We are excited to announce the formation of the Botkins Education Foundation (BEF), a 501(c)(3) corporation organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, as provided in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and more particularly to develop, recognize and further the scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and character of past, present and future students of the Botkins Local School District.
In 2005, the Botkins Board of Education (BOE) formed the Botkins Local School Education Foundation. Through the generosity of the Botkins community, alumni, faculty members and friends of the school, they have been able to award scholarships and provide financial support for programs, activities and projects benefiting the school and its students. They have 9 funds that are currently administered through the Community Foundation of Shelby County and approximately 20 others that are funded each year. Since 2005, more than $276,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 226 students. What a wonderful achievement.
Realizing all the responsibilities that the BOE has to efficiently and effectively manage the school and insure a quality education for our students, a group of Botkins graduates and local supporters has formed the Botkins Education Foundation. With the endorsement of the BOE, they will assume the task of cultivating and providing opportunities to support the students and graduates, and to continue the programs, activities and projects to benefit our students. During the next 12 months, the Botkins Local School Education Foundation will transition the stewardship of these scholarship s to the newly formed Botkins Education Foundation with all permanent funds to remain with the Community Foundation of Shelby County. We plan to work cooperatively with the school and the Community Foundation of Shelby County to administer the funds.
May 14th Banquet Speaker Announced
Roger W. Geyer, PhD, MCSE, PMP, will be the Botkins Education Foundation Banquet Speaker May 14th.
Roger W. Geyer is a Microsoft® Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE+I), Developer (MCSD) and project management certification (PMP) recipient. Roger was an associate professor (retired) of computer systems and information technology at the American University of Iraq in Sulaimani (AUIS) where he taught IT, business statistics and programming. Roger has a PhD in Instructional Technology, has published numerous articles on technology, and has presented papers both nationally and internationally on technology applications in Education. His current research interests are the uses of artificial intelligence and machine learning in applied linguistics. Roger is President of Mary E. Geyer Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) 3 public charity, that financially supports young women who desire a college and career path in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM).