Scholarships & Professional Supplies

Our foundation provides earned financial assistance dollars for scholarships or professional training. We also provide supplies for every student who participates in the GCCA coaching program and successfully graduates from Greene County High School in Greensboro, Georgia.

Once a student has been accepted and committed to attend a college, advanced learning initiative, or professional certification program, earned financial assistance dollars are paid by the foundation on the student's behalf directly to the institution in which the student is enrolled.

Earned financial assistance for professional supplies will be awarded through Purposity, a secure financial app that allows our foundation to convert earned financial assistance dollars into the essential supply purchases required to launch a student's skilled trade or military career.

If a student elects to take a gap year before committing to advanced learning, earned financial assistance is held for up to two years until that student is successfully enrolled in a college, advanced learning initiative, or professional certification program, or begins their skilled trade career and submits a formal request for specific professional supplies.

If a student enlists in military service before advanced learning or beginning their career, professional supplies funding is available to support basic training required purchases. Or, earned financial assistance may be held for a total of six years on behalf of the student until he or she enrolls in a qualified advanced learning program or submits a formal request to use earned financial assistance for additional career-related professional supplies.

Dave Dollars

"Dave Dollars" are affectionately named in honor of our founder, Dave Thillen. These earned scholarship and financial assistance dollars are awarded, meticulously tracked, and set aside for students via a points-for-participation initiative beginning in a student's freshman year.

Whether a student is striving to become a skilled tradesperson, community worker, or a college scholar, all are eligible for earned scholarship and professional supplies financial assistance.

To recognize students for noteworthy achievements, additional financial assistance for scholarships and professional supplies may be publicly awarded by coaches and teachers at quarterly school assemblies. This recognition by their coaches, teachers, and peers has proven to be a great motivator for students.

 

At the end of the junior academic year, additional financial assistance for scholarships and professional supplies may be earned in the senior year through incentive-based challenges that might include hands-on work experience, reaching a stretch goal, and college or professional certification program acceptance.

A student shows her Dave Dollar
Dave Dollar

"Dave Dollars" are affectionately named in honor of our founder, Dave Thillen. These earned scholarship and financial assistance dollars are awarded, meticulously tracked, and set aside for students via a points-for-participation initiative beginning in a student's freshman year.

​Whether a student is striving to become a skilled tradesperson, community worker, or a college scholar, all are eligible for earned scholarship and professional supplies financial assistance.

To recognize students for noteworthy achievements, additional financial assistance for scholarships and professional supplies may be publicly awarded by coaches and teachers at quarterly school assemblies. This recognition by their coaches, teachers, and peers has proven to be a great motivator for students.

 

At the end of the junior academic year, additional financial assistance for scholarships and professional supplies may be earned in the senior year through incentive-based challenges that might include hands-on work experience, reaching a stretch goal, and college or professional certification program acceptance.

Financial Assistance

Charitable gifts are deeply personal. We understand. Every gift will help the Thillen Education Foundation pursue its mission and greater vision in using earned financial assistance money to empower future acceleration in a young person's personal and professional lives. Every gift will also help draw into focus the vital need for emphasis on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.​

The way out of poverty is through education and personal coaching.

This one-on-one approach is the absolute best solution

to ensure a successful future for our next generation.

Dave Thillen

Founder, Thillen Education Foundation

Ways to Give

Gift-In-Kind

Donations

A gift-in-kind noncash contribution of goods or services can include, for example, website development, photography or video services, invaluable reference materials, books, subscriptions for a new student resource library, school supplies or hygiene items for the Wraparound Care Center at Greene County High School, and other non-cash charitable donations. If you would like to make a gift-in-kind charitable contribution please contact us.

You are encouraged to consult with your tax advisor and refer to IRS Form 8283 for guidelines. 

Gift of Stock or

Securities

To donate stock held in a brokerage account, stock certificates in your possession, mutual funds, or closely held and other stock gifts, please contact us.

Estate Bequest, Donor-Advised Fund, or Trust

To bequeath a portion of your estate to the Thillen Education Foundation or to establish a donor-advised fund or trust, please contact us.

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Through Amazon Smile, customers may choose Thillen Education Foundation as their designated charity for which Amazon will contribute to the Foundation a small percentage of each qualifying order. 

*Our Fiduciary Promise: Thillen Education Foundation utilizes unbiased, third party financial advisors to process all financial donations, including managing investments for future allocation to students by disbursement of financial assistance and professional supplies funding.

For more information, please contact us.

A gift-in-kind noncash contribution can include website development, media services, reference materials, books, school supplies or hygiene items for the Wraparound Care Center at Greene County High School, and more. If you would like to make a gift-in-kind charitable contribution please contact us.

You are encouraged to consult with your tax advisor and refer to IRS Form 8283 for guidelines. 

The Thillen Education Foundation gratefully accepts monetary donations and gift-in-kind contributions to support its mission to empower Greene County High School students through earned financial assistance for post-secondary education and career launches, including military service. Our secondary objective is to enable Greene College & Career Academy to implement the coaching, life planning, and mentoring opportunities for higher learning and advanced training for a skilled career. We are happy to discuss your desire to contribute and develop a customized program that works for you or your company. Thank you in advance for considering your donation to Thillen Education Foundation, a Georgia-registered nonprofit organization.  Contact us to learn more.​​​

Donate by Check (Preferred)

Please make checks payable to:

Thillen Education Foundation

1101 Hawthorne Heights

Greensboro, GA 30642

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Donate Online

You can make a secure tax deductible donation‏ via credit card, checking, or savings account via PayPal.

Donate by Phone

To donate by phone please call Elaine Thillen at 404-281-2453.

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