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For information about the Foundation, grants, and scholarships, please contact Executive Director Donna Pray at (408) 842-3727 or visit


Gilroy Foundation

The District is supportive of the Foundation’s positive and amazing efforts which have awarded $7.4million since 1982 to the Gilroy community by supporting the Arts, Education, Health, Civic, Recreational, Technology, and Cultural needs. The District has collaborated with the Foundation in an effort to share valuable information about how they benefit Gilroy’s community.

  • Through Grants: When the GUSD Education Foundation was no longer a viable project of the District, it was folded into the Gilroy Foundation and its proceeds were used to open the GUSD Education Fund.  This Fund is used by GF’s Competitive Grants Program to award funding to GUSD programs only.
  • Through Scholarships: Scholarships:  Gilroy Foundation has currently 85 scholarships it awards.  Of those, 80 are awarded to GUSD high school graduates, totaling $193,632 in 2018!
  • Through Community Programs:  Gilroy Foundation was the financial vehicle for the building of the CHS Don Christopher Sports Complex.  It accepted all donations from the Christopher family and other community donors, worked with the GUSD Facilities team on the design and building of the project, and paid all bills associated with the Complex.
  • Through Nonprofit Partnerships:  Gilroy Foundation offers investment services to its NPP.  GUSD is one of them.  The District has funds that have been given over the years for scholarships.  The GUSD Scholarship Fund at the Foundation has continued to grow from the investment strategies, while still using 5% of the total Fund to cover the District’s annual scholarships.

In 2013, the GUSD Education Foundation joined the Gilroy Foundation to create the GUSD Education Fund which specifically awards grants to District programs. The application process begins in December for grants and January for scholarships. Information and applications may be found at

The Foundation has graciously awarded grants and scholarships over the years that have benefited students, staff and programs. Since its inception in 1980, the Foundation has awarded the District grants and scholarships in the amount of $889,468. Yet, many more deserving grant requests on behalf of GUSD staff and students are denied because of limited funds.

The Foundation continually seeks to secure additional funding to add to the GUSD Education Fund to support art and music programs, health services, counseling services, individual school needs, support for classroom materials, field trips, student recognition programs and scholarships.

District employees can support programs in the schools through the Gilroy Foundation by making a donation in any amount.

For information about the Payroll Deduction Program please view the following information:



Yesenia Gonzalez Mejia

Recipient of the 2008 Gilroy Foundation Julio Mata Family Scholarship Award

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