Ascension Fund awards $46,000 in grants to educators for the 2014-15 School Year

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
From left: Gonzales Primary Assistant Principal Roddy Melancon, Gonzales Primary Principal Jaimee Williams, Grant Recipient Casi Grady, Grant Recipient Crystal Kleinpeter, Ascension Fund Secretary Lisa Dunigan, Ascension Fund President Donald Songy and Ascension Fund Board Member Sherrie Despino.

Gonzales –Teachers within thirteen schools across Ascension Parish received grants to support innovative and creative methods of learning for our students.  The Ascension Fund, a non-profit organization, awarded a total of $46,000 in its latest round of competitive grants.

A total of 36 Grants were awarded this year including 8 School Impact Grants for $2,500 each and 28 Teacher Grants ranging between $500 and $1,000.

“We are fortunate as a parish to have such great and talented teachers.  The Ascension Fund is dedicated to supporting our teachers and rewarding those that go above and beyond to create innovative methods to enhance learning in the classroom, “ said Donald Songy, Ascension Fund President.

The Ascension Fund was established in 1991 as a project of the Rotary Club of Gonzales.  Original pledges of $800,000 for the creation of The Ascension Fund were placed in an endowment, the income from which now funds the grants. The Fund provided its first grant in 1992, and since that time has given over 1,100 grants representing $1.3 million in awards to area public schools and teachers. The Ascension Fund is guided by a board of directors and the invested funds are overseen by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

Serving on the Board of Directors are President Donald Songy, Vice President Michael Buturla, Secretary Lisa Philippe Dunigan, Treasurer Brad J. Walker, Robyn Penn Delaney, Sherrie Despino, Malcolm J. Dugas, Jr., Fritz Englade, Sr., Sonny Graugnard, Angela Lambert, Martin McConnell, Dr. Cherron Philippe, Timothy E. Pujol, Paulette Rosamond, Beryl S. Smith, Sam Speligene, Peggy Walker and Buddy Wells.

For more information about our grant program or to make a donation to The Ascension Fund visit or call 225.290.3322.