Texas Retired Teachers Foundation TRTF

What is "A Helping Hand"?
"A Helping Hand" provides public education retirees with charitable assistance for a one-time special need or other short-term hardship.  Recipients include anyone who is receiving or is eligible to receive an annuity from the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
The Board of Trustees for TRTF voted in its March 2009 meeting to set aside $10,000 to launch the pilot version of the program.  In February of 2010, TRTF announced that “A Helping Hand” launched in the following four pilot districts: 8, 12, 17, and 20.
A pilot program allowed TRTF the opportunity to assess the efficiency of the application process and make adjustments as needed.  "A Helping Hand" launched in all TRTA districts in October 2010.  
This is an exciting time for the Foundation as it expands its charitable offerings. TRTF will be able to help retirees in critical need thanks to the generous support of TRTA members! 
What if I need help?
If you are a member of TRTA and you (or someone you know) need(s) assistance, please contact your local unit president or Foundation representative. For additional information, email help@trtf.org or contact Beth Unite at 1.800.880.1650 x102.

Scholarships & Grants

The Texas Retired Teachers Foundation is now in its fifth year of awarding scholarships to students pursuing degrees in education and grants to public school teachers for innovative classroom projects. To date, TRTF has awarded $29,500 in scholarships and $25,500 in classroom assistance grants.


Student Scholarship Program:
TRTF awards scholarships to Texas college students pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in Education.  Since the program's inception, TRTF has awarded $29,500 in scholarship funds.   Student scholarship applicants must be a relative of a member of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and should include their official high school or college transcripts with their application.
Classroom Assistance Grant Program:
Classroom Assistance Grants are awarded to public school teachers who on a daily basis demonstrate commitment to public education and Texas children through the creation of programs, events, or other learning platforms.  Since 2008, TRTF has given away $25,500 in classroom assistance grants. 
For more information and application forms, please contact your local unit president or local Foundation Committee member.