What is a Foundation?

Platte County LogoTo enhance and offer educational opportunities, the Platte County Education Foundation with our community provides financial and motivational resources through a collaborative, transparent, and strategic approach. The Platte County Education Foundation (PCEF):

  • Is a tax exempt, non-profit corporation chartered in 1998
  • Is a part of the Kansas City Community Foundation which allows PCEF to use their investment team to our advantage
  • Administers scholarship funds and innovative classroom teaching grants annually
  • Is actively involved in raising funds from private and corporate sources to support scholarships and enrichment programs throughout the District
  • Is managed by a Board of Directors composed of dedicated community volunteers.


PCEF's goal is to increase the number of grants and scholarships given out each year. In 2021, the PCEF gave six student scholarships totaling $6,000. The Foundation scholarships are based on certain specific criteria (academic, community service, needs-based, general, and students going into education). Contact Sandi Ogden for more information on scholarship applications.

The scholarship applications are available on Platte County High School's counseling website or on this webpage in January and are typically due in March.

2023 Scholarships

The Platte County Education Foundation will award multiple, $1,000 scholarships to Platte County High School seniors, based on the following categories: Academic, Financial Need, Community Service, and Entering Education. Applications are typically released in January, due in March, and awarded in May. When completing an application through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, students may become eligible for other local scholarships.


PCEF is proud to announce up to five $600 classroom grant opportunities and two, $1,000 site grant opportunities for our staff to receive this year.

Congrats to 2021-22 School Year Grant and Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to the Platte County Education Foundation's six, $1,000 scholarship recipients: Lyric Ewing, Brody Fulk, Elizabeth Humburg, Amaira Peterson, Sherrin Senoga, and Jace Trimble! Foundation grants have also been selected: Pathfinder Elementary will receive a Site Grant for "Student Led Book Clubs," submitted by Mindy Wheeler. Classroom Grants have been awarded to Christina Pfaff, Theresa Robertson, Christina Dudley Peek, Madeline Sheldahl, and Joseph Masciovecchio for "Learning Through Building," "Drones! The Future is NOW!" "Pottery Wheel Pirates," "Creating Mathematics in a Thinking Classroom," and "Student News Editor iPads," respectively. 

Platte County Education Foundation Board

Jennifer Duncan Fain
Chris Patterson
Vice President
Brad Meyer
Laura Hulett
Brian Noller
Sharon Sherwood
Dr. Jay Jones
Jessica Anderson
Dr. Jay Harris
Ruth Swaney
Mikyla Murphy
Cheri Bonsignore


Ways to Support the PCEF

Any person wanting to support the PCEF may do so by making a tax deductible contribution to Platte County Education Foundation, 998 Platte Falls Road, Platte City, Missouri. Make a donation in honor of, or in memory of someone special.

The Platte County Education Foundation sells Major Saver cards during the fall of each year. These cards offer 21 buy-one-get-one-free offers from area businesses. The cards available for $15 each featuring businesses in Platte City and businesses along the Barry Road corridor. Click here to purchase yours!