Gift Creates Woodrow IB Fund

Community Contribution

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation Friday announced it has established the Ann Jacobus Folz Fund for International Baccalaureate Financial Assistance made possible by a gift from Jacobus Folz.

The purpose of the fund is to assist students who are accepted in the Woodrow International Baccalaureate, or IB,  program by paying IB registration fees and/or for IB examinations. The awards will be made on a case-by-case basis depending on financial need and following detailed discussions with the counselors and administrators at the school.

“We especially appreciate the creativity that Ann Jacobus Folz has shown in establishing this kind of fund,” said foundation President Richard H. Vitale. “It considers the needs of students and families, and makes sure that the advantages of the IB program are within the grasp of anyone.”

Jacobus Folz, a lifelong Dallas resident, graduated from Woodrow in 1946. Her brother, Henry Jacobus Jr., graduated in 1943. In making the gift, she asked that the name of the fund be the “Ann Jacobus Folz Fund.”

“I wanted to make sure that the family name is remembered and honored,” she said. “My parents, Dorothy and Henry Jacobus, and my brother, Henry Jacobus Jr., were so active and supportive of the city and the community. This is the kind of philanthropy that affirms their legacy.”

Woodrow was named an International Baccalaureate World School following an intense two-year qualification process and teacher training by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

The IB program is an honors curriculum for juniors and seniors and is used globally and recognized by universities all around the world. Students completing all IB diploma requirements could earn up to 24 hours of college credit.

The Woodrow Wilson High School Community Foundation was created in 2009 and serves as a central point for fundraising, grants, scholarships, and other programs and projects that benefit Woodrow as well as the public junior high and elementary schools in its feeder pattern. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the IRS and is completely independent of the Dallas ISD.

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