Reaching Higher

Over the past three years, the AVID program has graduated 193 students and of those students, 190 of them have been accepted into college.

Education Foundation

The Education Foundation has awarded over $1,200,000 to innovative teaching projects throughout the Ector County school district.



Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) is a national program that provides support to transform struggling students into college-bound success stories. The Education Foundation played an instrumental role in bringing AVID to ECISD, Odessa College, and University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

As part of its ongoing commitment to AVID, the Education Foundation pays for the cost of dual-credit courses for all eligible high school AVID students and the Foundation hosts the annual AVID celebration that showcases the program’s success and life-changing impact.

Education Foundation

The Education Foundation of Odessa is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation that shares a vision of enhancing education in Ector County ISD. Our mission is to be the catalyst for opportunity through education. We commit ourselves to getting the students in Ector County work-ready, ready!


Classroom Grants

The original focus of the Education Foundation was its grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom projects that otherwise would not be possible due to school district budget constraints. Since its inception in 2000 the Education Foundation has awarded more than $1.2 million dollars in classroom grants.

Concert and Sponsorships

The Education Foundation's annual concert is not only its largest fundraiser of the year but is also one of the most popular community events of each year. Musical groups like Chicago, Heart, and the Steve Miller Band are just a few examples of the acts that have performed in Odessa.

The Foundation also accepts donations through planned giving, endowment gifts, and memorials. You can ignite a child's interest in education with a tax deductible gift.

Concerts and Sponsorships
Catalyst Committee

Catalyst Committee

The Education Foundation catalyst committee researches successful project and programs not only in Texas but throughout the country that address education challenges similar to those found in our school district. One example is Food 2 Kids, a pilot program begun in partnership with the Junior League of Odessa and the West Texas Food Bank, which provides hungry children with food to take home over the weekend. Food 2 Kids is now its own independent 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization serving 1,100 students at 10 ECISD schools.

College Scholarships

The Education Foundation provides thousands of scholarship dollars each year to Odessa College and UTPB for graduates of the school district. That money is matched by scholarship dollars raised by the colleges. Currently, more than $200,000 is available for Ector County students.

College Scholarships

Reneé Earls

Odessa Education Foundation president

Reneé was born and raised in Odessa, having gone to Gonzales Elementary, Nimitz Junior High and Permian High School. She worked as an anchor and reporter for Big 2 News and as the director of communications & community relations for Medical Center Hospital. She and her husband, Rich, own The Odessan Magazine that publishes every of the month.

Reneé is very active in the community currently serving on the Board of the Crystal Ball Foundation, United Way of Odessa, Odessa College Foundation, and Medical Center Health System Foundation in addition to the Education Foundation.