The Mikkelson Education Fund

OUR PURPOSE:
The Mikkelson Education Fund and the subsequent Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund were established to encourage and reward excellence in the teaching of mathematics and science. The main focus of the funds is to provide opportunities for K-12 teachers to attend short courses, seminars, and workshops which will improve or renew their technical knowledge and skills. We provide funding for tuition, travel, and living expenses for workshops, seminars, and projects which the teachers expect to find useful and enjoyable.

OUR HISTORY: The Mikkelson Education Fund was created in 1997. In our eighteen years of operation, we have provided support for over four hundred individual teachers and twenty organized programs. Teachers have attended workshops and courses in areas such as space science, engineering, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, and systems modeling. Programs we have supported include The Little Shop of Physics at CSU, The Frontiers of Science Institute at UNC, The Peak Area Leadership in Science, The Keys to Science Institute and Content Updates Through Scientific Inquiry at BSCS, The Rocky Mountain Math Teachers Circle, Junior Achievement, The Challenger Learning Center, Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, The Space Foundation, Cool Science, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Institute at The CU Medical Center. We also supported science kit training for over 100 elementary school science teachers in El Paso County. The Mikkelson Mathematics and Science Teachers Scholarship Fund was created in 2006 because of changes to grant making rules of donor advised funds. The fund is specifically aimed at providing scholarships for individual teachers to attend courses, seminars, and workshops. This program is now administered directly by The Denver Foundation. For further information and applications, please see mmastsf.

Group and Organization Requests for Teacher Program Funding

The Mikkelson Education Fund provides grants to IRS registered non-profit groups, organizations, and institutions which provide teacher training experiences consistent with the Fund's objectives. The Mikkelson Education Fund is a donor advised fund administered by The Denver Foundation. As a donor advised fund, The Mikkelson Education Fund solicits requests for funds and provides recommendations to The Denver Foundation. The Mikkelson Education Fund primarily supports educational requests in Colorado. The Denver Foundation has the final authority to approve grants and will ensure that grant rules and accounting practices are followed to preserve the charitable status of the Denver Foundation and the Mikkelson Educational Fund.
Grants will be made on the basis of the suitability of the program or project to further the goals of The Mikkelson Education Fund.
Through the Mikkelson Education Fund we expect to be able to support two to three group or institutional programs each year.

If your group or organization provides such programs or support for such programs please submit requests containing the following information:

  1. The organization's name, address, and telephone number.
  2. The organization's contact person and e-mail address.
  3. The organization's website URL (if any).
  4. The organization's 501(c)(3) status.
  5. A description of the organization's purpose and goals.
  6. A description of how the program aligns with the goals of The Mikkelson Education Fund.
  7. The proposed program's purpose, schedule, and budget.
  8. Information on similar projects in the past.
  9. Any other helpful information.

To:

The Mikkelson Foundation
P.O. Box 768
Monument, CO 80132-0768

If your group or organization is interested in developing programs with scientific and technical content, please see program development.