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Greater Greer Education Foundation

Mission: To gather resources and provide support to enrich and extend educational opportunities in the Greater Greer Area.

Vision: To empower, inspire and support all members of the Greater Greer community to reach their full potential by enhancing education.

The Greater Greer Education Foundation was created in 2009 when the Executive Board of the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce voted to create a not for profit 501 C(3) with a focus on Education. Margaret Burch, an education advocate who served the Greer area on the Greenville County School Board for 20 years, was asked to serve as the first Executive Director. In 2011 she was elected chairman of the of the Board, a position she held until 2015. She remains on the Board of Directors. Board members are elected to serve a two-year term and the Foundation serves 27 schools in Greenville and Spartanburg Counties.

Each year the Foundation gives nearly $20,000 in the form of grants and scholarships to students and teaches advancing education either through the classroom or continuing education.


Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce 2022 Board of Directors - oversees the Greater Greer Education Foundation

Alan Newman Jones - Chairman
April R. Staggs
Ben Waldrop - Past Chairman
David Merhib - President/CEO
Donna O. Smith
Evan Bramhall
Inez Hannon
Jennifer Moorefield - Chair Elect
Justin Hawkins
Kevin Duncan
Leigh Ryan - Vice Chair Education Foundation
Mark Hopper
Reno Deaton
Rev. Rev. Simmons Simmons Sr.
Rev. Steve Watson
Rob Safrit - Treasurer
Scott Carr
Walter Bennett

Grants & Scholarships

The Greater Greer Education Foundation gives annual grants and scholarships to touch teachers and students lives in remarkable ways. Since 2011, The Greater Greer Education Foundation has awarded 91 scholarships, and 108 grants for at total of $204,478. Visit their website for more information on how you can get involved with the Greater Greer Education Foundation.

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