About Us

The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation was founded by Sarah McCarthey and Mark Dressman, professors at the University of Illinois Champaign, in recognition of the struggle educators too often face in bringing truly exceptional teaching to their students. Ever-tightening budgets and skyrocketing technology and supply costs now make it more difficult than ever for educators in all areas—k-12, after school and advanced study—to introduce new programs and projects to children who needed them most. To that end, the McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation awards grants and scholarships to those projects and/or initiatives with significant potential to augment the educational experiences for youth of all backgrounds, beliefs, and national origins.


The McCarthey Dressman Foundation is a 501(c) foundation, and as such follows all tax regulations concerning disclosure of its tax-related filings. Copies of its Form 990PF, exemption application and exemption letter are available for review upon request at the Foundation’s office during regular business hours.


The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation helps support educators to expand opportunities for youth by nurturing their curiosity about the world and their place in it.

The purpose of the McCarthey Dressman Learning Network is to highlight some of the projects that have been funded through the Foundation. By highlighting these projects it is our intention to share the actions and methods that we think are important and valuable in education.

The McCarthey Dressman Learning Network is facilitated by Holly Rae Bemis-Schurtz and Carmen Gonzales.