Education philanthropy at the Foundation

The Santa Fe Community Foundation is committed to funding organizations and schools that prioritize learning and career readiness. Our education programs focus on direct support to Santa Fe Public School classrooms and teachers as well as to programs that provide targeted outreach for young parents, and the administration of scholarship funds for students on their pathway to college.

We believe in access to quality, affordable education both in and out-of-schools, including summer opportunities. The programs listed below support school readiness, reading, and math proficiency, high school graduation rates, and engagement with youth ages 12-24 who are not in school/not working.

Priority Areas

Education funding priorities

Direct support for Santa Fe Public Schools
Scholarship opportunities for college bound students


Our education programs


Dollars4Schools, an initiative of the Santa Fe Community Foundation since 2013, is a web-based funding resource for Santa Fe's public and charter school teachers. Dollars4Schools is 100% committed to student success and classroom support. Our unique grassroots structure provides teachers with a local "helping-hand." From funding teachers directly for classroom programs to providing students with school supplies, backpacks and winter coats, Dollars4schools connects community and classrooms every day in Santa Fe.

An assortment of brightly-colored pencils, pens, scissors, notebooks, rulers, paperclips, and many other school supplies

Michael S. Currier Scholarship Fund

The Michael S. Currier Scholarship Fund was established at the Santa Fe Community Foundation in 2000 to honor the memory of Michael S. Currier. This Fund provides renewable scholarships to low-income students from northern New Mexico pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited institution. Students should demonstrate exceptional talent, innovative thinking and/or creativity in a specific field of study. Scholarships are paid to the educational institution in the student’s name to subsidize the costs of tuition, fees, books, and educational-related expenses.

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Sussman-Miller Educational Assistance Fund

The Sussman-Miller Educational Assistance Fund was established to provide financial assistance to full time students, who are legal New Mexico residents or green-card holders attending a college or university in New Mexico, to begin or continue their education in an undergraduate or certificate programApplicants must demonstrate a ‘gap’ of financial need: the comprehensive costs of the college or university they will attend less the total of their student aid index (SAI), plus the financial aid and scholarships received from the college and university and any other scholarships received from other sources. The aid is made in the form of grant dollars sent directly to the students’ colleges or universities. Grants are renewable annually for up to 4 years/8 semesters of study.


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Dollars4Schools: Responding to the Needs of Local Teachers & Students

A range of local community-led philanthropic initiatives are contributing to school betterment and student well-being. Here in the Santa Fe area, one shining example is the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Dollars4Schools (D4S) program. 

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Our team is eager to assist you! If you are interested in learning more and getting involved with our education work, contact us.

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Diane Hamamoto

Director, Grants & Community Impact