Evans Alumni Raise $202,000 for Scholarships

One-hundred twenty-seven alumni from the 1960s and early 1970s raised $202,000 to endow a fund at the Foundation for Orange County Public Schools in honor of Coach Fred Pennington.

Fred Pennington coached basketball from 1960 until 1976 at Evans High School. He grew from being a basketball and football coach to Evan’s athletic director and then went on to serve as the school’s assistant principal. Before retiring in 1990, Coach Pennington impacted thousands of lives, instilling values and teaching life lessons that helped shape generations of students who are now giving back to today’s students through this scholarship in Coach’s honor.

This endowed fund will provide scholarships to Maynard Evans High School graduating seniors who are male or female basketball players or cheerleaders from low-income families and are desirous of attending a technical/vocational school, college or university.

Scholarship recipients and the amount of each scholarship will be determined by a school-based selection committee. The total amount available in 2015 is $5,000. First-year scholarship recipients are eligible for a second year scholarship of the same amount as long as they meet the same criteria as required for the original scholarship

Jon Marshall, the fund’s founding donor, talked to students at the scholarship launch event:  “…Coach Pennington didn’t teach by talking to us, he taught by example. We learned we could achieve things we never thought we could do because he demanded the best from us. This school didn’t generate great players, it generated great teams.”

Donate to the fund.

View current donor list.

Foundation Receives $50,000 from Orlando Magic Youth Fund

The Foundation for OCPS received $50,000 from the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Tribune Foundation fund, for its Read2Succeed program. $1 million was awarded to 21 great organizations, many supporting students in our schools. We are honored to be on the 2015 OMYF All-Star Team!
The Read2Succeed program recruits, trains and places volunteers and reading assistants to work with students building vocabulary with 1st graders and reading fluency with 2nd graders. The program currently serves more than 600 students in 46 schools.
Sign up to volunteer.
Learn more.


OCPS Hall of Fame

The School Board of Orange County
presents the
Inaugural OCPS Hall of Fame
Friday, May 15, 2015
Shingle Creek Rosen

Foundation Teacher Grants at Work

Congratulations to the TCHS Robotics Bangarang Team for their state robotics title.  This project was funded by a Foundation STEM Partnership Grant sponsored by Duke Energy.  See more.

Register Today!

September 11, 2015
Grand Cypress Golf Club

Growing Great Futures