On Monday, May 18, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. Temple High School hosted a virtual Awards Ceremony to announce the Class of 2020 scholarship recipients. Along with scholarships sponsored by the high school were 42 general, named, and endowed scholarships made possible through the Temple Education Foundation (TEF). TEF’s mission is “maximizing opportunities for all students in the Temple Independent School District.” Through year-long fundraising efforts such as the fall’s Distinguished Alumni event and the TISD Staff Giving Campaign, TEF was able to award over $115,000 in scholarships to Temple High School’s Class of 2020.
On March 2, 2020, the Temple Education Foundation hosted the 2020 Academic Recognition Celebration at the Western Hills Church of Christ. This event honors the top 20% of Temple High School’s graduating class. Students were informed about this recognition in small meetings with the TEF Program Committee chair, Rebekah Little. At this meeting, the students were asked to submit the names of three of their favorite teachers throughout their time in Temple schools. The students also turned in individual letters to each of their three chosen teachers, which were given to the teachers at the Ceremony. The letters are special mementos that the teachers keep to remind them of the impact they had on their students. “The event was like a family reunion, no one seemed to want to leave,” said TEF Chairperson, Becky Montgomery. Some of the teachers honored had not seen their students since elementary school-days, while others go to class or practice with their honored teacher every day at Temple High. It was a special night to recognize a special group of students and teachers.
This year TEF funded over $56,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants. TEF serves as a launching pad for teachers to try out innovative teaching ideas that otherwise might be impossible.
The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) was presented with $26,000 from the Callaway Foundation at the Temple Education Foundation’s Distinguished Alumni Event this past October. This money, along with other funds from a previous scholarship from the Callaway Foundation, will be awarded to 2020 Temple Independent School District (TISD) graduating seniors. A total of eight $5,000 scholarships will be given to high school students pursuing some element of secondary education.
J. L. and Bonnelle Callaway created the Foundation in July of 2002, one year before each of their deaths. The Callaways formed the Foundation to enhance the futures of high school graduates and to help students realize their dreams. J. L. Callaway worked for McLane Company in Temple for more than 55 years as one of its key senior executives. The Foundation is administered by Kevin Koch and wife, Hope, an associate professor of Information Systems at Baylor University.
In the spring, the Callaway Foundation scholarships and around 30 other general TEF, endowed, named, and pass through scholarships will be given to THS Class of 2020 students.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, The Temple Education Foundation (TEF) hosted the annual Distinguished Alumni Event, honoring four individuals who have made significant contributions to the Temple community and the students and families of TISD. Honored that evening were Mr. Thomas Baird (Temple High School, class of 1971), Dr. Sonjanette Crossley (Meridith-Dunbar High School, class of 1968), Mrs. Dorothy Powell (Dunbar High School, class of 1949), and Mr. Wendell Williams (Temple High School, class of 1966).