Overview

The Alabama Education Retirees Foundation (originally named the Alabama Retired Teachers Foundation) was officially incorporated on September 29, 1989, and received its Federal Income Tax exemption under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code on October 31, 1989. The Foundation was created by the Alabama Retired Teachers Association, Inc. (ARTA), which is now the Alabama Education Retirees Association, Inc. (AERA). One of the purposes of the Foundation is to offer scholarships for those who are currently engaged in teaching as a career. The Foundation has been actively pursuing contribution to build a financial base that will provide the financial support for a series of scholarships awarded to educators who wish to pursue further training.

Scholarship Program

The initial action of the Foundation included the creation of the Elementary/Secondary Education Scholarship Program. This program is designed to provide onetime scholarships for educators who are currently employed in a state public school system (K-12). Scholarship recipients will receive training in areas of counseling, mathematics, science, computer education, library media, special education, English as a second language, or other specialized areas where a proven need exists. The Foundation’s board of directors determines the amount and number of the scholarships annually.

Accomplishments

Each year, the Foundation awards nine $2,000 scholarships to active educators who are also AEA members. One recipient is chosen from each of AERA’s nine districts. As of May 2018, a total of 200 scholarships have been awarded since the program began in 1991. Also, non-certified personnel are eligible to participate in the scholarship program to receive assistance in obtaining certification.

Contributions

To supplement the financial support from state membership and local units, the Foundation actively seeks contributions to reach its goal. One significant means of contributing is to have the name of a loved one or friend included on the “Hall of Fame” wall located in the AERA state office in Montgomery for a contribution of $100 or more. All donations are tax deductible. Additional information may be obtained by calling the state office at 1-800-537-6867.

District Name and Info Term
1 Mitzi Smallwood
1337 Elm Street S
Cullman, AL 3505
256-734-5706
Zip Code: 35055
2020-2023
(First Term)
2 Larry Stewart
409 Newberry Drive
Weaver, AL 36277
256-820-7235 or
256-453-0015 (cell)
lbs1@cableone.net
2020-2023
(First Term)
3 Carol Abernathy
Secretary
592 Abernathy Road
Fayette, AL 35555-4607
205-932-6599 or 205-270-9993
Abernathy437@centurytel.net
2020-2023
(Second Term)
4 Leannier Turner
Post Office Box 1397
Sylacauga, AL 35150
cell 256-404-2496
Leanniertuner@gmail.com
2018-2021
(Second Term)
5 Katie Walton
2740 16th Avenue SW
Lanett, AL 36863
334-576-2209
walton2740@charter.net
2018-2021
(Second Term)
6 Annie Robertson
Vice President
60 Aspen St.
Gallion, AL 36742
205-919-8081(cell) or
334-295-5261 (home)
robertsonannie@yahoo.com
2018-2021
(Second Term)
7 Gwen Peterson
2136 Beverly Drive
Montgomery, AL 336111-2704
334 300-0636
gweynnovations@yahoo.com
2019-2022
(First Term)
8 Herbert White
3920 Berwyn Drive South Apt. 214
Mobile, AL 36608-2163
251 343-9192 or 251-454-4787
hkhwhite@bellsouth.net
2019-2022
(First Term)
9 Susan Helms
President
544 County Road 622
Enterprise, AL 36330
334-347-7350
Shelms4@roadrunner.com
2019-2022
(Second Term)
10 Mildred Switzer
2656 Meadowlark Lane
Northport, AL 35476
205-886-7619
4switzer@att.net
2019-2022
(First Term)
(First Seating for District 10)