Education

Promoting equity in educational opportunities

From kindergarten to college, from afterschool programs to summer learning, from literacy to teacher pipeline, the Maddox Fund partners with education initiatives that advance student achievement because knowledge and education are transformative.

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Frequently Asked Questions

+ What is the Maddox Fund’s definition of “education”?

In general, the Maddox Fund is looking for programs that promote academic advancement and social emotional learning in Pre-k through traditional college age students (4-24).

+ Will the Maddox Fund support programs focused on parents and children together?

The Fund’s focus is on children and youth.  Any proposal including parents and family (i.e., parent involvement in a child’s education, parent education, etc.) would need to demonstrate a direct benefit to children and youth and the stated outcomes would need to be child-centered.  These proposals would likely  be less competitive.

The Maddox Fund will not support family emergency assistance, including programs which provide rent and utility assistance, food and clothing.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox interested in?

  • Pre-K programs
  • Academic support and preparation programs, including tutoring services
  • Programs that can demonstrate direct impact on academic success
  • Summer or after-school academic enrichment
  • Math and reading programs
  • Positive decision-making programs
  • Social-emotional learning that is not clinical counseling
  • Programs may be provided in a formal school setting or in a setting external to school.

+ What type of education programs is Maddox less interested in?

  • Programs for adults
  • Parent education programs
  • Early Childhood Programs
  • Low-intensity programs with infrequent or short-duration participant contact
  • GED/HiSET programs
  • Arts or music education programs
  • Programs focused on infants and toddlers
  • Counseling programs
  • Post-secondary studies (i.e., graduate school, professional school)
  • Independent Charter Schools without a CMO
  • Independent Charter Schools without proven academic outcomes
  •  College assistance for adults
  • Education programs that are general in nature (i.e., homebuyer’s education, health education, financial literacy, continuing education, animal population control education, arts education, etc.)
  • School volunteer programs or PTSO organizations

The Charitable Fund will not support:

  • Scholarships to specific institutions not previously supported by Dan and Margaret Maddox
  • General scholarship programs
  • Graduate school scholarship programs
  • Infant and Toddler programs

Education
& the Census

A complete count is important to making sure that Middle Tennesse receives funding to support essential education programs.  Check out some of these facts and learn how you can get involved.

Census data is used to determine funding for TN's education.
this includes k-12, title I grants, school lunch and breakfast programs, and some afterschool programs
For the first time, the Census will be available online.
all households will have received their invitation to participate by April 1st
Higher education is dependent on federal funding.
$2 billion for federal student loans and the pell grant program are dependent on the census
Find out how to get involved.
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Did you know?

Dan and Margaret graduated from high school, but college was economically out of reach for them. They understood how education creates paths to opportunity and wanted to create a way for low-income youth to realize their dreams.

Featured education partners

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$25,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

Through tuition assistance, intensive mentoring, networking, and career guidance, ECE is cultivating young leaders of our community through a college degree. ECE currently supports 148 DACA students at 8 Tennessee universities who are ineligible for financial aid, student loans, and in-state tuition rates because of their legal status.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$10,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

For more than five decades, KDCDC has offered an excellent and affordable pre-Kindergarten program to families in our community who need it most – the ‘working poor’. Our staff works hard to ensure each child has the academic and social/emotional readiness skills they need for success in school and beyond.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$15,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

St. Luke’s Youth Education Program educates, empowers and equips 105 pre-K-8th graders with the education and skills they need to be successful. Through partnership with Preston Taylor Ministries and an emphasis on literacy and social and emotional learning, St. Luke’s provides quality care and education opportunities for Nashville students.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$5,000
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Program Area
education
Program Description

This summer program is designed to expose rising 11th and 12th grade students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Careers, and help prepare them for the standardized ACT Examination during a two-week period on the campus of Tennessee State University.

Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$5,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

The 100 KINGS program began in the fall of 2003. A holistic program designed to provide academic enrichment and experiential learning projects for middle and high school males throughout Middle Tennessee on a year-long basis.

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Grant Year
2018
Grant Amount
$30,000
More info
Program Area
education
Program Description

McNeilly provides high quality, affordable early care and education for 60 low-income and at-risk Pre-Kindergarten children, ages 4 and 5, at the McNeilly Meridian St. site. We offer three Pre-K classrooms, including one Metro Nashville Public Schools classroom, and two that participate in the United Way Read to Succeed program.