PROF began in 1994 when grieving father Bill Thorne met with then-superintendent George Szymanski to establish a scholarship in memory of his daughter. "The district responded by suggesting we create a nonprofit foundation that would administer the Thorne scholarship and, hopefully, encourage others to contribute and become involved," said Judy Boren, the first executive director of PROF from 1994-2005.
Over the years, PROF has evolved to focus on enriching and investing in the experiences of every Pine-Richland student through staff grants, student scholarships and community partnerships. With over $500,000 in funds distributed, we are making a direct impact in the classroom.
We are a community-member led 501(c)3 non-profit education foundation. PROF continues to grow partnerships between community members and the Pine-Richland School District in a common goal to enrich and invest in the educational experiences and the future of our Pine-Richland student community.