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CUSF offers you several opportunities to support our schools. Whether you prefer to give to our general fund (allowing us to use your gift where it is needed most), a specific program, or a targeted need, we appreciate your support!

Support the Work of CUSF

A gift to either the 365 Club or the CUSF General Endowment makes it possible for us to continue elevating excellence in CU classrooms throughout the year.

365 Club Support all of our programs for a dollar a day by joining the 365 Club today.
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To set up a recurring monthly donation, call CUSF at (217) 398-2873!

CU Schools FoundationGeneral Fund Make a gift of your choice to CUSF’s general fund to support all of our programs.
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Specific CUSF Programs

I.D.E.A. Grants encourage educators to innovate and think creatively.
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2nd-gen-logoThe I.D.E.A. Store
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SOS_logo2The S.O.S. Fund provides emergency hotel nights, adequate clothing and transportation to homeless students in Champaign County.
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New Scholarships

Ben Watts Memorial Scholarship Began in 2018 by the family of Ben Watts, a Central HS alum, this scholarship benefits two CHS graduating seniors.
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Fuller Hamilton Hope and Prosperity Scholarship benefits graduating seniors at Centennial, Central or Urbana High Schools who attended Booker T. Washington Elementary School for Kindergarten through 5th grade.
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Greg Chew Fine Arts Scholarship benefits an Urbana High School graduating senior who wants to pursue a degree in the fine arts including theatre, music, dance, drawing, sculpting, painting, literature, and architecture or a product of these disciplines.
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North End Scholarship Established in the spring of 2017 by William Y. and Charlene E. Smith, this scholarship is awarded to a graduating minority senior from Urbana and Champaign public schools who demonstrates academic promise.
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Richard D. Mills Memorial Soccer Scholarship
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Urbana Community Music Education Scholarship supports private music lessons for an Urbana High School band student.
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Alumni Associations

Champaign Centennial High School Alumni Association We are currently raising funds to establish a scholarship for a graduating Centennial senior who has left a positive impact on the school with their service and engagement.
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Champaign Central High School Alumni Association supports scholarships for graduating seniors with a strong commitment to the Central High School community and are the children or grandchildren of Champaign Central High School.
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Also: Urbana Alumni Association

Donate to a specific restricted fund:
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CUSF supports our students and our schools through these restricted funds:

Support teacher grants

District 116 STEM Fund, science, technology, engineering and mathematics grants

Hester Suggs Fund, grants that expand the Arts and Humanities for African-American children in Champaign Unit 4

Support student scholarships & awards

Greg Chew Fine Arts Scholarship Fund, Urbana HS college scholarship

Judge Fred Green Memorial Scholarship Fund, Urbana HS college scholarship

Keegan Bannon Memorial Scholarship Fund, Central HS college scholarship

Michael Hartter Scholarship Fund, Central HS college scholarship

North End Scholarship, UHS and Central or Centennial college scholarships

Perrino Scholarship Fund, Urbana MS and HS student music camp/clinic scholarships

Urbana Community Music Education Scholarship Fund, Urbana MS or HS student private music lesson scholarships

Support teacher recognition

Amberg Award Fund, supports an awarded Urbana teacher

Support specific school programs

Centennial Athletic Fund, purchases physical education equipment at Centennial HS

Jeffrey Kaufman Memorial Fund, develops and maintains the “Jeff Kaufman Fields” at Yankee Ridge Elementary

Pass-through/Specific Gifts for our Schools

CUSF encourages private investment into our classrooms and/or by subject area and can direct funds that are compatible with our mission and the school districts’ gift acceptance policies. The Foundation directs thousands of dollars each year to various programs, subject areas, schools and special needs within the district.

If you have a specific gift in mind, be it funding for a field trip, classroom supplies, playground equipment, an after school program or booster support, contact the foundation office at 217-398-2873 for more information.


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