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Foundation gala raises $131,000 for student scholarships, teacher grants

Foundation gala raises $131,000 for student scholarships, teacher grants

This year marks a special anniversary for The Northwest ISD Education Foundation. The foundation, commonly referred to as NEF, is celebrating its 20th year of existence and there’s nothing like a Gatsby-themed Gala to express the gratitude and success the foundation has had all of these years! 

On May 4, 2019, the foundation’s annual Gala had nearly 300 attendees who helped raise more than $131,000 for student scholarships and innovative teaching grants.

Teaching grants and scholarships enable students and teachers to think outside of the box and learn skills that will take their education to the next level, as well as carry them through their adult careers. To date, NEF has funded more than $1.6 Million in grants and more than $500,000 in scholarships. The foundation’s goal is to continue to raise the bar to provide the best for NISD students with the help of the community. 

In attendance were some very special contributors to Northwest ISD, such as former NEF board member Roy Eaton and staff member, Jerhea Nail, among many others. 

“My favorite part of the Gala was being around the NISD community,” Ms. Nail said, “and knowing that we were there for a good cause to support the students and teachers in the district.”

Northwest ISD student’s creativity and mastery was on full display during the night as well, as each floral centerpiece and decoration at the event was created by Floral Design 2 students from Byron Nelson High School, Eaton High School and Northwest High School.

This fundraising event was only possible with the help of sponsors, donors, and volunteers and the foundation could not be more grateful for each and every one of them!

Thank you to everyone that put in the work to make this event the success that it was!

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For more information about the Northwest ISD Education Foundation, visit