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Fund for Educational Excellence

Our Mission

The Avonworth Fund for Educational Excellence recognizes academic, artistic, or technical excellence through awards and recognition. The Fund also awards grants to enhance and support educational opportunities for the students and faculty. The Avonworth Fund for Educational Excellence accepts tax-deductible donations in order to further our mission.

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Awards Offered by the AFEE


  • THIRD GRADE SPELLING BEE AWARD: Presented to the third-grade student who wins the annual Spelling Bee. ($)

  • FOURTH GRADE POETRY AWARD: Awards a fourth-grade student who has the highest score for composing several poems of various styles. ($100)

  • AHS LOCAL HISTORY PROJECT: Recognizes eight-grade students having the best in-depth research project which features an oral presentation. ($100, $50, $50)

  • SPANISH CHS AWARD: Awards a student enrolled in Spanish CHS with the highest overall grade point average. ($200)

  • FRENCH CHS AWARD: Awards a student enrolled in French CHS with the highest overall grade point average. ($200)

  • LATIN CHS AWARD: Awards a student enrolled in Latin CHS with the highest overall grade point average. ($200)

  • CHINESE CHS AWARD: Awards a student enrolled in Chinese CHS with the highest overall grade point average. ($200)

  • ALFRED D. BEATTIE AWARD: Recognizes achievement in vocational/technical education by a senior who has attended Beattie Technical School during both the junior and senior years. ($200)

  • ELAINE BARRON MUSEUM ESSAY AWARD: Presented to the students with the best essay in each Senior English curriculum (Academy English 12 and AP English). The essays are assigned at the end of a literature unit on Greek drama, which incorporates literature, art, history, composition, and a field trip to the Carnegie Museum of Art. ($200)

  • LAURA EWING NATURE POEM AWARD: Awards a fifth-grade student for an original poem on nature with the highest score in technical and artistic merit. ($100)

  • SHELLEY TOMASIC LITERARY AWARD: Honors a student in third through fifth grade who improves in overall reading ability through the school year. ($100)

  • AVONWORTH CITIZENSHIP AND LEADERSHIP AWARD: Presented to two freshmen who consistently exhibit the core values that are the hallmarks of the mentoring program. ($100)

  • MUSICAL DIRECTOR AWARD: Recognizes three students who demonstrate extraordinary dedication and commitment to the musical production by faithful attendance, growth in the skills and knowledge required for the assigned duties, and a willingness to contribute to the quality of the production. ($200)



Link to donate:

Write a check made to The Pittsburgh Foundation* and mail to:
AFEE c/o Avonworth Middle School 256 Josephs Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237

*Put AFEE in the memo line so it's credited to our account.

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee

Caroline Boughton / Co-Chair
Elizabeth Pflueger / Co-Chair
Merle Culley / Founding Member
Julie Kolenda
Patty Rind
Margaret Robbibaro
Kristin Schleis

To learn more about this program, contact us at:

Our History

In 1992, a group of Avonworth citizens formed the Avonworth Fund for Educational Excellence as a permanent endowment fund managed by the Pittsburgh Foundation. Through the efforts of the Advisory Committee and the generous support of the Avonworth Community, significant contributions have been made to support our mission. The Advisory Committee works with the faculty of the Avonworth School District to design awards that promote and honor the achievements of students.
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