Foundation Facts

Since its inception in 2004, Muscle Shoals Education Foundation (MSEF) has awarded over $300,000 to enhance educational endeavors in Muscle Shoals City Schools. The Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide ongoing and dependable funding for critical academic “extras” such as professional development, technology, and classroom enhancements. These extras benefit every grade level, every academic subject area and every student throughout our school system. Making an investment in the Foundation will help minimize the funding gaps that can make the difference between a good school system and an excellent one.

The Foundation is an essential asset to providing everything we expect for our students. Your donation or pledge is truly an investment in our school system, and one that will continue to benefit you and your children for years to come.

We host fundraisers throughout the school year and hope to introduce new fundraisers in the future. Profits that are made are given to all MSCS through school grants.

What is MSEF? The Muscle Shoals Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation created to provide classroom grants for all seven schools within the Muscle Shoals City School District. Providing funds for academic and enrichment programs is our TOP Priority.

What Is MSEF Mission? “To stimulate community support to fund programs in all Muscle Shoals City Schools while reflecting the values and traditions of Muscle Shoals by placing utmost importance on the learning experience for the students”

Is MSEF Independent of MSCS? YES, The MSEF is composed of one part-time director, and twelve community or parent volunteers who serve at least a three year term. The director and board members work in partnership with school administrators, and school employees to determine the best ways to allocate donations raised or given to the Foundation.

What are school grants? All MSCS employees are encouraged to submit an application for funding consideration. MSEF Board Members review each application and decide upon the summited applications to fund. Grants must be within the mission of MSEF. Grants are awarded in the fall of each school year.

What are some grants awarded? Technology update/Equipment, Summer Programs for at-risk students, cooking classes for extended day/summer camp, tutoring for at-risk students, computer technology teacher, musical instruments, updated sound equipment at MSHS Strafford Auditorium, funding for a future state-of –the-art playground and many other awarded grants.

How much money has been given? Since the Foundation inception in 2004, the Muscle Shoals Education Foundation has awarded over $300,000. In 2015 43 grant applications have been received totaling over $32,000. The awarded grants will be announced November 2015.

How is funding obtained? Employee Payroll Deductions, Fundraisers, Grants, Educator Gratitude Gifts, Memorial and Honoree Donations, as well as individual and business donations.

How are Scholarships and Honoree funded? Donations are received for individual memorials or honoree scholarships. Local community business also provided scholarships through the foundation.

What are your current scholarships?

  • Honoree Scholarships – Brenda Mays, MSCS Retiree Schlorships.
  • Memorial Scholarships – Charles Roland Stratford, Evan Isbell, Landon Letsinger Mike Mitchell, Mary Ruth Boyd, Roy Michael, Judy Freeze, Jeff Uhlman, Rhonda Freeman, Rebecca Woodall, Tina L. Thomas, and Ronnie Riner.
  • Community Scholarships – Dr. Mary Ann Stegall, Terri and Corkey Snipes, Muscle Shoals Electric Board, Muscle Shoals Civitan Club, Muscle Shoals City School Retirees, Muscle Shoals Kiwanis Club, and Shoals Hospital.

What is Educator Gratitude Gifts? Donations to honor your student teachers, employee, or administrator.

Is my donation tax deductible? YES, MSEF is a not-for profit self-supported 501 © organization.

How can I support MSEF? Contributions can be given to the foundation’s general account to support system-wide grants or earmarked for a specific school, Scholarships, or Educator Gratitude Gifts.

Where do I send my tax deductible gift? Muscle Shoals Education Foundation-3200 South Wilson Dam Road-Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661. Once received, a receipt will be mailed to your address.

Why support MSEF?

  1. Your money directly impacts the students in our school system
  2. Investment in the future
  3. Changing lives through learning
  4. Tax Deduction Incentives
  5. Show your support for our Outstanding school system by a one-time donation or multi-year pledge
  6. Muscle Shoals City Schools is known for an EXCELLENT school system. Your contribution helps our schools continue to soar.
  7. Names of contributors will be listed on our web site. Parents support businesses that support their children’s schools.
  8. What better way to support the future of 2,858 students.

We hope that every family, business, school retirees and employee in the Muscle Shoals community will make a pledge to the Foundation. Your pledge is 100% tax deductible. Please contact Karran Sasser (256-389-2698) at the Foundation office for additional information.