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Students Outside


and Awards

Honor a Teacher or Staff (HATS)

Outstanding Teachers

Education Grants



Educator Grant

New programs
in the classroom or
in extracurricular activities


$5,000 Limit



Educator Grant​​

Awarded for expansion and/or sustainment
of existing KCSD programs


$4,000 Limit 


Educator Grant

Enhance and support the educational experience





$300 Limit 




Students and Mentors
Applying Resources Together

Student Grant

 Aid our youth in developing great ideas and leadership skills that will benefit our school district


$2,000 Limit 

Recent Grant Recipients
Kennett High School robotics team



Kennett High School

With a generous support through a $10,000 Promising Practices grant back in the fall of 2011, the KEF helped us lay the foundations for what would become a world-class robotics team here at KHS. From our humble start with 13 students, we have grown to an award-winning team with over 30 members. Over the past eight years, we have involved hundreds of students and given them an engaging, hands-on STEM experience. We have won a district championship, finished in the top tier at Mid-Atlantic Regionals, and qualified for Worlds the past two years. KEF continues to be one of our primary supporters, for which we are very grateful.  

Daniel Folmar
Chairperson Science Department

Kennett High School



Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

All 300 students who attend the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center visit and enjoy the CARE Room which is divided into six career-related stations. Students can become a doctor or veterinarian at the hospital station, an architect or construction worker at the building station, a server, chef or cashier at the restaurant/market station and kitchen; a teacher at the classroom station, or a postal worker at the post office, where students can send letters to their teachers and friends. It has been absolutely magical to watch the students engage in meaningful play related to career development.


Kourtney Phillips 

Guidance Counselor

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

Students playing
Scholarships and Awards
Less than $1,000
$1,000 or More

On an annual basis, Kennett Education Foundation currently funds over forty scholarships to graduating seniors of Kennett High School (KHS); and three eighth grade music camp awards to students at the Kennett Middle School (KMS). The KHS students receiving the scholarships and awards are chosen from the graduating seniors by the Kennett High School Scholarship Committee that represents all departments in the high school. This autonomous group follows the guidelines established by KEF for each of our scholarship awards. The KMS 8th grade music students receiving the awards are chosen by the KMS music teachers. 


Most Scholarships and Awards are made payable to the student and the university upon proof of enrollment and may be used for vocational or technical college, community college or a traditional 4-year college/university. 


Applications are available from the Kennett High School guidance counselors.

Diana Carmona


Kennett High School

My KEF scholarship allowed me to substitute a job my first semester with ten hours a week of doing homework, making friends, and joining clubs. These activities contributed to my successful transition to campus life— an imperative step for a first-generation college student—socially through combating homesickness, educationally through forming efficient study habits and extracurricularly through building a resume. After that formative first year, I had the financial latitude to pursue different on-and off-campus experiences that ultimately helped me secure a dream job of mine just two weeks after graduation.

Diana Carmona

Kennett High School Graduate

Recent Scholarship Winner
Honor a Teacher or Staff (HATS)
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We are currently revamping the HATS program. Check back for more info. In the meantime, please contact Cybil Housh with any questions. 

Show your appreciation of a teacher, staff member, bus driver, or other members of the Kennett Consolidated School District family. When your request is received we will send the staff member a certificate along with the comments you make about the honoree.

Parent Participation

Parents can honor teachers and staff by filling out the electronic form below. A donation is not required, but will be gratefully accepted and will go towards innovative, KEF supported, classroom programs.  All funds raised through the HATS program support the Education Grants Program. This is a great gift for both the Holidays and Staff Appreciation Week in May.


Student Participation

Students may also honor a teacher or staff member by turning the filled out HATS form to their school's main office. Forms can be downloaded below and are also available at each school.


Questions?  Please contact Cybil Housh

Outstanding Teachers

In a world where outstanding teachers make such a difference, KEF is very grateful for the dedication of all teachers. 


The outstanding teachers in each of the KCSD schools are recommended by their principals. KEF recognizes these outstanding teachers for their dedication to excellence in education.  

Each recipient of the KEF Outstanding Teacher Award receives a $100 cash prize, a bouquet of flowers and is an honored guest at the KEF Annual Spring Dinner. Each recipient's name is also listed on plaques displayed in the District Office and in each school.

  • Can I be awarded more than one grant per year?
    Grants will not be awarded to the same individual more than one time in a twelve-month period.
  • Who may apply for grant money?
    If you are employed by the Kennett Consolidated School District, or are a KCSD student, you are eligible for grant money from the Kennett Education Foundation.
  • How much money may I ask for?
    All proposals must include a detailed expense budget for funds requested from KEF and include any revenue that will be used from other sources. Promising Practices Grant: $5,000 Limit Proven Practices Grant: $4,000 Limit MiniGrant: $300 Limit Smart Grant: $2,000 Limit
  • How difficult is it to apply for a grant?
    It is very easy! A decision will be rendered as soon as possible, we aim for less than 30 days. You will be asked to enter the name of your principal so that he/she receives a copy of your grant submission.
  • What does the Foundation look for in grant proposals?
    The following categories are more likely to be funded: Innovative programs - also described as "first-time", "unique", "pilot". Music, art, language or non-academic extended learning programs. Specialty equipment or technology - microscopes, globes, certain software (appropriate district staff must approve requests). Projects that provide an avenue to explore, develop, and refine ideas for improving the education for our students. The following Categories are less likely to be funded: Projects that fund professional development courses or workshops only. Projects that fund primarily consumable materials and/or transportation costs. Experts (i.e. authors or artists) who are used in the program are viewed as an exception. Grants that are used to compensate teachers or staff who come to work with the students are prohibited. Furniture($300 limit)
  • What considerations are used to determine which requests are funded?
    Innovative, unique and use of “best practices” Number of students who benefit. Durability of benefit (more than one class year) and can it be shared by more than one class. Significant benefit to students or teachers. Leverages financial and/or volunteer support from other sources when necessary. Promotes collaboration between teachers, schools, and/or community.
  • Once my grant is approved, how do I get reimbursed?"
    Once your grant is approved, the KCSD District Office will assign you a grant-specific account code, along with ordering options and reimbursement processes.
  • How long do I have to spend the grant funds?
    In your approval letter, there will be a spending deadline, usually about three months. If an extension is required, contact the KEF Education Grants Committee.
  • Still have questions?
    Please contact the Education Grants Chair Barbie DeCarlo.
  • Do I need to report back to the foundation?
    To complete the process and be eligible for future grants, you will need to submit a Grant Reporting Form (found on the KEF website). Appropriate documentation and photos should be attached and forwarded.
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