Utica Community Schools
Foundation for Educational Excellence

7600 18 Mile Road
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
Telephone: 586.797.6953
Fax: 586.797.6901

The Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence was created in 1986 to raise additional funds to provide meaningful educational experiences for students not otherwise funded by the school district. The Foundation is a non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of area business and community leaders. The Foundation is funded through membership, donations, fundraisers and memorials, contributing significantly to classroom programs over the past 25 years.

The Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence serves the Utica Community Schools by sponsoring programs of outstanding educational worth that cannot be provided through the school district's budget. The Foundation forges partnerships with corporations, local businesses, community leaders and citizens to raise money to accomplish its goals.

The organization’s mission statement will guide activities on a day-to-day basis…

Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence is to be a non-profit fund-raising organization that encourages and supports quality efforts by educators to enhance educational experiences for students of the Utica Community Schools.

The organization’s vision statement describes the organization if all goals could be met…

Vision Statement:

To be a financial resource that positively impacts the educational experience of every student in the Utica Community Schools.

UCS Foundation Board of Trustees

The UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence is directed by the Board of Trustees, a group of volunteers comprised of business and community leaders:

Roy Rose, President
Brent Bohlinger, Immediate Past President
Dan Wesner, Vice President
Mike Nowicki, Secretary
Steve Truman, Treasurer

Paul Alandt, Trustee
Ronald Chriss, Trustee
Linda Colton, Trustee
Les Gilbert, Trustee
Gene Klida, Trustee
Raymond Lope, Trustee
Carol Roncelli, Trustee
David Roncelli, Trustee
David Zelmanski, Trustee

Christine M. Johns, Ed.D., Superintendent
Ex-Officio Member

Linda Leysen, Foundation Coordinator

Members of UCSF Advisory Board:

Dick Duncan
Fred Mathiak
John Nitz
Ray Weingartz
W. B. Browning
Wally Doebler

UCS Foundation Special Events

Arts and Idols Gala

Arts and IdolsThe 4th Annual Arts & Idols Scholarship Gala will be held on Thursday May 31, 2012, at the beautiful Palazzo Grande Banquet Center on Van Dyke, just south of 25 Mile Road. There will be cash prizes for all finalists, including a $5000 first place prize!

Auditions for the Idols competition are scheduled for March 3rd. Applications will be available in mid-January.

This event is a true community celebration of the Fine Arts in Utica Community Schools. In addition, the proceeds from this event will benefit the Utica Community Schools Superintendent's Scholarship Fund. Since its inception, our event has provided more than $60,000 for UCS seniors.

Below is a photo of the Foundation and our Arts & Idols team presenting the UCS Board of Education a $30,000 donation from the 2011 Gala.

Community members who want to support the arts and our graduating seniors can participate in several ways. At both the Arts and Idols event and the districtwide art show, silent auction items will be available that feature UCS student and staff art. In addition, tickets will be available for the event beginning in January. Local businesses may also want to consider several scholarship opportunities.

More information about the event can be found at the Arts and Idols web site.


Career Focus

The annual Career Focus Luncheon, a "must attend" event for workplace professionals and 2,000 Utica Community Schools sixth graders, is set for Wednesday and Thursday, May 2 - 3, at the Palazzo Grande, 54660 Van Dyke (South of 25 Mile Rd.) in Shelby Twp.

The Career Focus Luncheon, sponsored by the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence in partnership with the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Advisor & Source Newspapers, and in cooperation with Utica Community Schools, has impacted the lives of more than 30,000 students since its inception.

Business and individual sponsors are needed to make this year's Career Focus Luncheon another success. Please call the Foundation at 586.797.6953 to reserve your table on May 2 or May 3 and share your career know-how with today's children – tomorrow's leaders.

We thank our generous sponsors!

You can increase your support by acting as a Career Focus Sponsor to help offset expenses for the Career Focus Luncheon. Your generosity allows the Foundation to dedicate even more dollars to projects and programs that support students and teachers in the Utica Community Schools.

Annual Golf Outing

The Foundation holds an annual golf outing to raise funds to benefit the students of the Utica Community Schools. Information about this year's event will be posted here when available.

Grants & Scholarships

Since its inception, the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence has supported public education through its Instructional Grants programs. Teachers are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $500 to fund unique classroom experiences for their students that would not otherwise be possible. Still, our requests outpace our ability to provide them. Won’t you provide a Gift for Children by making a tax-deductible contribution?

Career Technical Education (CTE) Scholarships offer CTE seniors at all four district high schools $1,000 scholarships to provide post-graduation education and training in a variety of occupations.

Special Needs Scholarships offer special needs students scholarships to provide post-graduation education and training.

Won't you help? Consider donating to the grants and scholarship funds. Call 586.797.6953

A Gift for Children

Four of the most powerful words in any language - a gift for children - can be made even more meaningful through a contribution to the Utica Community Schools Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Honor others by contributing to the Foundation. Remember the Foundation when planning birthdays, celebrating the birth of a child, an anniversary or other special occasion. Your donation can also commemorate a friend or loved one. Your gift will support district students in ways ranging from Classroom Instructional grants for educational enrichment to post high-school scholarships, elementary musical rental, academic support for at-risk students or the endowment fund.

For more information, call the Foundation at 586.797.6953

Century Club

The Century Club is comprised of individuals and corporations which make a tax-deductible donation to offset Foundation operating costs in order to allow more of the Foundation's general budget to directly benefit students.

In 1996, nearly 100 individuals and businesses pledged to help make a difference in the life of a child by supporting our efforts to keep the Foundation's resources where they belong - in the classroom and through scholarship efforts.

For more information about this worthwhile organization, please contact the Foundation at 586.797.6953. There are no meetings, there are no dues other than your Century Club membership. What you'll receive in return is the gratitude of more than 29,000 students of the Utica Community Schools!

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