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Pepsi Award

The APS Education Foundation (APSEF) Pepsi Award is offered once a year specifically for submissions on behalf of school-based electives, clubs, activities and student groups in need of assistance with unexpected and unbudgeted expenses as part of participating in a national, regional and/or state competition.

The purpose of the Pepsi Award is to help reduce costs for students advancing to the regional, state and national levels. 

For more information, contact APS Grant Writer at the Foundation at 880-3708


APS teachers or employees at the elementary, middle and high school level may apply on the behalf of students participating in a school-based competition.

Only APS employees may submit applications. APS traditional and magnet schools are eligible to apply.

Grant Amount:

Schools may apply for up to $5,000. Requests may be partially funded.

Grant Criteria:

Proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • Requests must be for APS student(s) participating in a school-related national, regional and/or state competition.
  • Student(s) or the student organization must be notified of advancement to a national, regional or state competition prior to submitting the application.
  • Requests may cover travel fees and other related costs to and from the competition, such as lodging and registration fees.
  • Requests are awarded to the school on behalf of the student club, activity or elective, not directly to the student.

Previous Award Winners:

2019 Spring Cycle

  • Highland High School, Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapter 
    Award Amount: $5,563.63
    Highland High FCCLA competed at the State FCCLA Conference, winning 17 Gold medals and 2 Silver medals and earning the NMAA 2019 State Championship! Funding will be used to help APS students compete at Nationals in Anaheim, California.
  • Highland High School, DECA chapter
    Award Amount: $5,563.63
    26 students from Highland High School DECA qualified for the international DECA competition in Orlando, Florida. Funding will be used to assist students in traveling to the competition, along with approximately 20,000 high school students.
  • Manzano High School, Educators Rising chapter
    Award Amount: $4,000.00
    The Manzano High School chapter of Educators Rising participated and competed in the state conference. Five students qualified for the national conference in Dallas, Texas. Funds will be used to help cover the cost of travel, lodging and the registration fee for the national conference.
  • Cibola High School, Robotics Team
    Award Amount: $5,400.00
    Three students from the Cibola High School Robotic Team qualified for the  2019 Vex Robotics World Championship, held in Louisville, Kentucky. Funds will be used for flights for each student and 1 adviser, lodging for the 5 nights, a registration fee for the tournament, and to cover costs for shipping robotic equipment and materials to the event.

2019 Fall Cycle

  • Del Norte High School, JAG National Conference
    Award Amount: $1,800
    To cover airfare, registration fees and travel expenses for a deserving student to attend the National Jobs for America's Graduates (JAG) Conference in Washington, DC.

Reporting Requirements:

Pepsi Award recipients will be required to provide a detailed report on their grant results to the APS Education Foundation. This report will be shared through the Foundation as a way to measure the overall impact being made district-wide through the APSEF grant programs. Grantees will be ineligible for future awards if this report is not received. Grantees should also be willing to host site visits, provide success stories and assist the Foundation with promotional activities.

Link to Evaluation Report 2020-2021

Deadline to Apply:

APSEF is now accepting applications for Pepsi Award. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 19, 2021, at 5:00 pm (MT). All requested/funded events must be virtual. According to APS policy, all travel and field trips have been canceled during the public health emergency.

APS Education Foundation will notify all applicants of the outcome by March 15, 2021. Grant Winners will be invited to attend a virtual Grant Orientation on March 19, 2021



Grant Writer & Manager
Tel: (505) 880-3708