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Johnson City Public Schools Foundation

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation was chartered in 1989 to enrich public education in Johnson City. The independent, community-based foundation was established specifically to fund innovative programs and activities not provided in the system’s operating budget to enhance learning experiences for students and teachers in the Johnson City School System.

As a non-profit organization, the Johnson City Public Schools Foundation works in partnership with the school system, to provide funds for teacher grants as well as manage donations for student’s scholarships.

    • Make checks payable to: Johnson City Public Schools Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 1517 Johnson City, TN 37605
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Spell-A-Bration (An Adult Spelling Bee Competition)

The third annual Spell-A-Bration will be on April 16, 2020. In the past two years, the event has raised over $45,000 to help fund educational initiatives in Johnson City Schools. We hope you will join us this year!

2020 Registration Form or register online here


Teacher Mini-Grants

Woodland music teacher Laura Evans

Good news! Through the generosity of the Mooneyhan Family Foundation, the JCPS Foundation will again offer $2,000 mini-grants to Johnson City teachers. The grant window is October 1-December 31, 2019.  Please see the links below for application and more information. 

Grant Writing Tips

2019-2020 Mini Grant Rubric

2019-2020 Teacer Grant Application

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation has funded 97 grants for $64,546 since the Spring of 2016. During the 2018-19 school year,  we were able to fund 28 teacher grants worth $27,599. The funded grants correspond with our mission to fund innovative programs and activities not provided in the system’s operating budget to enhance learning experiences for students and teachers in the Johnson City School System.


Student Scholarships 

The Johnson City Public Schools Foundation receives donations that fund several memorial and honorary awards and scholarships awarded each spring to outstanding seniors at Science Hill High School. These include:

  • Amanda Minutolo Scholarship
  • Love of Community Scholarship
  • World Language Scholarship
  • Mildred Perryman West Women in Science Award
  • Mark Slagle Scholarship
  • Plato’s Closet Scholarship
  • E.E. Hawkins Outstanding Math Award
  • Johnson City Public Schools Foundation Scholarship

Science Hill seniors should contact guidance counselors for more information about these scholarships. A complete list of locally funded scholarships can be found on the SH Counseling Corner.


Special Project:  The STEAM Bus


The STEAM Bus is now a reality. In only one year’s time, the Foundation was able to raise the necessary funds to retrofit a retired school bus with the latest in technology and learning tools. The official ribbon-cutting took place on August 23, and the bus began rolling to schools in September. The STEAM Bus will travel around to the eight elementary schools throughout the school year and allow teachers to present hands-on lessons geared toward the use of STEAM principles that center around science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking.

For more pictures, click this link.

Johnson City Public Schools Foundation Board Members

Foundation Board Members

JCPS Foundation Board Members include :

Foundation President Amy Stover, Vice-Chair Lemy Dao, Secretary Rebecca White, Treasurer Anita West, Tembra Aldridge, Ed Basconi, Kathy Calhoun, Linda Flynn, Lee Harlan, Gregg Huddlestone, Dr. Gayle Hughes, Liz Hughes, Dr. Stacy Onks, Rick Smith, Nancy Stanton, Peggy Voitlein and Jana Williams.


Johnson City Schools Alumni Success Stories

“I can't imagine what my life would have been like without the education I received through the Johnson City Schools. The knowledge, values, and work habits which I acquired through association  with teachers, administrators, and fellow students have proved to be invaluable as I pursued personal and professional goals. ” - Dr. Jack Campbell, Class of 1956
(Dr. Jack Campbell, President of Walters State Community College, Morristown, Tennessee for 31 years retired in 2005. In 1986, Dr. Campbell was designated as one of the most effective college presidents in the nation based on a research study funded by the Exxon Education Foundation. He recently received Outstanding Alumni Award at ETSU.)

“I believe that any measure of success or personal satisfaction that I may have attained during my adult life was strongly influenced by the Johnson City School System.” - John D. Exum, Class of 1939
(Navy Captain John D. Exum presently resides in Virginia Beach,VA. He  was the commanding officer of three warships, one of which was the USS NOA (DD841) that recovered Colonel John Glenn's historic Friendship Seven space capsule in Feb., 1962.)

“I am extremely fortunate to have attended Henry Johnson Elementary School, North Junior High, and Science Hill High School during my formative years in life. Whatever success I've been fortunate to achieve has been because of the training from my teachers and coaches in Johnson City.” - Steve Spurrier, Class of 1963
(Steve Spurrier, a Heisman Trophy winner, was head football coach at the Univ. of FL, at Duke Univ., the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL and Wash.Redskins NFL professional football team. He is currently head football coach at the Univ.of South Carolina.)

"Science Hill is very much a part of who I am. The school provided me with a strong foundation - both educationally and socially - from which to build my career. Whether it was leadership skills or intellectual challenges put to me, my time at Science Hill gave me tools to run a company and  produce movies that speak to and connect with an international audience." - Wyck Godfrey, Class of 1986
(Wyck Godfrey is president of Davis Entertainment, a Hollywood movie company that produces many of today's chart - topping films. He has produced six major motion pictures. As a producer, Godfrey oversees the entire development of the film including casting, scripting, editing, marketing and determining the release date.)