Westonka District #277 Foundation: bringing ideas to life by awarding over $215,000 in grants to programs, retreats, and projects in the Westonka Schools as well as over $426,000 in scholarships. Based on the philosophy that we believe an excellent education provides inspiration for lifelong learning and is the richest heritage we can give our children, Westonka District #277 Foundation is dedicated to its mission of enhancing student opportunities in Westonka Schools.

The Foundation began in 1995 with the purpose of providing funding for learning experiences and projects that did not receive funding from the general school district budget. The Foundation also administers and awards scholarships through designated funds from generous community members and Mound Westonka alumni.

We have two main funding programs: 1) Community & Classroom Grants - given out in the Fall of each school year; and 2) Scholarships for Graduating Mound Westonka Seniors - given out in the Spring of each school year.

Bill Brown, a graduate of Mound High School in 1938, was an active member of his high school class, participating in the chorus, band, orchestra, class play and yearbook. He was also on the basketball team and was a cheerleader. Bill went on to have a distinguished career in the military, joining the U.S. Army in 1941 and serving as a pilot in both WWII and the Korean War. He earned 23 awards during his military career and was promoted to Colonel in 1969. Col. Brown passed away on Sept. 30, 2015 and in his will, he generously gifted this community $1.3 million to go toward student scholarships. In 2018, the Westonka District #277 Foundation awarded the inaugural Colonel William Brown Scholarship to Jessie Cai and Brandon Ung. In 2019, the Foundation awarded five Colonel William Brown Scholarships and in 2020 it awarded four Col. Brown scholarships.

Seniors graduating in the Spring of 2022 are encouraged to apply for this scholarship beginning in January of 2022. Applicants will be able to apply online and applications are due on February 18, 2022. Please see the "Col. Brown Scholarship Application" page for details on how to apply when the application opens.

Grant Application and Grant Evaluation Information

Teachers, staff, and community members are encouraged to consider applying for a grant application in the Fall of 2022 to provide learning experiences for Westonka students. Recipients are selected based on educational value; numbers of learners impacted; availability of other sources of funding; and demonstrated need for the project. The grant application calendar varies from year to year. Grant applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be due in September 2022. Teachers and staff will be notified via email of the deadlines. All applications should be submitted via our online form and a link to the online form can be found on the "Grant Application" page on this site when the applications open.

Examples of Grants Awarded:

    • Ceramics Wheel for Art Department

    • MWHS Fab Lab Engineering Equipment, as well as Laboratory Equipment for Science Classes

    • 3-D Printers

    • Leveled Readers for Primary Classrooms

    • Programmable SPRHERO Balls for Primary and Middle School Robotics

    • Enrichment Field Trip for Spanish Club

    • Student Programming on Bullying Prevention and Grief and In-Service Speakers for Staff

    • Upgrade of video equipment at GMS and the MWHS Television Studio

Grants are Not Limited to Just Teachers:

Anyone with a project that provides an opportunity for learning is eligible to apply. Besides the schools, grants have been awarded to the Special Education Advisory Board, the Westonka Healthy Community Collaborative, and the Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with MWHS art students. Again, see the "Grant Application" page for eligibility requirements, how to apply, and a list of previous grants awarded.

Want to help:

Consider making a donation, see the "Donate" page.