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Edward Fein
Current and Past Projects

The Edward Fein Foundation encourages not only excellence in students, but also provides financial incentives for the best and brightest instructors. The incentives encourage the instructors to stay enthusiastically involved in their teaching profession. The foundation provides funding to reward quantifiable accomplishments and creates public awareness of educators' successes within their communities.


The Edward Fein Foundation supports innovative educational programs at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Those programs include, but are not limited to the Transitional Year Program (TYP), the Genesis Program, and the Summer Odyssey Program.

Characterized by academic excellence since its founding in 1948, Brandeis is the youngest private research university, as well as the only nonsectarian Jewish-sponsored college or university in the country. Named for the late Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brandeis University combines the faculty and resources of a world-class research institution with the intimacy and personal attention of a small liberal arts college.

The Edward Fein Foundation is committed to continuing to support the school's growth and its innovative programs that promote excellence in education.

Another recipient of the foundation's resources is the Arizona chapter of The United States Academic Decathlon. The Decathlon was first created by the former Superintendent of Schools in Orange County California. The Decathlon is a team competition wherein high school students match their intellects with students from other schools around the country. Students are tested in the areas of Art, Economics, Essay, Interview, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, Speech, and Super Quiz. Student contestants range from Honor "A" students to Varsity "C" students.

The 2001-2002 Arizona Teacher recipients of the Edward Fein Foundation Award were:

Coaches Award

The Edward Fein Foundation was a major sponsor of the National Conference of the United States Academic Decathlon held in Phoenix, AZ.
Name School
Annette Mickle Mesa
Bill Senne Morenci
Bonnie Willett Kingman
Brad Kaufman Red Mountain
Brian Hawkins Arizona School for the Arts
Candace Kelley Mogollon
Carol Kost Trevor Browne
Cathy Woodbury Tri-City Prep
Chris Yetman Canyon del Oro
Curt Canaday Mesa Mountain View
Dennis Hunt Joseph City
Diane Lemker Yuma
Eric Francis Horizon
Friederike Butler Paradise Valley
Gary Burden Douglas
Gina Vullo Carl Hayden
Greg Hall Chaparral
Heidi Allen Skyline
Jean Davis North Canyon
Jeremy Gemetta Sinagua
Jim Greene Mountain View Marana
Jim Treat Desert View
John Urban Sabino
Judy Peterson Blue Ridge
K.R. Scott Mountain Pointe
Karen Clayton Highland
Kari Neumann Kofa
Kathleen Adams Thunderbird
Lea Nach Cortez
Leighayn Green Round Valley
Lynn Fredericks Hopi
Mark Greenberg Camelback
Mary Loehnis Coronado
Melaina Wilkin Pueblo
Mike Berry North
Mitch von Gnechten Arcadia
Robert Bernier Sahuaro
Robert Cash Dobson
Sam Caruso Catalina Foothills
Steve Woodward Corona del Sol
SueAn Collins St. Johns
Todd Decker South Mountain
Tom Hamman Maryvale
Trishia Nash Chandler
Yvonda Sullivan Palo Verde

The Edward Fein Foundation seeks students, educators, and programs that exhibit high levels of integrity, including consistent examples of:

  • Good mental and ethical values;
  • Respect for themselves, their community, and their opportunities;
  • Responsiveness to duties and tasks;
  • A history of compassion and returning good fortune to others;
  • Persistence and perseverance in pursuit of their goals;
  • Judgment and decision-making consistent with their internal objectives.

The Edward Fein Foundation seeks exceptional high school students from financially or culturally challenged backgrounds and provides financial support for various types of educational opportunities.

The Quest Scholars Program at Stanford University has been a recipient of the generosity of the Edward Fein Foundation since its inception. The Quest Scholars Program was founded in 1988 by Dr. Michael McCullough. Now in its ninth year, The Quest Scholars Program brings 22 low-income high school students to prestigious Stanford University to attend a five-week residential summer environmental education program. The program is staffed by ten Stanford undergraduates who live on the campus and participate full-time in the program.

In 1999, the Quest program expanded to the Harvard campus and anticipates comparable success on that campus as well.

The Quest Scholars Program welcomes applications from bright, motivated low-income students who are interested in an environmental education.

The Edward Fein Foundation recognizes that students from minority cultures face the dichotomy of needing to fit in and function well in a diverse academic and workplace world, and yet retain their sense of belonging and self-worth defined largely by the culture of their birth.

The foundation supports the missions and goals of The Anti-Defamation League (ADL). The ADL was established in Chicago, IL in 1913 by a lawyer named Sigmund Livingston. The league's mission was "to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience, and if necessary, to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike. . . to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against, and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens." The mission of the ADL is today, as it was in the past, to expose and combat the purveyors of anti-Semitism.

The Edward Fein Foundation recognizes that the leaders of tomorrow are built from encouraging the development and positive growth of the children of today.

The foundation supports the Nevada Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. A member of The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the clubs' mission is to promote leadership, character, health and career development of youth, while emphasizing their social, cultural and educational growth. With special concern for children from disadvantaged circumstances, the programs help young people develop the self-esteem that is essential for them to become responsible citizens and leaders. The Edward Fein Foundation intends to continue to support The Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows and to expand its support to other Boys and Girls Clubs as well.

The Edward Fein Foundation believes that the development of character is an integral part of the entire educational process. Consequently, it is incorporating the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program into all of its grantee organizations.

The CHARACTER COUNTS! Program is committed to the six pillars of character — Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

Founded in 1993 by Michael Josephson, the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition is committed to the reduction of irresponsible sexual activity, drug and alcohol use, suicide attempts and vandalism.

The Edward Fein Foundation will continue to support the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition and to promulgate its Six Pillars of Character.

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