Support LRSEF for just $10!

For just $10, YOU can make a difference for the next generation of scientists and engineers! On September 15, if LRSEF receives 25 gifts of $10 or more, we will get to split $50,000 with the other nonprofits that achieve this level during Give Local Louisville! Don’t worry about card transaction fees – The Sam Swope Family is covering up to $160,000 of fees just for Give Local!

Continue reading for more information on Give Local Louisville and how we use funds.

For the first time this year, we are a part of the GIVE LOCAL LOUISVILLE campaign.  In a 24 hour period (September 15), you can give conveniently online Ten Dollars inside a gearat

You can even list many of the local charities you contribute to all at the same time. Don’t worry about fees reducing your gift to LRSEF. The Community Foundation has attracted a grant from the Swope Family Foundation to cover the fees! 

So help us by giving early this year for LRSEF 2017.  If we reach over 25 unique gifts from our s
upport network in the single day of giving, we will qualify for BONUS funds.  
You must use a credit or debit card and give online.

100% of your donation goes to supporting student awards, school awards and travel grants. As an all-volunteer group, LRSEF has very low overhead, so your funds are spent on rewarding Kentucky STEM students for their excellent work. Every donation is tax deductible.

Consider how you can help LRSEF for 2017: 

  • $10 counts as a unique gift for Give Local Louisville. Help LRSEF reach 25 gifts to receive money from the Bonus fund! 
  • $100 or more can later be designated as a SPECIAL AWARD!
  • $135 will fund first, second & third Junior awards in ONE of 22 areas.
  • $180 funds the first, second & third place Senior category awards.
  • $750 covers the cash given to winning schools.
  • $1,500 funds ONE student or ONE teacher at the international fair.

How did we use your LRSEF 2016 funds?  
LRSEF 2016 was held on March 5 at the Kentucky Science Center with 304 students in grades 6-12 registering their projects. Students came from 25 different schools. The Science Center welcomed over 1,000 guests from the general public who engaged with the LRSEF students to learn about Engineering, Microbiology, Chemistry, Plant Science and more.

Over $10,000 in cash was awarded to students along with trophies, certificates and ribbons in 22 different STEM categories. In addition, over 50 special awards were sponsored by local and national companies and nonprofits. LRSEF volunteers included 240 judges with expertise in the STEM fields and 50 community volunteers helping as hosts.

The top seven projects won LRSEF Best of Fair Awards from a special 10-year grant of innovation funds established by Kevin Nolan, vice president of GE Appliances, in 2014. LRSEF sent 88 projects to the Kentucky State Science & Engineering Fair at EKU.

LRSEF nominated 10 percent of middle school winners for the national Broadcom MASTERS Competition. TWO students from LRSEF were just named the only semifinalists from Kentucky in this event. They are among the select 300 semifinalists from over 2,300 entries.

LRSEF sent four high school winners to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. An LRSEF student, Joshua Jacob, was the only student from Kentucky to win a top prize. He won first place in Materials Science for Development of a Hybrid Inkjet 3D Printer. 

Thank you for your support!