Students First

The mission of Students First is to provide support and resources to High Point public schools and impact students while strengthening the educational system in our community. Grants are made to schools to provide for the unfunded expenses related to kid-centered programs or projects that are educational and support character education.

Third and fourth graders at Shadybrook Elementary have a visit from Principal George Green (background with student) as Students First grant is presented.

Students First was established in the fall of 2008 by a private donor to support High Point public schools with a challenge to the Community Foundation to grow the fund into a permanent endowment. Grants are made to schools with the specific purpose of providing for the unfunded expenses not covered by the school’s budget and are focused on kid-centered programs or projects. More than half of High Point’s public schools are classified as “Title One” schools because of high poverty rates among the students. Because of this fact, many principals and teachers have reached into their own pockets for funding.

The future growth of Students First will depend on individual donors, local businesses and service organizations who will be cultivated within the High Point community. The fund is designed to encourage the entire community to give to and become engaged with our public school system and make an investment in the children in our community.

To provide support and resources to the High Point public schools to impact students and strengthen the educational system in our community.

A group of advisors called the Students First Committee manages the process. These individuals have a proven track record of impacting our schools with their leadership and resources and includes former educators, current and retired school board members, and community leaders. The committee members are not serving as trustees of the Foundation, which helps provide a unique perspective.

The Students First Committee sets goals and strategies for the fund and oversees all grant-making decisions. Because Students First is an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation, oversight is provided by the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation.

All public schools with a High Point address are eligible for funding. Grant requests can be made at any time throughout the school year, but must be submitted by a principal and include their signature.

Click here to download a copy of our Students First Grant Request Form.

A completed application can be faxed to the Community Foundation office at 336-882-3293, or scanned and emailed to Amanda Bennett. Once received, the application is shared with the Students First Committee for review. A staff member from the Foundation or chair of Students First, will contact the school directly to discuss the request. All schools are encouraged to contact the foundation office for more information. Past grants to schools have included funding for band uniforms, field trips, clothing, school equipment and matching grants for books.

If you would like to make a donation to Students First in support of the High Point public schools, click here.




Help us perpetuate the legacy of education in High Point by assisting us in growing the endowment. Donations of all sizes are important to ensure that the fund is available for generations to come.

Each year in May, to raise awareness for National Teacher Appreciation Week, Students First collaborates with the High Point Enterprise to run the Honor an Educator campaign. Donations can be made throughout the entire month to Students First to honor a teacher, principal, coach, mentor or classroom assistant. The honoree’s name and school will be noted in the paper along with the person honoring them. It is a wonderful way to acknowledge someone who has made an impact on you personally and influenced the lives of children.

High Point public schools served by this fund

Allen Jay Elementary
Fairview Elementary
Florence Elementary
Johnson St. Global Studies
Kirkman Park Spanish Immersion
Montlieu Academy of Technology
Northwood Elementary
Oak Hill Elementary
Oak View Elementary
Parkview Elementary
Shadybrook Elementary
Southwest Elementary
Union Hill Elementary
Triangle Lake Montessori
Ferndale Middle School
Penn-Griffin School for the Arts
Southwest Middle School
Welborn Academy of Science & Technology
Andrews High School
High Point Central High School
Southwest High School
The Academy at Central
Dean B. Pruette SCALE Academy
The Middle College of Entertainment Technology at GTCC