History & Description
In 2006, The Hamilton County Education Foundation (HCEF) was established by the governing board of the Hamilton County Educational Service Center (HCESC) as a separate non-profit 501(c)(3). Each year, the HCEF honors the “Educators of the Year” from the public school districts throughout the county at its annual “Celebrate Excellence” event. The event serves to honor these educators for their accomplishments, as well as raise funds through sponsorships, individual donations and grants. The proceeds in turn provide scholarships to teachers already working in a Hamilton County public school who are pursuing their Masters Degree in Special Education. Providing these scholarships helps to address the local and growing national shortage of Special Education teachers and related service personnel. The shortage issue, as well as the fact that the HCESC is one of the largest employers of Special Education personnel in Southwest Ohio, serves as key drivers behind the establishment of these scholarships.
Celebrate Excellence, held on the Friday before the observed Memorial Day holiday, brings together education, business and civic leaders to pay tribute to the outstanding educators from across the county who have been selected by their school districts. Read more about “Celebrate Excellence,” the Hamilton County Education Foundation Scholarship and how you can get involved.
* To provide college scholarships to administrators/teachers majoring in a Special Education related field on an annual basis
* To recognize, honor and learn from educators who exemplify the best in their profession
* To make financial resources available to individuals or public education organizations for the purpose of professional development
* To make financial resources available to individuals or public education organizations for the use of creative best practices.
HCEF Annual Reports - In downloadable .pdf format.