Special Needs

This program provides the basic resources necessary to keep needy and At-Risk children in school. Through individual grants we provide books, fees, bus passes, clothing, shoes, and other items that a child might need. Once the students' basic needs are taken care of, they can concentrate on the learning process. These children are referred by Principals, Teachers, Nurses, Social Workers, Community Representatives and Counselors in TUSD schools.

Learn more about our specific programs:

Clothing Bank

EEF’s Clothing Bank Program has a double emphasis. The first is to provide assistance to students attending uniform schools. EEF’s second emphasis is to provide non-uniform clothing for students in need.

EEF Hearing Impaired Fund

Working with the Audiology Department of St. Mary’s Carondelet, EEF provides assistance for financially in-need students with hearing impairment needs. For inquiries about this assistance program, please contact EEF’s office by phone.

Hearing Impaired Application Form (PDF)

Focus on Vision

The Educational Enrichment Foundation’s “Focus on Vision” Program, through a partnership with OneSight (LenscCrafters), Dr. Jeffrey Lewis and Associates, L.L.C., Dr. Sam Sato, and Tucson Family EyeCare, provides eye exams and eyeglasses for approximately 250 in-need TUSD students each year. By providing high quality eyeglasses which a child will wear and care for, this program removes one of the greatest barriers to receiving an education for our community’s most at-risk children.

2013-2014 School Year Focus on Vision Application (PDF)

Interscholastic Scholarships Program

Academically eligible, financially in-need students in high school who are unable to pay TUSD's mandatory participation fee for organized, co-curricular activities (such as inter-mural team sports, orchestra, band, Academic Decathlon, cheerleading, spirit line, folkloric, mariachi, chess team, JROTC, etc.) may apply for an EEF Interscholastic Scholarship, part of EEF's Special Needs Fund. Please note that the academic eligibility and financial need of all applicants must first be verified by the appropriate TUSD school site representative BEFORE submitting the application to EEF.

Detailed Interscholastic Scholarship Program Information (PDF)

2013-2014 School Year Interscholastic Scholarship Application (PDF)

Shoe Shopping Days

EEF Shoe Shopping Days are held regularly at the beginning of the school year (September), during the holidays (December/January) and in the spring (April). The next scheduled EEF Shoe Shopping Days are April 11 and April 12, 2013. Please check with your school’s community representative, social worker, or principal’s office for information on how to attend an EEF Shoe Shopping Day. Applications to attend should be received at least one week prior to the event. Since the location of each EEF Shoe Shopping Day varies, it is essential that you submit signed applications directly to the EEF office in advance. Annually EEF Shoe Shopping Days provided approximately 1,000 pairs of shoes and 3,000 pairs of socks to our community’s most impoverished children.

Shoe Shopping Guidelines: In Word | In PDF

2013-2014 School Year Shoe Shopping Application (PDF)