Welcome, Jennifer!

The executive committee of the Austin Public Education Foundation would like to announce that Jennifer Boysen has been hired as the new Executive Director effective September, 2021. Jennifer is originally from St. Paul, MN. She met her husband, Bryan (an Austin native and AHS Class of 1997 Grad), in Winona and made Austin her homeContinue reading “Welcome, Jennifer!”

The Results Are In!

The 2021 Packer Classic was a rousing success this past Monday at the Austin Country Club. 25 teams came together for a beautiful afternoon of golfing in support of education and Austin Public Schools. When planning this event, many of the COVID restrictions were still in place, so we needed to forego our usual dinnerContinue reading “The Results Are In!”


It’s time! The Austin Public Education Foundation is excited to announce that registration is open for this year’s Packer Classic. This golf tournament, held annually at the Austin Country Club raises funds that support classrooms and schools within Austin Public Schools District #492. The Details Monday, July 12, 2021: Austin Country Club When to beContinue reading “Fore!!!!”

2021-2022 APEF Grant Recipients

It is with great pleasure that we share this year’s APEF grant recipients. Once again, we found ourselves wondering what the next school year would look like. Thankfully, the health of the Huntting and Packer Endowments and the generosity of the Hirsch Family Foundation allow the Austin Public Education Foundation to continue providing grant fundingContinue reading “2021-2022 APEF Grant Recipients”

It’s Time! APEF Grants

Submit your APEF Grant Requests It is an annual tradition for the Austin Public Education Foundation to provide grants to instructional staff within Austin Public Schools to support and enhance learning. Since 1992, the Huntting and Packer Endowments have made these grants possible, growing from a single $500 grant that first year to 55 grantsContinue reading “It’s Time! APEF Grants”

2020 Eberhart Poetry Contest Winners

The 2020 Eberhart Night of Poetry was not able to be held in a face-to-face setting this year, but a virtual celebration has been made.¬† All 22¬†finalists made clips of themselves reading their poems and these were put together into a video celebration.¬† All 22 finalists receive a book of poetry courtesy of The FriendsContinue reading “2020 Eberhart Poetry Contest Winners”

2020 – 2021 APEF Grant Recipients

In the midst of a pandemic and navigating the sometimes tumultuous waters of distance learning, it is particularly sweet to be able to award grants to teachers and schools within the Austin Public School District #492. This year, we have had the privilege of receiving funds from the Hirsch Family Foundation. This allows us toContinue reading “2020 – 2021 APEF Grant Recipients”

2019 Distinguished Alumni

The Austin High School Alumni and Friends Association, along with Austin High School, would like to announce the 2019 recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award.  This award recognizes graduates of Austin High School for outstanding achievements and contributions to society following graduation. It also promotes positive role models for currently enrolled students in Austin School District #492. TheContinue reading “2019 Distinguished Alumni”

Interested in Joining the Board?

It is a balmy summer…. err… fall morning in September and the kids have been back to school for a couple weeks now. As everyone is getting back into their school year routines, so is the Austin Public Education Foundation. We are actively seeking a new member of the foundation board. Board members can expectContinue reading “Interested in Joining the Board?”

Thank you, 2019 Packer Classic Sponsors

Earlier this week, we wrapped up our 22nd annual Packer Classic Golf Fundraiser. It was a hot but breezy day, making it an enjoyable afternoon of golf at the Austin Country Club. We want to extend our gratitude for our sponsors and golfers, particularly for their support of the Austin Public Education Foundation Grants. EachContinue reading “Thank you, 2019 Packer Classic Sponsors”