Special Funds

I can’t state strongly enough how important IPEI is to the students of the Ithaca schools. IPEI is behind so much that enriches and excites the daily experiences of so many students throughout the district.

— ICSD Teacher
  • Special Funds are created by donors working with IPEI to further our mission while honoring influential people or organizations. Awards are made annually to recognize students, teachers and school personnel who exemplify the spirit of each fund.

    Ian Alberta Memorial Fund:
    Family and friends of Ian Alberta created this fund that funds books for fifth grade students related to their Kids Discover the Trail! Ithaca learning experiences because he volunteered at the Cayuga Nature Center.

    Charles W. and Phyllis B. Brodhead Fund:
    The Phyllis B. Brodhead Library Media Technology Grant helps the school library media centers keep current with technological advances. Two Red and Gold Grants are awarded each year in memory of Chuck Brodhead. Their family and friends made gifts in their memory which were added to funds earmarked for IPEI from Chuck’s will.

    Carol J. Buckley Scholarship:
    Established by Carol’s family and friends, the fund provides a scholarship to talented students pursuing advanced study in the arts, and can support Pre-K-12 arts programming.

    Rella and Barney Cohn Music Scholarship:
    Scholarships are provided to ICSD middle school students to pursue summer music activities at a pivotal time in their musical development.

    Josh Endo Memorial for the Continuing Support of Music Education (JEMM):
    The fund provides financial need-based scholarships for elementary student instrument rentals and secondary student instrumental music trips.

    Raymond C. Loehr Awards:
    The family of Raymond Loehr started a fund to honor his science education career. The fund makes two annual awards: the Innovative Science Teaching Award and the Environmental Science Scholarship.

    Noreen Moore Scholarship:
    The late Noreen Moore believed in strengthening families, especially those in need. To continue her legacy, the scholarship is awarded to a high school senior planning to study social work and/or early childhood education.

    Ithaca High School Senior Class Fund Awards:

    Each year the Senior Class of Ithaca High School votes on three awards that are funded through donations made to the fund since its establishment in 2004:

    • The New Teacher Award honors an untenured high school teacher who exemplifies enthusiasm and creativity in teaching
    • The Student Organization Award goes to a club that makes a significant positive impact on student life
    • The ICSD Staff Member award honors an exceptional staff member.

    Yan Wang ’05 Memorial Scholarship Fund:

    Friends and family of Yan Wang ’05 established this Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his amazing life and career. Yan was a big enthusiast of technology, whether it be his involvement in robotics at Ithaca High School or mechanical engineering at MIT. This fund aims to enrich STEM education for future generations of students at IHS and award select members of the Code Red Robotics Team.