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Neil and JoAnne Bateman Student Aspiration Fund

Neil and JoAnne Bateman Student Aspiration Fund

Culler Middle School Principal Michaela Hahn, right, shares thank you notes with Neil and JoAnne Bateman whose fund benefits Culler students.

In 2020, Neil and JoAnne Bateman established the Bateman Student Aspiration Fund to provide annual funds to help students in need so that they may envision a better future for themselves.

JoAnne taught at Mickle Middle School for 33 years – Neil at Culler Middle School for 26 years. They learned firsthand the struggles many students and families endure, serving student populations with high poverty rates. The Batemans' careers demonstrated a strong commitment to students in need of support not available through regular programming.


Applying for Funds

Application Open: October 2nd, 2023 - January 15th, 2024

Criteria: Culler Middle School and Mickle Middle School may apply for funds each semester. The grant application should indicate how the project will contribute to students envisioning a better future for themselves. 

This grant is intended to be used for fees, materials, expenses, and other needs that might prohibit a student from participating in academic clubs and activities, like Destination Imagination or the World Language Fair, for example. Funds should not be used for staff support, professional development, t-shirts (unless it is part of club participation) or sports-related needs.

Uses of these funds include, but are not limited to:

  • Books
  • Classroom needs
  • Technology
  • Field trips
  • Speakers

Selection Process: The applications will be reviewed by the donors and the Foundation will make the final decision.


The Numbers

  • Schools Served


  • Focus & Specialty Programs Served


  • Students Empowered


  • Teachers & Staff Supported


  • Funds Received This Year


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