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AEF® FOUNDERS

The Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®) was founded in 1983 by then Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Warner who believed that public schools were often unfairly cast in a negative light, despite being able to accomplish great things against seemingly insurmountable odds. She appealed to two longtime business leaders and friends, William “Bill” Shover (then Director of Community Relations for the Arizona Republic) and Eddie Basha (then President of the grocery store chain Bashas’) to help her start an organization that would celebrate excellence in public education and provide programs to support schools on a path to excellence. From the brilliant mind of Carolyn Warner and the generosity of Shover and Basha, the Arizona Educational Foundation was born.

CAROLYN WARNER LEGACY AWARD

Honoring Champions of Education

Each year, the family of Carolyn Warner honors their mother through the Carolyn Warner Legacy Award, recognizing champions of Arizona public education.

SUPPORT THE CAROLYN WARNER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND

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To honor their mother's legacy and passion for education, her family established

The Carolyn Warner Memorial Scholarship Fund which awards two annual scholarships:

  • The Carolyn Warner Legacy Award honors an exceptional Arizona Teacher of the Year or Teacher of the Year finalist who continues to make a profound impact on Arizona education; and

  • Career and Technical Education Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Scholarship awarded to an outstanding JAG graduate.

All donations to The Carolyn Warner Memorial Scholarhip Fund are matched 1:1 by The Doherty Foundation.