Students Shine as Grantmakers

Bexley High School students in the BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program (YPP) spent this past fall learning from Columbus area nonprofit leaders about how their organizations both seek and make philanthropic grants. Using that knowledge, they then connected with peers, teachers and counselors to identify needs within the high school that could be addressed with YPP grants. The program culminated on January 26 when students heard from grant applicants and made their funding decisions. 

2021-2022 Youth Philanthropy Grants

$1,600 grant to Marybeth Motasum, BHS Family & Consumer Science teacher & Scott Logson, BHS Science teacher to support the development of an Ohio Native Pollinator Garden. The garden will be developed on a strip of grass in front of the middle school. It will serve as a learning environment for teachers and students to learn about the role of pollinators in the ecosystem and the importance of environmental conservation. 

$1,000 grant to BHS Math teachers Melissa McCreary & Laura Resnik and BHS Art teacher Helma Groot to have students who have an interest in the beauty of math and the beauty of art create a wall mural/art installation for the third floor/math hallway of the high school.

$460 grant to BHS Librarian, Mike Nolan to support the high school BAAPI (Bexley Asian American and Pacific Islander) Book Club by increasing the amount of  written by and featuring Asian American and Pacific Islanders in the high school library 

$1,000 grant to BHS School Counselor, Claudia Fugate to create “The Well” a designated physical space in the high school office for staff and students that would support the personal and collective well-being of the school community. The space would have light refreshments, a brag/affirmation board, de-stress items including books and puzzles, etc.

Remaining grant funds were allocated to providing higher quality femeine hygiene products for high school students. 

The BEF’s Youth Philanthropy Program is funded by the Charlene Morgan Emerging Leaders Endowment. To learn more about the program contact Wendy Hauwirth at