S ince 1996, we have proudly served the communities of Fort Lawn, Great Falls, and all of Lancaster County. As we grow a healthier community, together, the Arras Foundation is committed to supporting educators and their work to create innovative learning opportunities for students. We want all students to thrive and reach their full potential.

The Horizon Education Grant promotes collaboration between educators, parents and students in shared projects and activities. Educators have the option to apply for two Horizon Education grants during the school year, one $500 grant and one multi-educator grant up to $2,000.

The Youth Committee is the body responsible for reviewing and approving all grant applications. This is an opportunity for students to get involved in community activity, explore the world of philanthropy, and aid in innovation within the school system. Students from the University of South Carolina Lancaster (USCL), Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land, Lancaster County, Great Falls, and Lewisville High Schools make up the Horizon Education Grant Youth Committee.

Potential grantseekers are requested to complete the following application steps:

Step 1


Watch the “Community Indicators” Video.

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Step 2

Identify (2) or more community indicator areas your proposal is intended to strengthen.

Step 3

Review the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate and identify one (or more) from the three attributes.

Step 4

Seek school leadership approval for proposal.

Step 5

Collaborate with a student or parent on your ideas or classroom needs.

For teachers at the elementary level (4K through 5th grade), collaboration with at least one parent; for teachers at the middle, high and post-secondary level, collaboration with at least one student.

Step 6

Complete an application.

Horizon Education applications are now being accepted. Click here to apply!

Horizon Education Grant Resources

Click here to access Horizon Education Grant application templates and resources.

Please submit applications for the Spring Review Cycle before 11:59pm on Wednesday, March 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Howe (EHowe@arrasfoundation.org).

Horizon Education Grant Youth Committee

Throughout each grant cycle, our dedicated Youth Committee reviews all Horizon Education grant applications. Our Youth Committee members are selected by their respective schools to represent six area high schools and the University of South Carolina. This group makes final funding decisions with guidance from Foundation Trustees and Staff. On a monthly basis, this group will be exposed to professional and leadership development opportunities in addition to practice with grantmaking. If you know of a student who would be interested in this opportunity, contact Elizabeth Howe (EHowe@arrasfoundation.org) and let your school know! 

Jasmine Anthony

USC Lancaster

Sydney Bailey

Great Falls High School

Karli Faulkenberry

Buford High School

Ashley Flynn

Lewisville High School

Sabrina Francis

Andrew Jackson High School

Matthew Hensley

Buford High School

Jordan Holmes

Great Falls High School

John Kirkland

Andrew Jackson High School

Jassaria Diaz Melgar

Lancaster High School

Sophia Oueini

Lancaster High School

Nolan Rachels

Lewisville High School

Tanner Sellars

Buford High School

Jaden Stover

Lancaster High School

Annsley Vick

Andrew Jackson High School

Jared West

Indian Land High School

Erin Wood

Indian Land High School

 Check out how Van Wyck Elementary School utilized the Horizon Education Grant!


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2021-2022 Grantees

School Project Educator(s)
Brooklyn Springs Elementary Dealing Success Marni Peavy, Monica Baskin, Jane Poovey, Andrea Hudson
Brooklyn Springs Elementary Lights, Camera, Action! Shelby Schwartz, Brittany McManus
Buford High School The Dream to STEAM Gayle Posipanko, Phillip Fleming, Sydney Bucca, Juline Wieland
Great Falls High School All Kids Active Josh Heffner, Garrett Knight
Heath Springs Elementary Makerspace for STEAM Future Kristy Horton, Megan Hanna
Indian Land Elementary School Marble Run Fun Elizabeth Massie, Janet Vecchio
Indian Land Middle School Working Without Walls: An Open Air Classroom Teresa Petty, Nancy Gearhart, Phedrian Alexander, Kelly Ewing
Lancaster High School Goodbye Language Barriers Ingrid Corpuz, Eric Byrd, Sara Jordan, Sharon Johnson
Lewisville Middle School Be the Best You Heather Hillis, Alma Wilson
Lewisville High School Safe Training Rusty Pemberton
Lewisville High School The Weight Room Rusty Pemberton, Will Mitchell, Whitney Eubanks, Blake Barron
Lewisville High School Seeing Myself in Books Lynn Kelley
Lewisville Middle School Be the Best You Heather Hillis, Alma Wilson
Lewisville Middle School Yuki Ball Whitney Eubanks
North Elementary School Exploring Groundwater Hydrology & Macro Invertebrates Stephanie Golaski
USC Lancaster Lancer Ambassadors Karlee Christian, Haley Sims, Jennifer Blackmon, Justin Pearson

2020-2021 Grantees

School Project Educator(s)
Andrew Jackson Middle School Welcome to Vol-Ville Susan Hammond, Michelle Perkins, LaShae Wallace
Educational Foundation of USC Lancaster CLEVER – Campaign Literacy Educates Voters to Encourage Responsibility Steven Campbell, Danelle Faulkenberry, Brandon Newton, Ryleigh Waiters
Great Falls High School Project AKA – All Kids Active Josh Heffner, Garrett Knight
Great Falls High School, Lewisville High School The Next Steps with Holly Hayes: Empowering Students to Move Ahead After an Unusual Senior Year Antonio Artis, Abby Brunson, Robbie Yarbrough
North Elementary Learning Power ON-THE-GO Marian Berks, Anna Evers, Katherine Hopper, Rebekah White
North Elementary Powerful Connections Deborah Cole, Ingrid Corpuz, Rebecca Hammond, Bailey Threatt
USC Lancaster Finance Bootcamp Albert Blackmon, Phillip Parket, Stan Emmanuel, Mike Sherrill
Van Wyck Elementary Growing Our Leveled Library: Expansion and Home Connection Samantha Rigby

2019-2020 Grantees

School Project Educator(s)
Andrew Jackson High School Composers Unite Lizzi Elliott, Katy Richert, Shannon Bradberry
Andrew Jackson High School Lifting for a Lifetime Brenton Walters, Tyler Bradley, Scotty Phillips, TJ Armburst
Andrew Jackson High School State Exam Test Preparation Josianne Campbell
AR Rucker Middle School Math Interactive Notebooks…..Digitalized! Casie Cate
Buford Elementary ABii Andrea Ribelin, Trena Thompson, Betsy Vick, Patrick Marsall
Buford Middle School 3, 2, 1…Reporting from the BMS Hive Ann Tillman, Kelly Cauthen, Karen Dingler, Denay Gossman
Heath Springs Elementary School Thriving Not Striving Kendall Blackmon, Anna Taylor, Michelle Mothershed, Mandy Allen
Indian Land Middle School Figure It Out Teresa Petty, Curwood Dillingham, Nancy Gearhart, Susan Lloyd
Lewisville High School DNA: The Real Deal Amanda Freeman, James Salters, Johnnie Catoe
Lewisville High School The Closet Jessica Chastain, Reagan Love
Lewisville High School Art Journaling- Enjoying the Process of
Creativity with Motivational Words
Merideth Hill
Lewisville High School Halftime Weight Room Rusty Pemberton, Josh Beckham, Will Mitchell, Whitney Eubanks
Lewisville High School Professional Camera Movement Pete Stone, Audry Allaman, Katharine Stone, Carol Rachels
North Elementary School Language Beyond Today Ingrid Corpuz, Erin Kirkley, David Warren, Mariam Berks, MaryBeth Williamson, Jane Hudson
North Elementary School Reading with the Senses Deborah Cole, Tessa Cox, Anna Baker, Rebecca Hammond
Southside Early Childhood Center Developing the STEAM Way! JoAn Willis, Meredith Broome (4k), Riketa Williams (Early Head Start)
USC Lancaster College Mentorship Day Kristen Hammond, CoSonja Allen, Angela Blakeney, Ernesta Adams, Elaine Connor
USC Lancaster Study Abroad to Eastern Europe –
Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic; Krakow, Poland; and Vienna, Austria
Susan Cruise, Angela Neal, Shana Dry, Antonio Mackey, Nathan Mellichamp
USC Lancaster/Indian Land High School The Chemistry STEAM Team Bettie Obi Johnson & Jill Castiglia (USCL),  Salwa Ghaly & Ellen Lonon (ILHS)
Van Wyck Elementary School Books for Bilinguals April Davis
Van Wyck Elementary School Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom Amanda Alter, Kristy Bartlett, Jena Dean, Maggie Wilson
Van Wyck Elementary School Readers Become Leaders Samantha Rigby
Van Wyck Elementary School STEAM Care Amy Wamsley
Van Wyck Elementary School Tactile Learners Patti Hyder