Grant application is now open for submission

Austin Public Education Foundation is pleased to be able to continue with a 30 year tradition of providing instructional staff grant monies to support and enhance learning in the classrooms! Since 1992 the Huntting and Packer Endowments have made these grants possible. Growing from a single $500 dollar grant that first year to awarding 50Continue reading “Grant application is now open for submission”

The Annabell Benson Endowment Fund

The Austin Public Education Foundation would like to announce the establishment of a new educational grant to benefit instructional staff for Austin Public Schools District #492. Annabell Mae Benson was born July 7, 1930, in Blackduck, Minnesota to Frederick William and Anna Cecilia (Sorberg) Benson.  She graduated from Blackduck High School and went on toContinue reading “The Annabell Benson Endowment Fund”

Grant Application Extended! Deadline is Now March 21st, 2022

Austin Public Education Foundation Grant Process Information Eligibility The APE Foundation is pleased to consider applications that benefit the students of the Austin Public Schools. Please review the attached district goals when submitting your grant. The foundation does not provide grants for the following: Salary or fringe benefits for school district employees Continuing education StudentContinue reading “Grant Application Extended! Deadline is Now March 21st, 2022”


It is an annual tradition for the Austin Public Education Foundation to provide grants to instructional staff within Austin Public School District support and enhance learning. Since 1992, the Huntting and Packer Endowments have made these grants possible, growing from a single $500 grant that first year to 55 grants totaling $45,588.20 in 2021! AustinContinue reading “IT’S TIME! APEF GRANTS APPLICATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED”

Welcome, Jennifer!

The executive committee of the Austin Public Education Foundation would like to announce that Jennifer Boysen has been hired as the new Executive Director effective September, 2021. Jennifer is originally from St. Paul, MN. She met her husband, Bryan (an Austin native and AHS Class of 1997 Grad), in Winona and made Austin her homeContinue reading “Welcome, Jennifer!”

The Results Are In!

The 2021 Packer Classic was a rousing success this past Monday at the Austin Country Club. 25 teams came together for a beautiful afternoon of golfing in support of education and Austin Public Schools. When planning this event, many of the COVID restrictions were still in place, so we needed to forego our usual dinnerContinue reading “The Results Are In!”

2020 Eberhart Poetry Contest Winners

The 2020 Eberhart Night of Poetry was not able to be held in a face-to-face setting this year, but a virtual celebration has been made.  All 22 finalists made clips of themselves reading their poems and these were put together into a video celebration.  All 22 finalists receive a book of poetry courtesy of The FriendsContinue reading “2020 Eberhart Poetry Contest Winners”

2020 – 2021 APEF Grant Recipients

In the midst of a pandemic and navigating the sometimes tumultuous waters of distance learning, it is particularly sweet to be able to award grants to teachers and schools within the Austin Public School District #492. This year, we have had the privilege of receiving funds from the Hirsch Family Foundation. This allows us toContinue reading “2020 – 2021 APEF Grant Recipients”