About TCSEF

Who We Are

Transylvania County Schools Educational Foundation (TCSEF) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the enrichment of educational opportunities for our students and efforts to support the goals and strategic plans of the Transylvania County School System (TCS).

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Originally founded in 1989, the TCSEF went inactive for several years following the 2001 collapse of the U.S. financial markets.  It was reorganized in 2007 under the leadership of then School Superintendent, Dr. Sonna Lyda. After two years of work by a very dedicated group of board members, TCSEF began making grants for the schools in January of 2009.  Each year, the Foundation puts over $10,000.00 back into our schools.  A gift to TCSEF will increase its ability to add more funds to the grant awards each year.

By developing and encouraging public and private support of our local public school system, TCSEF promotes and solicits contributions that benefit TCS through grants, endowments and scholarships.  We provide financial support to resources that enrich, preserve, maintain and advance the value of public education.  The Foundation maintains several different funds that benefit TCS and its graduates.  There is a general endowment from which mini-grant awards are made to individual teachers and/or schools.

Our Mission

The Foundation’s mission is dedicated to the enrichment of educational opportunities for our students and efforts to support the Transylvania County School System.