The Environmental Education Foundation (EEF) was founded in 1980 as an affiliate of the Geneva Lake Association. Mr. Thomas E. Reynolds, Sr. and Mr. Fillmore W. Galaty, both past presidents of the Geneva Lake Association, recognized an opportunity to promote environmental education by offering scholarships and environmental experiences to Geneva Lake area youth. Their dedication to area youth and environmental awareness led to the formation of the Geneva Lake Association Environmental Education Foundation. The EEF is an independent, tax exempt 501(c) (3) affiliate of the Geneva Lake Association.
During its 38-year history, the EEF has awarded more than $500,0000 in college scholarships, camping and outdoor education awards to more than 400 area youth, from 5th grade through graduate school.
More than $45,000 can be awarded in a single year to students in a variety of age groups and educational levels. Included in this amount is the Environmental Education Foundation Thomas E. Reynolds (TER) Endowment Fund, which annually contributes $12,000 in the form of a four-year scholarship to a qualified local graduating senior interested in pursuing a degree in the environmental science field.
Past college scholarship recipients include students from Badger High School, Big Foot High School, Williams Bay High School, and Faith Christian High School. Funding for environmental activities such as Outdoor Education grants and Nature Adventure Camp scholarships have been awarded to twelve local elementary and middle schools.
Applying for Scholarships or Grants
The EEF maintains an informative website at www.eefscholars.org. The website includes descriptions of the funding that is available, as well as downloadable application forms. The application deadlines are varied, so applicants are encouraged to browse through the programs and applications to avoid missing out on the opportunities which are offered.
Contributions to the Environmental Education Foundation, Inc. are deductible for income tax purposes, and donation information is also on the Foundation’s website.