Mark and Wanda Stelk

High Ability Learner Fund


Dr. Wanda Stelk spent her career at Grand Island Public Schools inspiring learners to reach for their best. She challenged high-ability learners both inside and outside the classroom. In her retirement, Dr. Stelk and her husband Mark wanted to continue to challenge students to be their best. The Stelks have launched the Mark and Wanda Stelk High Ability Learner Fund to offer enriching educational experiences for high-ability learners. The fund may be used to help individual students or a group of students.

Eligiblity and Purpose:

1. Requests shall be made in writing using the Mark and Wanda Stelk High Ability Learner Request Form

2. Students must be attending a school in the Grand Island Public School District

3. Students must be referred by a GIPS Staff Member and the form must be signed by the building Principal.

4. The request shall be for enrichment opportunities for high-ability learners including, but not limited to, specialized camps, transportation to enrichment events, enrichment classes, testing fees, project supplies, etc.

5. If other scholarships or opportunities exist, the student must have made an effort to acquire assistance through those sources prior to applying to the Mark and Wanda Stelk High Ability Learner Fund.

6. Student should qualify for free or reduced lunch. Note: This guideline can be waived if the principal/teacher is certain of the student's inability to pay due to other circumstances.

7. Requests shall not be made in arrears of the event (to pay back someone or a fund).

Grant Awards:

1. The Mark and Wanda Stelk High Ability Learner Fund will be subject to all administrative policies of the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation.

2. A review committee will meet as often as necessary to determine recipients for the fund.

3. The committee's decision will be final.

4. Grants will be made payable to institutions, organizations, etc. on behalf of high ability learners as a group or to benefit individual students.

5. Grants will not be paid directly to the student.

6. Once the award is made, the teacher or principal who referred the student must process the request through the Foundation Office for payment, unless otherwise directed by Foundation Staff.

Application Procedure:

Complete the grant application and submit to the Grand Island Public Schools Foundation. Grants will be awarded throughout the year as funds are available.

Stelk Guideline

Stelk Grant Application