Overview

The Alabama Education Retirees Foundation (originally named the Alabama Retired Teachers Foundation) was officially incorporated on September 29, 1989, and received its Federal Income Tax exemption under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code on October 31, 1989. The Foundation was created by the Alabama Retired Teachers Association, Inc. (ARTA), which is now the Alabama Education Retirees Association, Inc. (AERA). One of the purposes of the Foundation is to offer scholarships for those who are currently engaged in teaching as a career. The Foundation has been actively pursuing contribution to build a financial base that will provide the financial support for a series of scholarships awarded to educators who wish to pursue further training.

Scholarship Program

The initial action of the Foundation included the creation of the Elementary/Secondary Education Scholarship Program. This program is designed to provide onetime scholarships for educators who are currently employed in a state public school system (K-12). Scholarship recipients will receive training in areas of counseling, mathematics, science, computer education, library media, special education, English as a second language, or other specialized areas where a proven need exists. The Foundation’s board of directors determines the amount and number of the scholarships annually.

Accomplishments

In 2015, the Foundation awarded nine $2000 scholarships to active educators who are also AEA members. One recipient is chosen from each of AERA’s nine districts. A total of 173 scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 1991. Also, non-certified personnel are eligible to participate in the scholarship program to receive assistance in obtaining certification.

Contributions

To supplement the financial support from state membership and local units, the Foundation actively seeks contribution to reach its goal. One significant means of contributing is to have the name of a loved one or friend included on the “Hall of Fame” wall located in the AERA state office in Montgomery for a contribution of $100 or more. All donation are tax deductible. Additional information may be obtained by calling the state office at 1-800-537-6867.

DistrictName and InfoTerm
1Kathy Archer
Secretary

364 Grayland Street
Russelville, AL 35653
256-331-3486
256-412-8520 (cell)
[email protected]

2014-2017
(First Term)
2Joe McFerrin

1502 Latta Lane
Huntsville, AL 35811
256-852-2937 or
931-993-1421 (cell)
[email protected]

2014-2017
(First Term)
Finishing Joe Ward’s First Term
3Alma Wyatt Jones
Vice President

1605 Montrose Drive South
Tuscaloosa , AL 35405
205-345-5514 or
205-242-4442 (cell)
[email protected]

2014-2017
(Second Term)
4Leannier Turner

P.O. Box 1397
Sylacauga, AL 35150
256-404-2496
[email protected]

2015-2018
(First Term)
5Katie Walton

2740 16th Ave. SW
Lanett, AL 36863
334-576-2209
[email protected]

2015-2018
(First Term)
6Annie Robertson

60 Aspen St.
Gallion, AL 36742
205-919-8081 or
334-295-5261 (cell)
[email protected]

2015-2018
(First Term)
7Warren George

340 Green Leaf Drive
Montgomery, AL 36108
334-288-3415 or
334-221-7205

2013-2016
(First Term)
8Dianne Sirmon Martin

262 Levert Street
Mobile, AL 36607
251-473-2258 or
251-421-1603 (cell)
[email protected]

2013-2016
(First Term)
9Barbara Arnold
President

125 Walnut Drive
Enterprise, AL 36330
334-347-0933 or
334-389-1569
[email protected]

2013-2016
(Second Term)