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Students at Suit Drive

The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools will be expanding the annual suit drive thanks to a $35,000 one-time grant gifted by the Kashian Family Foundation. This year, our suit drive collected 5,000 items of clothing, more than twice the number of items collected last year. The collection provided district juniors and seniors with free professional attire at the Suited for Success event, held for the first time at McLane High School.

The Kashian Family Foundation’s generous grant will also be used to provide scholarships for five graduating seniors who are part of Fresno Unified’s Project ACCESS. This program provides support to foster and homeless youths as they take steps toward college education and careers. The grant was welcomed warmly by both Interim Superintendent Misty Her and Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools Executive Director Wendy McCulley, who expressed their gratitude to the Kashian Family Foundation.

For the first time, the Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools will hand out scholarships from the Amazon Scholarships program. Three Fresno Unified students will be the recipients, with Christian Delgado from Bullard High School, Kimmy Liu from Edison High School, and Juan Diaz Montes from Sunnyside High School each receiving a $10,000 scholarship. This $30,000 total contribution from Amazon is the single largest donation of scholarships yet given to Fresno Unified.

Since the program started in 2009, Fresno Unified has awarded nearly $2 million in scholarships, with $400,000 of that being awarded just this year to 289 graduates. An additional $24,000 in other scholarships brings the total to $424,000 for 292 graduates—the largest amount handed out in the history of the district.

A new initiative is underway to honor the unsung heroes who shape the lives of students and leave an indelible mark on the community. The Mentors Matter giving campaign, led by The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools, is not just a tribute to mentors, but a rallying call for gratitude and support.

To learn more about the program and its first honorees, visit the Mentors Matter giving campaign’s page, or view pages 32 and 33 of the FACES digital magazine.

April 9, 2024 – High school juniors and seniors from across our district had the opportunity to select professional dress items for free at the “Suited for Success” shopping event, hosted by The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools on April 9 at McLane High School. As they prepared for summer internships, job interviews, collegiate events and other professional opportunities, students chose from lightly worn suits, shirts, skirts, dresses and accessories. The items were collected during the Foundation’s second annual suit drive.

This fun shopping event also included food trucks, a DJ and volunteer clothing consultants to help students put together winning outfits. The Transportation Department provided transit for students from their schools to the event.

April 4, 2024 – Great news for our district’s Hmong programs! The California Wellness Foundation awarded The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools a $40,000 one-time grant to establish a cultural exchange program for staff and students in our Hmong programs. The funds will allow for additional culturally enriching opportunities such as a trip overseas. Fresno Unified offers a Hmong dual language immersion pathway for preschool through Grade 12 with programs at Vang Pao and Balderas Elementary Schools, Sequoia Middle School and Roosevelt High School. Fresno Unified also offers Hmong heritage classes for high school students. The grant will be used to support educators and broaden experiences for students.

The Foundation is also hosting a campaign on the Adopt-a-Project crowdfunding platform, seeking donations to match the California Wellness Foundation grant.  […]

March 12, 2024 – Any of the clothing not taken during the shopping event will be distributed to school clothing closets throughout Fresno Unified. […]

February 27, 2024 – The Foundation for Fresno Unified School District is hosting “Spill the Tea,” a high-tea event, in celebration of International Women’s Month on March 7 from 11 am to 1 pm at The Painted Table. […]

February 6, 2024 – The Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools collaborated with Lexia Learning to provide a free screening of “The Right to Read” at Fresno High School’s Royce Hall on Monday, February 5, 2024. The documentary, which profiles educators and civil rights advocates in Oakland and parents in Virginia and Tennessee, frames the importance of literacy as a civil right that must be accessible to all students. […]

January 17, 2024 – FUSD scholarship applications are now open and the Foundation for Fresno Unified Schools is encouraging seniors to apply now. Dr. Andrew Scherrer, an executive officer with the foundation, joined the show with how the scholarships have evolved over the years and why all college-bound seniors should apply. Watch the interview here!

December 29, 2023 – GV Wire reporters and videographers were asked to identify the Difference Makers on their beats for 2023. Many readers will recognize some of the names. The list is by no means complete. While Fresno and the surrounding communities have their share of challenges, we’re blessed with legions of residents who go out and do their best every day. {…}

November 28, 2023 – Nearly 83% of Fresno Unified students need financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education, but donating to the scholarship fund can change the course of a student’s life and is an investment in the entire community’s future. Wendy McCulley, chief of the FUSD Office of Engagement & External Partnerships, joined the show with how the scholarship fund helps support students. Watch the interview here!

September 6, 2023 – Faces of Fresno Unified is a digital magazine focused on highlighting the remarkable students and staff that make up Fresno Unified School District. Each month The Foundation for Fresno Unified is highlighted. CEO Wendy McCulley is profiled as the founder of the Foundation along with information about available scholarships such as Foundation for Unified, Tim […]

January 24, 2023 – Wendy McCulley, Chief Engagement and External Partnership Officer, for the Foundation for Fresno Unified has been acknowledged for her innovative and impactful work for Fresno Unified School District. She has been identified as a change agent who is and will continue to impact the City of Fresno.

January 9, 2023 – The Foundation for Fresno Unified has tripled the amount of funding for scholarships for Fresno Unified students. A $20 million donation from philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott, will allow the Foundation to provide an increased number of scholarships for many years to come.

October 5, 2022 – The official launch of the Foundation for Fresno Unified happened on October 6, 2022. The 2022 Gala was held at the Chaffee Zoo with 400 in attendance. As the strategic fundraising partner for Fresno Unified, the Foundation for Fresno Unified is working with schools, the district, and the entire community to accelerate progress for students […]

February 13, 2019 – Fresno’s future depends on Fresno Unified School District. Its 74,000 students are the biggest part of our future workforce. If Fresno Unified fails, we all suffer the consequences: Less prosperity, more blighted and unsafe neighborhoods, a lower quality of life. The district faces many challenges. Nearly 90% of district students are disadvantaged. One in five […]

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