How We Help

The Hillsborough Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to enhancing the educational opportunities available to all Hillsborough residents. Listed below are some of the programs funded by HEF.


Curriculum Innovation Grant Program

HEF supports innovative teacher projects with a potential for a sustainable, district wide impact on the quality of programming available to students in the Township’s public schools.. Since its inception, this program has provided over $70,000 in funding to support curriculum innovation and enhancements that are not provided for in the regular school budget. This funding supports staff driven innovation at all levels from elementary school through high school.

General Grant Program

Grant funding is provided to innovative programs that provide educational opportunities to Hillsborough residents.

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For students

HEF is the community leader in student scholarships, contributing almost $200,000 to township graduating high school seniors over the last 12 years.  Scholarship awards are budgeted by the board of trustees annually.

For adult education

During the last several years, the HEF awarded sixteen $500 grants to adults furthering their education. The scholarship program is for adults seeking to get started in a new career, to upgrade skills, re-enter the work force, or to return to school to complete their education. This scholarship program is currently being expanded to respond to the downturns in the economy and increased unemployment.

Senior Citizens Computer and Art Classes

For 9 years the HEF has supported small group classes free of charge to township senior citizens. Computer classes are offered at both the beginner and intermediate levels.

About the program

It is a scene typical of a high school computer classroom. But the participants are not your typical high school students. This class is held after school hours for senior citizens eager to learn about computers.

After the idea was presented to seniors by HEF Board Members Leslie Lang and John Cassimatis with a favorable reaction, the HEF committed funds to start a beginners computer course. With the full support of the Board of Education through Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Gulick, the enthusiasm of Jennifer Hunsinger (District Technology Supervisor) and instructor Noreen Ranallo, and additional assistance from High School Honors students, the introductory course began with success.

The response to the first class has been so positive that there are now two beginner classes and one advanced class being taught by Ms. Maria Russo and Ms. Geraldine Ryan at the high school. The success of the computer program has inspired the expansion of instructional courses for senior citizens in other areas as well. Recently an art course became available for seniors at the middle school.

To be eligible for a course, you must submit an application, be at least 60 years of age and be a resident of Hillsborough Township. Applications are available through the Board of Education office at the Municipal Complex. Class size is limited and applications are accepted on a first come basis. For more information please call the Hillsborough Board of Education 908-369-0030, Ed Prymowicz 908-359-6619 or Lou Possemato 908-369-4474.

Special Projects

HEF has sponsored or participated in many special projects over the years.

Community Outreach

HEF sponsors cultural events and learning opportunities in such areas as music, dance, and theatre for all residents. Currently in the planning stages is a Music in Park program being developed in cooperation with the Hillsborough Township Cultural Commission.