The foundation also awards a series of prestigious fellowships to early career education researchers, typically pre-tenured professors at research intensive institutions. Each fellowship is for a total of $55,000 and is for one or two years depending on the preference of the recipient. The fellowship relieves the researcher from a year's worth of teaching responsibilities in order to pursue an innovative and important education research project. The average number of fellowships awarded is 20 out of 200 applicants each year. Selection is determined by a committee of members of the National Academy of Education. Only scholars who have graduated from their doctorates within the previous five years may apply. Recipients of the fellowship also are recognized as the most promising young scholars in education research, and this is widely considered to be one of the top distinctions available to an early career researcher.
In addition to these research funding programs, the Foundation oversees several programs to strengthen the research capacity of individual education researchers and of Researcher-Practitioner teams. The Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs and the Midcareer Grant Program provide funding for scholars at various points in their careers. The Midcareer Grant Program targets scholars who are seven to twenty years post doctorate. The Research-Practice Partnership Grant Program provides funding for established researcher-practitioner teams who are conducting thorough and in-depth descriptive research and collaboratively developing long-term research agendas.
In addition to charities, the foundation has spotlighted specific families in need. In 2010, the region was shocked to hear of the brutal death of young Dominick Calhoun and made the sweet young one the focus of the outing. In 2011, we were made aware of the passing of a bright light named Kendal Lividini and were proud to sponsor the event in her name. The 2013 event featured the theme “Play Like Jackson” in honor of Fenton youth Jackson Gangwer whom we lost at the age of 12 in April of that year. In 2014, the celebrity softball players participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Foundation also honored Lakeland High Schooler Spencer Hale on August 22, 2015. Spencer endured the loss of a leg recently from a rare form of cancer. Help us help Spencer realize his dream to play hockey again.