Wakulla County Academic Boosters Association, Inc.
113 Harvey Mill Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327
Crawfordville FL 32327
Contact Information
Address 113 Harvey Mill Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Telephone (850) 926-3169
Fax 850 926-2396
E-mail wakullaacademicboosters@gmail.com
Alternate Address 77 Frank Jones Road
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Web and Social Media
Donate to this Orgs Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
At A Glance
Organization DBA
Wakulla Academic Boosters
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
EIN Number 59-2355382
Year of Incorporation 1984
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
Mission Statement
To promote academic excellence, recognize good scholarship, and reward deserving Wakulla students with scholarship assistance for college.
Needs Statement
Foremost need is expanding our endowment to meet the rising cost of higher education, and enhancing the value of our existing scholarships.Secondly, encouraging new scholarships. Thirdly, new programs directed toward recognition of academic excellence.  In the long run, encouraging estate arrangements to contribute toward scholarships, eventually doubling our endowment. 
We continue and reaffirm the need to increase our endowed funds, facilitate creation of new scholarship and support programs which promote academic excellance.
Impact Statement
2012 Accomplishments:Managed a $1,000,000 endowment at Tallahassee Community College Foundation.Awarded 31 college scholarships annually.Awarded 10 "HeadStart" scholarships to middle school students at the end of their eighth grade year. Hosted annual Honor Court Banquet recognizing the top 12 students in the Wakulla High School graduating class at Wakulla Springs with a filet mignon dinner and plaques, while the guests were offered chicken. 
2013 Goals:
Promote estate arrangements for wills and trust amendments to provide 3% of net worth of the estate to enhance our scholarship fund.Enhance current endowment so that it offsets the economic downfall.Enhance recognition of outstanding teachers.Make presentations to all civic organizations in Wakulla County for their underwriting academic recognition and scholarships.Add to endowment fund at the Community Foundation of North Florida.
2014 Continuing to enhance our endowment fund with Tallahasse Community College. Also we have created a new fund with Community Foundation of North Florida. These endowed funds are for scholarship that are directed to Wakulla County students with need and ability to enter college. Expanding the Honor Court to top 20 students with the partnership of the Wakulla County School
Background Statement
The Wakulla Academic Boosters began in February 1979 by a group of Wakulla County citizens committed to academic excellence.  There was a clear need to provide resources to enable talented Wakulla High School students to attend college.  Raising funds for that purpose became the group's main mission.  Additionally, the mission of the Wakulla Academic Boosters is to promote and recognize academic excellence through ribbon awards for good grades, financial assistance to the Wakulla High School Brain Brawl Team, and encourage students to pursue higher education.
Service Categories
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Fund Raising & Fund Distribution
Youth Development-Citizenship
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Wakulla Academic Boosters provides scholarships to graduates of Wakulla High School only. 
Board Chair Statement President Walter Dodson states that "helping Wakulla County students excel academically and go on to higher education best promotes a high quality of life in our community."
The Head Start scholarship program was begun in 1985 and continuously operated so that 270 scholarships have been awarded.  In the spring of each year, Wakulla Middle School and Riversprings Middle School each select five eighth graders to be awarded a HeadStart scholarship by the Wakulla Academic Boosters.  
These students are selected based on the student's academic standing, character/civic involvement, and financial need. The student must maintain these qualites during high school. Upon graduation, the students are awarded credit hours at Tallahassee Community College valued at $1,000. 
The imprimatur of a scholarship goes beyond monetary award, and says the public believes in you, the recipient, and you are capable of higher education endeavors, so hold onto your dream.  Presented at the middle school awards day assembly, the Head Start scholarship program promotes the admiration, in general, toward academics.
This program is monitored by students still in program at graduation.
Budget $0.00
Category Education, General/Other Postsecondary Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Females, Males
Short Term Success
Of the 270 HeadStart Scholars awarded since 1985, many have completed a college education.
Long term Success
The HeadStart program assures students and their families of community support for academic achievement and college aspirations.  Although the award is not large, it provides encouragement and recognition.
Program Success Monitored By
The WAB monitors each student's college performance and frequently receives feedback from parents about the help provided by the financial assistance. Donors who underwrite the scholarships are invited to present the scholarship at the Wakulla middle and high schools' awards day events, thus the funds are shown to be distributed and effective to the contributor, and the overall goals of the Wakulla Academic Boosters. 
WAB plans to develop a simple survey to be mailed to scholarship recipients annually, and an annual report delivered to the WAB Board on the survey results.
Examples of Program Success
The Wakulla Academic Boosters has acted as a catalyst to attract donors to sponsor 10 HeadStart scholarships with endowed funds, namely:
  • the B.K. Roberts scholar
  • the St. Marks Powder scholar
  • the Pat Nobles scholar
  • the R.G. Carter scholar
  • the Coastal Optimist Club scholar
  • the Wakulla Men's Association Scholar
  • the Harry Morrison scholar
  • Glenney B. Bonner scholar.
The 10 outstanding teachers selected each year by Wakulla District Schools are given $100 by the Wakulla Academic Boosters to enhance their recognition.  This is presented as budget allows. This is an award selected by the school administration.  Wakulla County Schools have maintained excellent rating over the years.
Budget $1,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Other Named Groups, Adults
Short Term Success
Monetary rewards and recognition for excellence in teaching also encourage good teachers to remain in the classroom, especially when recognized by a community-wide organization, like the Wakulla Academic Boosters, rather than just the school district.
Long term Success
Monetary rewards for excellence in teaching serve to improve teacher morale and working conditions.
Program Success Monitored By
Wakulla Academic Boosters Board will endeavor to have the selected teachers in the local newspaper and announcements made during half-time at the home football games, which enjoy large attendance in our small community.
Examples of Program Success
Teachers have been recognized in the past by barbecues, breakfasts, and monetary rewards by the organization, all of which are featured in the local weekly newspaper, which is widely circulated in Wakulla County and serves to boost community support for teachers.
In 2014 WAB expanded the Honor Court from 12 to 20 of the top academic students. The Honor Court Banquet is supported WAB, Wakulla School system, Rotary, Lions, and Iris Garden Club.  .  Parents, faculty members, elected officials and community leaders are invited to attend.   WAB attempts to track these students through college graduation. 
Budget $2,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Females, Males
Short Term Success
To involve the community in recognizing academic achievement.
Long term Success
The purpose of school is academic achievement.  The Wakulla Academic Boosters recognizes that mission.  Athletics are important for students to learn to win and lose.  The football stands are filled with admiring parents and someday, the Wakulla Academic Boosters envision students on the 50 yard line solving trigonometry problems to the cheering throngs of parents.  As Tenneyson said, "Your dreams should exceed your grasp, else what's a heaven for". 
Program Success Monitored By Attendance by faculty, students and extended family members of the Honor Court, as well as community leaders, is ample evidence of the success of the program. This is one of the highlights of the school year in Wakulla County.
Examples of Program Success
The Honor Court has been held annually since 1979, and has become a popular annual community event.
The Wakulla Academic Boosters coordinate 31 community and memorial scholarships.  Each year the president of the WAB or designee meets with the principal or designee and counseling staff to select scholarship recipients based on academic performance, character, and financial need.  The selection committee attempts to spread the scholarships among the senior class so the greatest number of students receive assistance.  The scholarships are awarded annually at Wakulla High School's awards day ceremony assembly. 
Funds for the scholarships are invested at the Tallahassee Community College Foundation.  The vast majority of graduating students who enroll in higher education begin their college careers at TCC.  The endowed funds have been derived from individual donors, businesses and community service clubs in Wakulla County and total over $1,000,000.
We review and monitor our fund annually. We give all funds direct to college after proof of registration.
Budget $1,000,000.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years), Males, Females
Short Term Success
The Rand Corporation studied all of the programs to improve standards of living and concluded that education was the most effective in "raising all boats".  In keeping with that finding, the goal of the Wakulla Academic Boosters is to provide the opportunity for a college education to the youth of Wakulla County.
Long term Success
Students will have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of a higher education and ultimately, become generous taxpayers and good citizens.
Program Success Monitored By
Wakulla Academic Boosters Board is developing a short survey which will be mailed annually to scholarship recipients to track their success through college and evaluate the usefulness of the scholarship to the student.
Examples of Program Success
Almost 10% of the Wakulla High School graduating class each year receives financial assistance from the Wakulla Academic Boosters scholarship programs.  We believe that Wakulla County citizens enjoy a high level of educational attainment as a result of the Wakulla Academic Boosters.
Program Comments
CEO Statement/Executive Director/Board Comments Walter Dodson, president of the Wakulla Academic Boosters, delights in seeing academically accomplished students further their dreams, and assure the community that the next generation is responsible and prepared for good citizenship.  College costs are increasing, while interest earnings are decreasing, thus the endowments are generating less money for scholarship awards.  The Boosters endeavors to increase endowments in order to maintain the value of the scholarships.
Board Chair
Board Chair Walter Dodson
Company Affiliation RETIRED BANKER
Term Jan 2007 to Apr 2014
Email walterdodson@gmail.com
Board Members
Mike Carter retired county judge/attorney
Tracie B. Cash CPACash Accounting
Mrs JoAnn Daniels Retired school principal
Walter Dodson Centennial Bank
Matt Gerrell engineer
Chris Kelly Centennial Bank
Frances Casey Lowe Esq.Guiday, Tucker, Schwartz and Simpson
Elena Vee Myhre Wakulla County Schools
Brent X Thurmond CPAClerk, Wakulla County Circuit Court
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 89%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director No paid staff
Term Start Jan 2011
Email walterdodson@gmail.com
Experience Wakulla County Academic Boosters has no paid staff.
Term Start 2011
Email walterdodson@gmail.com
Experience Wakulla Academic Boosters has no paid staff
Former CEOs
Mrs Jo Anne Strickland Jan 1984 - Jan
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 9
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
NonManagement Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2014
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2014
Projected Revenue $30,000.00
Projected Expenses $35,000.00
Endowment Value $1,000,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Dtermination
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$37,020$1,515$12,618
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.277.491.19
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$27,637$17,634$7,808
Current Assets$27,637$17,634$7,808
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$27,637$17,634$7,808
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose To increase the endowment fund, by soliciting estate arrangements to provide 3% of net estate assets to the endowment fund of the Wakulla Academic Boosters at TCC Foundation, and /or the Community Foundation of North Florida. Additionally, to contact existing donors to enhance their scholarship endowments and to establish an endowment for teacher recognition.
Goal $1,000,000.00
Dates Jan 2013 to Dec 2016
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Additional Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Nonprofit Wakulla County Academic Boosters Association, Inc.
Address 113 Harvey Mill Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Primary Phone 850 926-3169
Donate to Endowment Fund at Community Foundation http://www.cfnf.org/index.cfm?p=ways-to-give
CEO/Executive Director No paid staff
Board Chair Walter Dodson
Board Chair Company Affiliation RETIRED BANKER
Year of Incorporation 1984