Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Upper Arlington Education Foundation is aligned with and supports the goals and plans of the Upper Arlington City School District. Our mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for each and every student and we are proud to provide resources for programs and projects focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
We value the unique experiences and backgrounds of our community of donors, fund advisors, staff, board members, volunteers, and school district employees as we work together to further our mission.
Upper Arlington is an excellent school system, but there is work to be done. We take seriously the importance of students feeling a sense of belonging, safety, and inspiration to reach their full potential.
Looking forward to 2021 and beyond, the Upper Arlington Education Foundation will
Assess our own processes and policies including grant-making, to ensure equity among students;
Provide continued board and staff development opportunities in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion that will allow us to continue to support the strategic vision of the School District;
Partner with our community to ensure needed resources are available to those who are working passionately on behalf of each and every student in Upper Arlington.
Focused on What Matters Most
The Upper Arlington School District is proud of its nearly 100-year tradition of providing the children in our community with the highest quality education.
Visionary leaders throughout the history of Upper Arlington Schools have diligently worked to ensure future opportunities for students. This dedication to students has not gone unnoticed, as evident from the foreword to the 1925 Upper Arlington High School Annual:
“Little more than a decade ago our village and school was a dream, a hope in the minds of our forward-looking citizens. Today both are glorious realities, the consummation of that past hope and dream. Those who planned so well and executed so nobly did so that we the babes and then unborn generation—the school boys and girls of today—might not lack the stuff wherewith to prove ourselves. With this heritage, fraught with the most coveted opportunities, as ours, we do not intend to fail those who have had the faith and vision to make these opportunities possible.”
Sixty years later, in 1985, Superintendent Homer Mincy and his administration realized the need for our school district to seek alternative funding sources. In order to support the students through swiftly changing economic, social and technological conditions, Dr. Mincy along with Upper Arlington community leaders, created the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. The UA+Ed was permanently structured to provide support to our district then, now and in the future.
Now, over thirty years since the establishment of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, we continue to partner with our school district, providing access to meaningful educational opportunities for all students.
The Mission of the Upper Arlington Education Foundation is:
to privately fund and support programs, materials, and opportunities that maintain, strengthen or enrich our students’ environment and educational experiences, the expenses of which exceed the budget of the Upper Arlington School District.
In 2024, Upper Arlington High School will hold its 100th graduation ceremony. These future graduates rely on us to ensure that, even with the cost of education rising and governmental funding in flux, each will receive an outstanding Golden Bear education.
We do not know exactly what the needs of our students will be, but we do know that our administrators and staff members are responsible for preparing our students for:
Jobs that don’t yet exist, using technology that hasn’t been invented,
to solve problems that we don’t know are problems yet.
Learn more. Contact Alice Finley today.
Dr. Homer Mincy was the Superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools from 1972 until his retirement in 1993. In 1985, Dr. Mincy and his administration realized the need for our school district to seek alternative funding sources. In order to support the students through swiftly changing economic, social and technological conditions, Dr. Mincy along with Upper Arlington community leaders, created the Upper Arlington Education Foundation. The UA+Ed was permanently structured to provide support to our district then, now, and in the future. Upon his retirement, the Homer F. Mincy Endowment Fund was established to support professional development of school district staff.
Dr. Homer Mincy passed away on October 28, 2020. The Upper Arlington Education Foundation is honored to have been founded by Dr. Mincy and is proud to continue his vision to support the Upper Arlington Schools. To read more about his life, please click here.