Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation

Our Mission

Provide funding for the enhancement of learning opportunities not otherwise available to the students in Schenectady Public Schools.

The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established under the laws of the State of New York.  It is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 © 3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation was established to create new opportunities for students and educators in our community.

Since 2006 we awarded 179 grants totaling $133,143.00.  Grants have been used to fund a green house, musical instruments, physical education activities, classroom libraries, mini computers, author visits, field trips, and a number of very creative activities. We also work with other organizations that support the schools, help the summer recreation program and contribute to the backpack program.

Celebrating Education 2016-2017

It is time to celebrate the achievements of Schenectady’s students and teachers and the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation. The Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation will be holding its annual Education Celebration Thursday, January 19, 2016.  Festivities will be from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at Proctors.

The annual gala is held to celebrate education and the achievements of the students and staff of the Schenectady School District.  The evening is devoted to reflecting on some of the school district’s achievements and most generous benefactors. Entertainment will be provided by Schenectady High School student musicians, while attendees enjoy hors d’oeuvres and have the opportunity to participate in a raffle. The event is catered by the SCSD Culinary students and entertainment is provided by the students of Dave Gleason, Krista Hawk and Scott Heller

The Foundation will pay tribute to members of the school community with our Crystal Apple Awards, which are given to a community organization that contributes to the education of our students and to a Distinguished Alumnus. The Dr. Ray & June Benenson Community Service Award recipient is Reading Is Fun and The Ernie Kahn Outstanding Alumnus recipient is Shirley Readdean. Meghan Libertucci  is the Teacher of the Year. We will also recognize the recipients of the 2016-17 grants. These winners serve as a valuable reminder of the importance of education and service to community.

The mission of the Schenectady City School District Educational Foundation is to provide supplemental funding for the enhancement of learning opportunities for the students in the Schenectady Public Schools.  Since 2006 the foundation has awarded 208 grants worth about $165,000. The evening is a tribute to the students and to the adults who have contributed to that mission. You can be an Honorary Committee member with a donation of $500, $250 or $100.  Cost per person to attend is $40.00. Teachers may attend for a cost of $25.00

We look forward to you joining us for this most pleasant gathering with community members, alumni, and staff.  For further information please contact Rick Gentile at or call 928-0797 or Bill Schultz at or call 393-4521.