Our Foundation

The Kenston Foundation was founded in 1983 to provide an avenue for individual and corporate donors to promote academic excellence with a tax-deductible gift.

The Kenston Foundation is dedicated to the continued excellence in education by supporting and promoting the availability and use of innovative and creative tools that enhance curriculum and enrich the educational experience that goes above and beyond the district budget initiatives.

Since its inception, the Kenston Foundation has awarded significant grants to teachers from within the Kenston School District. Grants which serve to provide essential equipment, materials and financial aid needed to fund projects and programs benefiting students across our educational system.

Recognizing academic excellence and personal achievement by our students, the Kenston Foundation awards annual scholarships to our graduating seniors. These scholarships are awarded each year to candidates with a variety of expertise and interests, including math, science, humanities, education, community service and others.

Supporting Excellence in Education and Innovative Curriculum Since Inception

$500,000+

Awarded to Kenston Seniors

$200,000+

Awarded in Educational Grants
Notice of full disclosure for the Kenston Foundation:
As of August 8, 2022, The Kenston Foundation has temporarily had its Federal tax exempt status revoked.  We are still a non-profit corporation in good standing under the State of Ohio.  All steps for reinstatement of our tax exempt status with the federal government have been taken and we expect full reinstatement retroactive to August 8, 2022.  We are hoping to get resolution of this matter soon, however, it can take the IRS up to 18 months to finalize the reinstatement of our 501(c)(3) status.  Despite this temporary revocation, the Kenston Foundation will continue to award teacher grants and senior scholarships and will continue to fundraise to ensure we can support as many teachers and graduating seniors as possible.  We need you to be aware that for tax year 2022, your donations may not be deductible when you file your 2022 taxes and an amended return would need to be filed once our tax exempt status is reinstated so that you can take full advantage of donating to a 501(c)(3) corporation.  We will post back on our website once we have regained our tax exempt status.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl Spehar, Kenston Foundation President, at: KenstonFoundation22@gmail.com.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time and hope that you will continue to support our efforts in awarding teacher grants and senior scholarships.  
Cheryl Spehar, Kenston Foundation President