This is the third year of the Ryan Wilcox Memorial Scholarships, funds which are managed by the Grossmont High School Educational Foundation.
Yearly, two $1000 scholarships are given to students who have overcome their own personal obstacles - financially, emotionally, or physically - yet have still kept a positive outlook while facing these challenges. The students must also have a love for Grossmont High School community and have the Foothiller spirit that Ryan so treasured.
Ryan’s parents, Mike and Amy Wilcox, share, “We are so proud and honored that Ryan's memory and sweet spirit live on at Grossmont through these very special scholarships. Ryan loved his Grossmont family, and his positive attitude, perseverance, kindness, and compassion for others exemplified the true meaning of why "It's Great to Be Young and a Foothiller.”
The two 2019 "Ryan Strong" Memorial $1000 Scholarship recipients are Tiam Babadiyaghoubi & Jaymee Gonnello.
Because of generous Grossmont alumni, retirees, teachers, and community members who have contributed to the GHS Endowment Fund since its inception in 2012, this school year the GHS Educational Foundation awarded five $1000 scholarships, thousands of dollars in teacher mini-grants, and has given yearlong financial support of programs and students on campus.
This year’s scholarship recipients are
Athletic Challenge: Zachary Zolina and Gabi Egan
Alumni: Bailey Wilcox and James Bond
Community Service: Kana Okura
The Grossmont community thanks outgoing GHS Educational Foundation President Tony Lawrence for the hundreds of hours of service he has given to the Foothiller community for the past 5 years. However, Tony is not really retiring as he will continue to volunteer as “the voice of the Foothillers” at the home football games.
PixelStick for Night Photography
Art Department Gallery for Student Work
Strength Training Equipment for Track and Cross Country Athletes
Gymnastics Balance Beam
Career Technical Education
Pathways Promotional T Shirts
9 Classical Guitars and Cords
Hydrogen Cylinder for Chemistry, Physics
Augmented Reality Sandbox for Chemistry
Short Throw Projector for Scenery and Special Effects
Student Scholarships and Awards
Annual Senior Scholarships: 2017 $4500; 2018 $6000 Total of $10,500
Travel Support to National Competitions (Student trips to Washington, D.C. and Florida)
Travel Support to Local Events and Competitions (Math Team, AP Biology Annual Zoo Trip)
10th Grade Honors Students to Old Globe Theater for “A Thousand Splendid Suns”.
Monthly Departmental Star Student Awards
Student Test Fees
2018 Automotive Technology Sign
2016 Restoration of the Class of 1989 Sign
And Many More!
The School year is off and running and the Foundation is doing it's part! Here are the Principal, School board and others enjoying the foundation sponsored back to school teacher appreciation luncheon!
Last year the Foundation was able to give out 7 Scholarships to graduating seniors! This year we hope to give out more with your help!
Last year we also provided recording equipment and guitars for the music department, a simulated Earth crust / computer model (super cool - pictures to follow) for the science department, sponsored "Girls Rock," the female empowerment program GHS puts on, Provided 160 movie tickets for star students, assisted on the cost of AP testing, several campus improvements and more!
Get involved this year (Here or Here) and make a difference in the young Foothiller's lives! This time goes by in a blink and you will never regret pitching in and being a part of it.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the Foundation funded "Girls Rock" a female empowerment seminar for young female students in the school district, a new curtain and short throw projector for the drama department, much needed training equipment for the track team, modernization of campus signs, as well as partial funding for a new balance beam for the girls gymnastic team.
Yearly, the Foundation funds teacher appreciation luncheons and coffees as well as Monthly Departmental Star Students in the form of movie tickets, this year rewarding 160 students.
In 2010, the Foundation challenged itself to create a $100,000 Endowment Fund. Since then donors have commemorated their years at GHS, their families, their graduating classes, GHS programs, and staff members through the purchase of a gray tile located on campus. This historic campaign currently has 270 donors: Foothiller Founders whose 8x8 inch tiles are located on the 1937 Old Gym steps, and Foothiller Friends whose 4x4 inch tiles are located in the Humanities Building walkway.
The $70,000 (as of June 2015) is invested with the San Diego Foundation. The yearly interest from the fund is used to improve the classroom experience for students. This year’s interest funded 4 teacher mini grants totaling over $4,000: Jeff Lee’s augmented reality sandbox to duplicate the Earth’s dynamic crust for Chemistry students, a bus for Mike Lopez’ and Mike Holcomb’s AP students’ field trip to the zoo, Ross Bartell’s Cross Country and Distance Runners’ training equipment, and Jeremy Cooke’s purchase of Yamaha classical guitars for the Guitar students.
An annual Foundation sponsored fundraising event is the spring Rock and Roll Dance, held in conjunction with campus athletic teams. Also, for several years, the Foundation has produced a twice a year newsletter which shares current Foothiller campus news, Foundation news, mingled with articles reminding readers of Grossmont’s historic 95 year old past.
Another annual event is the awarding of senior scholarships of $500 at Senior Awards Night. The six recipients of this year’s seven scholarships are Community Service: Jazmin Morales; Alumni: Jacob Niskey; Athletic Challenge Overcome: Daniel Valoria and Ashlynn Jimmerson; Academic Improvement: Nadeen Allah Werdi; Ron Murphy Memorial Scholarship: Jake Harr and Daniel Valoria.