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

Each year, the Foundation awards nine $2,000 scholarships to active educators who are also AEA members. One recipient is chosen from each of AERA’s nine districts. As of May 2018, a total of 200 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 contributions 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 donations are tax deductible. Additional information may be obtained by calling the state office at 1-800-537-6867.

DistrictName and InfoTerm
1Kathy Archer
President

120 Olde Dogwood Trail
Decatur, AL 35603
256-580-5409
256-412-8520 cell
archk1@bellsouth.net

2017-2020
(Second Term)
2Joe McFerrin

1502 Latta Lane
Huntsville, AL 35811
256-852-2937 or
931-993-1421 (cell)
mcferrinjs@gmail.com

2017-2020
(First Term)
Finishing Joe Ward’s First Term
3Carol Abernathy
Secretary

592 Abernathy Road
Fayette, AL 35555-4607
205-932-6599 or 205-270-9993
Abernathy437@centurytel.net

2017-2020
(Second Term)
4Leannier Turner

Post Office Box 1397
Sylacauga, AL 35150
cell 256-404-2496
Leanniertuner@gmail.com

2018-2021
(Second Term)
5Katie Walton
President

2740 16th Avenue SW
Lanett, AL 36863
334-576-2209
walton2740@charter.net

2018-2021
(Second Term)
6Annie Robertson
Vice President

60 Aspen St.
Gallion, AL 36742
205-919-8081(cell) or
334-295-5261 (home)
robertsonannie@yahoo.com

2018-2021
(Second Term)
7Warren George

340 Green Leaf Drive
Montgomery, AL 36108
334-288-3415 or
334-221-7205 (cell)
wrgeorgeaera@gmail.com

2016-2019
(Second Term)
8Dianne Sirmon Martin

262 Levert Street
Mobile, AL 36607
251-473-2258 or
251-421-1603 (cell)
diannesmar@aol.com

2016-2019
(Second Term)
9Susan Helms

544 County Road 622
Enterprise, AL 36330
334-347-7350
Shelms4@roadrunner.com

2016-2019
(First Term)