What is the purpose of the Foundation?
The purpose of the Roosevelt Foundation is to help Roosevelt students. The Foundation does this
in three ways:

  • giving scholarships to bright, but needy grads who want to go to college;
  • helping teachers and other staff members fund special projects to make their classes or activities better; and
  • helping students and staff with extracurricular activities.

How has the Foundation helped Roosevelt kids pay for college?
Over the past 15 years Roosevelt graduates have received almost a million dollars in scholarships either funded by or through the Foundation. Some scholarships are funded by individual alumni, such as the Patti Bluml Timmons Scholarship or Gov. Jesse Ventura Scholarship. Some are memorials to a specific person, such as the Beckwith Scholarship, funded by members of the Class of 1954, or the Sandy Ramberg Scholarship, provided by her friends and family.
Additionally, donors who designate that their donation is for “scholarships” have their monies put into a large scholarship fund which provides about 10 graduates with help for college each year.

How has the Foundation helped the school?
Each fall the Foundation awards grants totaling over $25,000 to staff who cannot fund class
activities with district budgets. Additionally, in recent years over $100,000 was provided for
books and supplies, over $50,000 for an administrative project, and $10,000 to help maintain the
school website.

What are some grants which have been awarded?
Lab kits for biology, booths for the Mosaic Arts Festival, software for the piano program, dirt
and plants for the courtyard, money for school spirit week, computers and computer programs,
printers, cameras for yearbook, iPads, substitute service for field trips, equipment for the gym,
payment for Red Cross first aid courses for health classes, fees for visiting artists, supplies for
art, musical instruments, choir robes, funding for newspaper, equipment and trips for athletic
teams, equipment for French Club, scholarships for students unable to pay for school-related
trips and field trips,

Where does the money come from?
Donations from our alums and friends of Roosevelt and from fundraisers such as the annual
Pancake Breakfast held each April.

Who decides where the money goes?
The Board of Trustees determines the annual budget and awards the grants. A school
scholarship committee with representatives from several curricular areas and headed by the
counseling department determines scholarship winners.

Who can join the Foundation?
Anybody. We have lots of fun!