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About Us

The Austin Education Foundation, Inc. (AEF) was founded in 2018 for the purpose of granting scholarships for deserving young people.

The AEF is recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a stated purpose of "encourage, promote and financially assist the furtherance of education and vocational advancements. This will be accomplished through awarding of scholarships and grants to individuals and public colleges and universities."

Advisory Board of Directors

Tony Austin
Mike Grubb
Dennis Hall
Jack Cervini

Scholarship Selection Committee(s)

Each scholarship has a selection commitee apointed by the Advisory Board. The scholarship selection committees are charged with selection of recipients based on the specific requirements of each individual scholarship.

Tax Excempt Status

The AEF is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization as a private foundation. Donations to the AEF are tax deductible contributions.

Operating and Overhead Expenses

Every penny of donations and funds generated through fund raisers will go directly for the stated purpose of awarding scholarships. There are no salaries or expenses paid to AEF staff, volunteers or directors. Any and all overhead or operating expenses are paid for outside of donated funds raised for schollarships. Again, every penny collected or donated for the purpose of awarding scholarships will go to that stated purpose.

Copies of tax returns and related fund raising activities are available upon request.

About The Austin Family Crest/Coat of Arms

Before the days of the internet, and other modern day searchable tools, Willis Austin researched and compiled a book on the Austin family history. Litteraly hundreds of hours were spent researching old census data and burial records to compile a detailed and accurate record. As a part of this work, Willis found an Austin Coat of Arms recorded in England in 1611. Below is an exerpt from his writing.

"This is the arms of the distinguished family name of Austin. Although there are earlier grants this arms was recorded in 1611 and brought to this country by Richard Austin in 1638. Richard Austin arrived in this country aboard the good ship "Bevis" with his wife and two children in 1638 from Bishopstoke, Hampshire England (Compendium of American Genealogy by Virkus) (Mathews American Armoury and Blue Book). He was a tailor by trade and settled in Charlestowne."

Willis W. Austin, Jr. 1984