Our History

For more than 15 years the Hamilton Southeastern Schools District operated the Dollars for Scholars program through Scholarship America.  In the late 1990’s many community leaders including Susan Dilley and Mike Peterson encouraged the district to consider enhancing the impact.  Together with Superintendent Dr. Concetta Raimondi this group formed the Hamilton Southeastern Foundation (HSEF) in July 2001.  The mission of the foundation was to not only continue the Dollars for Scholars program, but also to expand into other scholarships and teacher grants.

In 2000-2001 the district had a total of 8,771 students.  Today the work of the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation (HSSF) serves over 21,000 students and more than 900 teachers and faculty.  The Foundation is an active member of the Indiana Association of Education Foundations (INAPEF) and the National School Foundation Association (NSFA).