources to establish a Free Enterprise Club
• Lori Hirtzel/Belle Valley: Staff development for the elementary physical education and kindergarten teachers at all elementary schools to get a refresh in the action-based learning course
• Melinda Marshall/McDowell: A new camera and extended lens for the Yearbook Club.
• Hillary Fenell & Tami Pulice/Grandview: Storage, organizational, and decorative items to set-up a school store
• Sherri Shafer/Grandview: Math Stackers (math tinkerer, math thinker kits & bundle) for use by all kindergarten students
• Jerry Anderson & Michael McKinney/McDowell: 5 back-drop stage curtains for the McDowell Marching Band
Next MEF grant applications are due April 1st!
FREE before school, girls only, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) hands-on, interactive program. Students are introduced to women mentors working in the field and participate in activities. This is a “Make and Take” experience with the idea that each student will make something, take it with them to show their peers, their family, and others. This is an empowering tool to encourage creativity and participation.
The program is held in the 5 Millcreek Township School District elementary schools (Asbury, Belle Valley, Chestnut Hill, Grandview, Tracy). It has a multi-fold purpose - to engage young women in the possibilities of STEAM and to get essential equipment and supplies into the schools where all students will benefit.
Our Sparks program has been developed to recognize students completing middle school that exemplify the characteristics of being invested in the school community and possess a spark worthy of admiration. Principals and middle school faculty chose two “Sparks” per 8th grade team –4 students from each MTSD middle school to be recognized with this designation. Students are selected by the following criteria: Demonstrates
Each “Spark” will be required to submit information annually to the Millcreek Education Foundation to be eligible for a financial award upon graduation from McDowell High School.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 SPARKS!
JS Wilson Middle School: Ashlee Sallot, Shawn Chludzinski, Ike Patton,
Walnut Creek Middle School:
Jennifer Duong, Brady Kramer,
Abriella Whatmore, Dominic Zeto
Westlake: Alayna Denofrio,
Ananya Patanakul, Jersey Niemenski,
(The form link will be posted on the MEF website May 15-June 15 each year and must be submitted by June 15 midnight.)
MEF supports the Millcreek Township School District with many special projects.
360° Cameras were recently purchased to provide an inside look at the capital improvement projects being done in the school buildings and Millcreek Education Center (MEC). Originally, the plan was to provide actual bus "field trips" to buildings to show the issues highlighted in the Town Hall Meetings conducted in 2018 and 2019, With the buildings closed to the public,
the plan shifted to the 360° viewpoint
of the work being done.
After the work is completed, we will provide virtual tours to showcase the upgrades and share with viewers the incredible things happening in these buildings to support Millcreek students.
McDowell students will be able to use the cameras for creating virtual field trips to be shared with other students and to craft creative projects in multi-media courses.
For more information on MTSD's "Focus on the Future" plan for capital improvements: https://www.mtsd.org/community/long-term-facilities-plan/mtsd-focus-on-our-future
MEF has a booth each year at McDowell High School's College & Career Night in September. We are there to answer any questions about our scholarships and the different things we do to support students throughout the school district.