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What does the Southwest Foundation do?
The Southwest Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to work with Southwest High School and its alumni to create an exceptional educational experience for all Southwest students. The Foundation raises money to support academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for students and to provide scholarships to graduating seniors.
Every year we put out a request for grants. The request for 2018-2019 went out on March 16th with proposals due back to us by April 16th. Using specific guidelines and principles, the Southwest Foundation Board reviews all requests and awards grants. Grants are awarded at the end of the school year for the following year. Some grants provided for the 2017-2018 school year include:
ACT preparation classes for students in need
9th and 10th grade play, guest artists, guest actors
Field trips & classroom supplies
The Link Crew student mentorship program
The 9th Grade Academy to promote community and school spirit
Project Success to help students dream and plan for their futures
Technical personnel to support assemblies, classes, rehearsals, and performances in the Auditorium
Wellness Day and activities throughout the year to focus on student mental and emotional well being
Resources for newcomer English language learners at Southwest
Somali and Spanish interpreters for Fall and Early Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences
Supplies for the new culinary, food and nutrition classes
Field trip for IB Japanese students with visitors from our sister school in Japan - Kasugaoka HS,
Student scholarships for CAS projects
Offsite testing locations
Supplies, student awards, & postage
Field trips and incentives for School within School program
T-shirts for the Southwest student ambassadors group
Actors to help prepare IB assessment Shakespeare scenes
Supplies for students in the ASD program
Passport to College workshop
Respect Retreat with Youth Frontiers
Model UN local and Chicago conferences
Many after-school clubs and activities
Scholarships for graduating seniors
You can learn more about the Southwest Foundation at our monthly board meetings, always open to Southwest High School's broader community. We meet the 2nd Wednesday of every month within the administrative offices by the front door. Our last meeting before summer break is Wednesday, June 13th, at 7 PM.
Come meet our board and find out how you can get involved. If you'd like more information Please call 612-504-0479 or send a note to one of our board members.
Southwest High School Business Directory
If you are a Southwest Alumni or a current Southwest Parent or student and have a business you'd like alumni and parents to know about, please let us know.
We are compiling a list of alumni and parent owned businesses as a resource for other alumni and parents. Contact a board member or call 612-504-0479.
Distinguished Alumni awards -- Make a Nomination Today!
Our Distinguished Alumni Awards recognize alumni for their outstanding contributions to their community, alma mater, or country in their chosen career or community service.
The 2017 Distinguished Alumni were: John Hetland '48, Iric Nathanson '57, Tom Neiman '65, Gene Winstead '68, and Lizz Winstead '79.
The Foundation encourages alumni, current families, and the community to nominate their friends, family, and classmates who are deserving of this award. The Distinguished Alumni Committee, chaired by former Foundation President Nancy Rose Pribyl '81, reviews all nominations and selects the winners. To make a nomination, please click here to print a nomination form and mail it to the Foundation's address: 3414 W. 47th St., Minneapolis, MN 55410. If you would like a nomination form mailed to you, please call Nancy Rose Pribyl at 952.250.9891.
The Committee looks forward to hearing about the amazing accomplishments of Southwest's alumni community.