BCS Foundation: Investing in the Future
BCS Foundation: Investing in the Future
Posted on 06/11/2018
/UserFiles/Servers/Server_92447/Image/Top Stories Images/2018/2018_BCSFdonations/P1000819copy.jpgThe Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCSF) has given more than $500,000 this year to help students attend college and to reward teachers for their great ideas.

BCSF approved $172,000 in classroom grants to teachers and $340,000 in new scholarships to 175 students through the generosity of many donors, including Duke Energy and Wells Fargo. From art projects to social programs, science and math supplies to items for students with special needs, BCSF grants support all grade levels. BCSF also funds the BCS Bookmobile, the BCS Rolling to Feed bus, school safety technology and speaking events and training.

“Our goal has always been to support public education and the Buncombe County School System in every way we can,” said BCSF Executive Director Lisa Adkins. “Because of the community support we receive, we are able to make a difference for our students every day.”

Funders such as Wells Fargo have been giving scholarships to BCS graduates for more than 20 years.

“We want to invest in the future of our graduates and help them achieve their dreams of a college education,” said Kim Plemmons, Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank and a BCSF board member.

When the Buncombe County Schools Foundation was established in 1984, it mainly provided an opportunity for donors to give scholarship money to graduating seniors. Since then, BCSF has grown into a $4.6-million foundation and has given $5 million to schools and graduates over the last 10 years. In addition to raising and disbursing funds, BCSF coordinates giving with local donors and manages hundreds of funds for the school district.

“As the community has grown, needs have increased in our schools,” Adkins said. “Fortunately, so has the support of donors. All teachers in our school district can apply for grants within our grant cycle, and all seniors can apply for our scholarships.”

The Buncombe County Schools Foundation has three main areas of focus – scholarships, grants for schools that emphasize collaboration and a leadership and school culture initiative called The Leader in Me.
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