The Eleanor Venture Travel Grant

The Eleanor Venture Travel Grant honors the Foundation’s founder and longtime president Eleanor Flanders. It provides a teacher with an educational travel experience to either a domestic or international destination. Such an experience is expected to enhance the teacher’s classroom skills, expand curriculum options and ultimately benefit future students directly.

This annual grant provides the perfect tribute to Eleanor Flanders. Beginning in early WWII, Eleanor began putting away a little money here … and a little money there for her investments. She called the fund ‘The Eleanor Venture’. As time passed Eleanor used this money to travel … from the state college in Kansas to places all over the world. With each trip she felt renewed and energized, and her world view expanded. When asked how she might be honored upon her retirement, Eleanor looked back over her years and decided that the directors could best honor her by investing in a teacher – giving that teacher the funds for a significant travel experience.

While such an experience can be given to only a few teachers over time, it is intended to honor all teachers and to tell them how important they are. It is expected that the trip would not only renew, energize and educate the teacher involved but that the teacher’s experience would be brought home to their classroom, fellow teachers and students and provide broad-based benefits for a long time to come.

The Eleanor Venture Application is closed for 2019.


A K-12 teacher at a public school located within the boundaries of the St. Vrain Valley School District.
Awardee must be willing to participate in selection committee for new candidates for 5 years following their award.


To fund a domestic or international travel/educational experience that will enhance the teacher’s classroom skills and/or curriculum and benefit the teacher’s students. Travel should be completed by September 15th of the current year.

Grant Amount:

Up to $4,500

Selection Criteria:

Strength of proposal and recommendations

Selection Process:

As determined by the Foundation’s selection committee, but will include a personal interview with each finalist.

Application Deadline:

Must be submitted electronically no later than Friday, March 8, 2019. In addition, 2 letters of recommendation supporting the application are required.


Finalists will be interviewed in early April.

Grant Award:

No later than April 30.

Need More Information?

If you have questions or need assistance, contact us at or 720-652-8208.

TEV Recipients

Each spring the Foundation’s Board of Directors gladly award the Eleanor Venture Travel Grant to one deserving St. Vrain Valley School District teacher to use on domestic or international travel which ultimately enriches the classroom experience.

Beginning in 2004, district teachers have used the travel grants to travel to many exciting destinations.

Award YearGrant Recipient(s)Destination
2019Shannon Brennan and Shelia FreehillCosta Rica
2018Colin RickmanCape Town, South Africa
2017Janet BenterRwanda
2016Kaarina DemersCuba
2015Karie Cooper and Hillari HansenKitengela, Kenya
2014David MerrillJapan
2013Brigitte TouchequeEcuador
2012Stephanie BusbyFrance
2011Scott BrungardtCentral America
2010Kristie BomanMorocco
2009Jason GageAustralia
2008Kenneth BensonNortheastern United States
2007Christina SmedleyEcuador and the Galapagos Islands
2006Susan Hartman & Jennifer ShoplandPeru
2005Bridget ShaughnessyMexico
2005Ruth SchrichteCosta Rica
2004Wendy DurstThailand, Vietnam, Cambodia