2000 – 2010: The Wichita organization was started in 2000 in response to a national movement started by Sam Walton’s son, John Walton. In 1998 as part of the Philanthropy Roundtable, he established the Children’s Scholarship Fund to provide tuition assistance for low-income families to send their children to private schools. Ms. Cindy Duckett established a Wichita group was able to help over 50 children with $94,000 in scholarships.
2011 – 2016: In January 2011, the organization was transitioned to a newly formed leadership group with a focus on Aviation, Science, Technology, and Math (A STEM). Two projects included: (1) Future Women in A STEM Career, which provided workforce development education with speakers and hands-on activities for low-income girls in middle and high school who like math and science, and (2) A STEM Career Day, which introduced youth enrolled in Title I schools (high enrollment of low-income students) to higher paying jobs through communication with Human Resource professionals and A STEM speakers.
2016- Current: In August 2016, the board closed the Future Women in A STEM Career project and developed the current programs.