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NEF Annual Grants Awarded
By Kish Pisani

It's official. With the 2015 slate of Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) grants, the organization has awarded more than $1 Million since the Annual Grant Award Program began in 1993!

"What always amazes me no matter how many applications we receive, is the level of excellence in the writing, the level of creativity and innovative programming," said Ann E. Spehar, Executive Director of NEF. "It's so heartwarming that even though the teachers have so much to do, they are always interested in going the extra mile to provide an exceptional opportunity for our students," she added.

This year's grant program saw applications in all six of the categories: Cultural Studies, Fine Arts, General, Health & Physical Development, Literacy and Math & Science. The projects are initiated by students, faculty, staff, parents and community members in District 203. Spehar notes that the popularity of categories may vary from year to year, but this year they noted a surge in applications in Math & Science. Each year the Annual Grant Awards program has awarded up to $50,000 in grants with the exception of $75,000 in 2012, the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the organization.

The NEF Program Committee added a new twist to the Annual Grant Award program this year. One grant winner in each category was awarded the "NEF WOW Prize." Members of the committee surprised the winners in late March with a celebration at their school when they received a special award complete with balloons and a certificate.

Programs are slated to begin in the 2015-16 school year with some starting this summer.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all of our donors for making the Annual Grant Awards possible!

Click here to see the list of
2015 NEF Annual Grant Awards

Click here to learn more about
NEF's Annual Grants

Missed any recent NEF Annual Grant Stories?

Click on one of the recent NEF Annual Grant Stories below to
learn more about how NEF's Annual Grant Awards program,
funded by our community, benefits the students of District 203.

Painting With Light

Steel Band Ensemble

Science in the Sky

3D Print Shop

Ocean in the Classroom

NEF Annual Spring Breakfast:
Building a Passion for Literacy!

Please join us for our
22nd Annual Spring Breakfast
Building a Passion for Literacy
celebrating NEF funded programs
and their direct influence on
the students, teachers and parents
of Naperville School District 203.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
7:00 a.m. Coffee and Networking
7:30-9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Program

Guest Emcee: Alan Krashesky
Veteran ABC7 Anchor/Reporter


Keynote Speech: Lane Smith
Award Winning Children's Book Author
and Illustrator
Courtesy of Anderson's Bookshop

Celebrating Inspiration Award
Distinguished Service Award
Scholarship Awards

Art and entertainment
by District 203 students

More information

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students.

With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors, NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing the school district's budget. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to insure that every student can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education.

If you would like to donate online please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann E. Spehar,
Executive Director, at (630) 420-3086 or

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