Annual Depoali Memorial Fund Grants
The Depoali Memorial Fund Grants are in memory of Kendyl Ruth Williams Depoali.
What is the Depoali Memorial Fund?
The Depoali Memorial Fund supports Washoe County schools in improving their classrooms to directly benefit students. Grants support innovative classroom projects, professional development, curriculum programs, or needed classroom tools and supplies.
Principals, teachers, administrators, or student organizations with guidance and approval from faculty from Washoe County Elementary, Middle, or High Schools are eligible to apply for a grant from this fund. Grants are distributed once annually; one or more grants of up to $4,000 may be awarded.
2022 applications are open with a deadline of October 31. Grants will be awarded by November 30.
Who was Kendyl Depoali?
Kendyl Depoali was an extraordinary educator who had a significant and lasting impact on education in Washoe County. She began her 33-year career with the Washoe County School District at Clayton Middle School in 1974. She continued on to teach at McQueen High School. Kendyl was a master teacher, and over her teaching career, taught subjects as diverse as home economics, geography, German, English, math, art, history, government, sociology, science, and speech and debate. She left the classroom to take on administrative roles, including becoming the Principal of her alma mater, Sparks High School.
In a 2003 Sparks High graduation speech, Kendyl exemplified her faith in the potential of the Washoe County School District and its students.
Public education allows us to frame our own futures to choose what those futures will be regardless of gender, skin color, disability, or wealth. Public education is the great opener of doors, the leveler of playing fields, the purveyor of equal opportunities. This country rewards effort, hard work, and … education.
Apply for a Grant from the Depoali Memorial Fund
Principals, teachers, administrators, or student organizations with guidance and approval from faculty from Washoe County Elementary, Middle, or High Schools are eligible to apply for a grant from this fund. Grants are distributed once annually; one or more grants of up to $4,000 may be awarded. Applications are due at 5 pm on October 31st. Funds will be disbursed in early December. Applications must be submitted via email to Marianne Reger, MReger@WashoeSchools.net, and/or Lauren Ohlin, LOhlin@washoeschools.net.