Community Foundation’s Second Round of Grants Awarded to Six Organizations Helping with Covid-19

Nearly $1 Million Awarded Through Emergency Response Grants Created at Community Foundation

In the second round of grants distributed from the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding $81,500 to six central Oklahoma charitable organizations who are providing direct services and assistance to individuals impacted by Covid-19.

The announcement of these six grants comes two weeks after the Oklahoma City Community Foundation first awarded grants to help central Oklahoma organizations helping with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Community Foundation has awarded a total of $385,750 to seven central Oklahoma organizations since the establishment of the 2020 Disaster Relief Fund in late March.

The Community Foundation has received 76 inquiries requesting more than $1.7 million, but has remained focused on awarding grants to support health care, isolation issues for the elderly and economic support for vulnerable populations.

Additionally, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation has awarded $611,950 through emergency response donor-established advised funds, bringing the total amount awarded through the Community Foundation’s 2020 Disaster Relief Fund and the donor-established advised funds to $997,700.

The following six organizations are receiving the second round of 2020 Disaster Relief Fund grants:

HopeHouse OKC | $10,000 to provide transitional housing for families experiencing homelessness, helping mitigate the long-term effect increased unemployment rates could have on at-risk families.

Hope is Alive Ministries | $15,000 to fund partial rent payments for individuals residing in sober living houses who are at risk of eviction.

Center for Employment Opportunities | $10,000 to fund a transitional work crew of individuals formerly involved with the justice system who are facing significant barriers involving workforce reentry.

Sisu Youth Services | $16,500 to support an emergency shelter for youth experiencing homelessness.

Metropolitan Better Living Center | $20,000 to help the adult day care facility deliver food and other at-home services to clients’ homes instead of at the facility.

Community Health Centers of Oklahoma | $10,000 to provide personal protective equipment for staff and patients at the Mary Mahoney Memorial Health Center and Healing Hands Health Care Services (for the homeless), as well as provide medication for individuals experiencing homelessness.

Oklahoma City Community Foundation Awards $338,000 in Scholarships to 169 Metro-Area High School Students

Graduating Seniors Each Receive $2,000 Community Foundation Scholars Award

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation is awarding $338,000 in scholarships to 169 graduating seniors from 53 central Oklahoma high schools. Awarded through the Community Foundation Scholars program, the scholarships are a portion of more than $2 million that the Oklahoma City Community Foundation will award to students throughout Oklahoma this year.

“It is thanks to our generous donors who recognize the educational and financial challenges students encounter that the Community Foundation has become the state’s largest independent scholarship provider,” said Nancy B. Anthony, Oklahoma City Community Foundation President. “We’re thrilled to support education for this group of students, especially 72 New Opportunities Scholars who will be charting a new course as the first members of their families to attend college.”

Through the Community Foundation Scholars program, graduating seniors from 53 central Oklahoma high schools may apply for scholarships. Recipients include students who may not be eligible for the most competitive academic scholarships, but are good students and actively serve their communities, as well as students who will be the first in their family to attend college. Each recipient will receive a $2,000 award for the 2020-2021 academic year.

To ensure students are eligible for the awards, each school’s guidance counselor must participate in the Central Oklahoma Guidance Counselor Network, a free program offered by the Community Foundation that provides training opportunities on college admissions and financial aid practices.

Following are the Community Foundation Scholars recipients for the 2020-21 academic year:

ASTEC Charter School: Jandi Barrios, Melissa Belmonte, Wendy Briones, Bryan Marquez, Diana Martinez, Gael Noriega, George Patterson-Tellez, Isela Rios, Luis Rosales-Chavira

Bethany High School: Hunter Mullins, Micah Pennington, Rachel Wiens

Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School: Coleman Bardell, Grayson Russell, Dennis Velasco

Capitol Hill High School: Darian Calfy, Daniel Lopez

Carl Albert High School: Kathryn Souza, Lane Youngblood

Casady School: Tylar Lason

Choctaw High School: Olivia Cruz, Cole Watkins

Christian Heritage Academy: Elise Wall

Classen School of Advanced Studies: Sergio Hernandez, Rem Iang, Eric Martinez, Sheila Nguyen, Michelle Taffe, Keren Turcios Ortega, Angelina Williamson, Kya Wilson, Estrella Zarate-Martinez

Community Christian School: Madison Buchanan

Crooked Oak High School: Esmeralda Castaneda, Kate Contreras, Citlaly Espinoza, Jessica Sanchez

Crossings Christian School: Sawyer Turner

Deer Creek High School: Vandad Asadi, Nevaeh Jefferson, Megan Neaves, Madelyn Puckett

Del City High School: Ashli Acosta Rojas, Corey Brannon, Julie Glisson, Zoi Washington

Douglass High School: Ty’Tiauna Alsup, Akaari Gallagher

Dove Science Academy OKC: Azrael Cantera, Julian Villaman

Edmond Memorial High School: Janiah Bowers, Keyse Nieto, Khushi Patel

Edmond North High School: Issabel Agbogbo, Valeria Carreno, Gladys Green

Edmond Santa Fe High School: Hailey Grimmett, Thuan Nguyen, Kyleigh Rankin, James Sanderson

El Reno High School: Malik Boland-Pickett, Madyson Carr, Abby Jeffrey

Emerson North High School: Adrian Perez

Emerson South High School: Nyia Graham-Dunn

Guthrie High School: Isabella Lewis, Maeghan Mathews, Trevor Sallee

Harding Charter Preparatory School: Alexandra Ablah, Eduardo Benitez-Mejia, Astrid Ceniceros-Barron, Jesus Hernandez, Gwendolyn Herrada, Fatima Jaime, Evelyn Martinez, Tina Nguyen

Harding Fine Arts Academy: Ivy Archer, Sarah Brady, Jessica Cutzal, Jennifer Rodas-De Leon, Anthony Velasco

Harrah High School: Seth David, Morgan Mann

Heritage Hall: Kennedy Mattocks

John Marshall High School: Daja Dyas, Talayla Hillmon, Najae Marks

Jones High School: Tina Beshears, Strong Moore

Luther High School: Kaylee Garrett

Midwest City High School: Meagan Lancaster, Macalah Ruff

Millwood High School: Jada Wilson

Moore High School: Lathanise Cox-Moscatello, Brooke Halbert, Beyonce Hammond, Giselle Kepple, Aslyn Lansche, Joshua Miles

Mount St. Mary High School: Jackson Boyd, Antonio Leon, Karina Morales

Mustang High School: Zachary Clark, Madeline Nelson, Danny Nguyen

Norman High School: Angelyn Connywerdy, Kaylee-Nicole Eyabi, Diana Roldan Guzman

Norman North High School: Mackenzie Dodson, Kathryn Frank, Elizabeth Mateo-Johnson, Janeth Velasco-Garcia

Northwest Classen High School: Keturah Armbrister, Arlette Barrios, Nory Gonzalez, Keysy Maldonado, Brittany Motes, Jessica Rivas-Calderon

Oklahoma Christian Academy: Abbegayle James

Oklahoma Christian School: Lucy Thomas

Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics: Anika Patel

Piedmont High School: Gitonga Nyaga, Jesse Palmer

Putnam City High School: Christopher Boadi, Hunter Huxman, Caleb King, Alberto Morales Ruiz, Joana Moraz, Colby St. John, Haiqa Zia

Putnam City North High School: Deven Bruner, Jailyn McCoy, Lily Mikes

Putnam City West High School: Silvia Barrios, Amparo Bernabe, Adrienne Doffney, Kelvinson Giron-Gramajo, Claudia Gramajo, Jessica Reyes, Luis Rojas, Mohammad Sajawal, Vanessa Velazquez

Santa Fe South High School: Desiree Dominguez, Aleyda Ibarra Alonso, Ruby Munoz, Eddy Rodriguez, Yuvia Sanchez

Southeast High School: Jesus Barragan, Nia Osita, Angelica Soria, Annett Tineo Henriquez

Southmoore High School: Clare Dooling, Brice Hembree, Robert Parker

Star Spencer High School: Maaliyah Livingston

U.S. Grant High School: Nallely Lopez Ojeda, Galilea Perez

Western Heights High School: Mystery Bennett, Ismael Carrasco, Meloni Dean, Leta Rae Gunner, Linda-Ann Gunner, Karnesha Landry, Jade Langkeit

Westmoore High School: Tyler Cooper, Lauren Harman, Megan Vu

Yukon High School: Keigan Davidson, Benjamin Wilkins

About the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

Founded in 1969, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works with donors throughout the state to create charitable funds that will benefit our community both now and in the future.