F. L. Hipp Foundation - Background Information

Established in 1993, the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education was created to provide opportunities for school employees to expand their visions of excellence in our classrooms and schools. The Foundation honors the memory of Dr. Hipp, former NJEA executive director.

Dr. Hipp developed an “NJEA approach” to field work and public relations that won national acceptance. As executive director, he oversaw a period of dramatic growth for NJEA. Membership increased from 27,000 to 110,000. Staff increased from three people to 159. Under his direction, NJEA became THE voice of public school employees in New Jersey.

Nationally, Dr. Hipp served on many NEA task forces and strongly influenced NEA’s goals. He served on national education commissions and consulted with federal policymakers. Internationally, he worked with the World Confederation of the Organizations of the Teaching profession in countries from Switzerland to Ethiopia. When he retired in 1978, he continued to work to further the causes of public education and school employees.

The NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education is not meant as a funding substitute for programs, supplies, or equipment that school districts should provide. Instead it encourages projects that are truly innovative and exploratory in nature.

Initially funded by NJEA members who donated more than $1 million, the Foundation is supported by contributions from businesses, local and county associations, and individual members.

Although members apply for a “generic” Hipp grant, the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Grant Selection Committee may choose to designate the following discretionary grants:

Dolores T. Corona Grant for Mathematics – Dolores T. Corona was a former math teacher, long-time NJEA member, NJEA staff member, and director of NJEA Government Relations. Upon her retirement, a grant was created to honor her dedication to the Association and her love of mathematics.

James P. Reilly Grant for Professional Action Research – James P. Reilly served as the NJEA Director of Research and Economic Services for 31 years. This grant honors the indelible mark he has left on NJEA’s commitment to professional development and action research.

Leonard Koch Grant for Mathematics – Leonard Koch began his career at NJEA as associate director in the Research Division, and then served as Manager of Personnel. After many years, Len returned to the Division of Research and Economic Services as its director. Upon his retirement in 2005 after 36 years of service, a grant was established honoring Len’s outstanding ability in mathematics.

Edithe Fulton Grant for the Arts – Edithe Fulton began her career in education as a classroom teacher before serving her first term as an officer of NJEA. A staunch advocate for members and public education, Edie continued her service as an officer until retiring after completing her fourth two-year term as president in 2005. To honor Edie’s dedication to education and love of the arts, a grant was established upon her retirement.

Joyce Powell Grant for Students with Special Needs – Joyce Powell served as an officer of NJEA until retiring after completing her term as president in 2009. This grant was named in recognition of Joyce’s dedicated service and advocacy on behalf of NJEA and the New Jersey students, particularly those with special needs.

The Verizon Family Literacy Partnership Grant – This grant recognizes projects that promote family involvement in reading and literature. It is funded by a contribution from the Verizon Foundation.