Awards and Recognition
Each year, the New Haven Schools Foundation recognizes individuals and organizations that have exceeded all expectations in support of our programs. These awards bestow our highest honors and are named after local education’s biggest advocates.
Guy Emanuele Community Service Award
The Guy Emanuele Community Service Award is presented to a person who has devoted extensive amounts of time and resources to the Foundation, in a sustained manner over a number of years. Emanuele founded NHSF in 1981 for the purpose of coordinating community resources in support of education.
2019 - Albert and Marsha Badella
2018 - Richard Valle
2017 – Don del Pilar
Don retired from his role as a counselor with New Haven Unified School District, but he hasn’t gone far. He continues to serve as an active volunteer on school campuses and is a board member for the New Haven Schools Foundation. In addition, Don provides funding for a number of college scholarships every year, and is a key member of the Pilipino American Society for Education (PASE.)
2016 – Cheryl Kuhlmann
2015 – Eileen Riener
2014 – Barbara Aro-Valle
2012 – Julie Zhu
2011 – Jo Baig
Jo Baig was an active Foundation board member for over 30 years. She first joined as part of her official capacity as Vice President and Branch Manager for Bank of the West in Union City and went on to serve as the board’s Co-Treasurer after her retirement. She continues to support NHSF programs and ideals. Jo is also an active coach and instructor for SCORE.
2010 – Phil Crosby
2009 – Art Kuhlmann
Kuhlmann has served on the Foundation board for over 25 years. Art is a retired employee of the New Haven Unified School District, but stayed actively involved as a volunteer for many years. Upon his retirement from NHSF, we created an annual award to honor an exemplary scholarship sponsor and named it after Art and his wife, Cheryl.
The Tom Kitayama Business Service Award
The Tom Kitayama Business Service Award was established in April 2011 to recognize a business in the community that has contributed in-kind donations and/or resources to the Foundation over the years.
2019 - Rotary Club of FUN Sunset
2018 - New Haven Unified School District
2017 – City of Union City
2016 – Washington Hospital Healthcare System
2015 – Kaiser Permanente
2014 – Too Much Fun Club, Inc.
2013 – Fremont Bank
2012 – Masonic Homes of California
2011 – Tri-CED Community Recycling
Art and Cheryl Kuhlmann Award
This award was created to recognize a person or organization that helps students achieve a higher education by providing one or more scholarships to graduating New Haven students.
Art Kuhlmann served on the Board of Directors for New Haven Schools Foundation from 1982 through 2017 and Cheryl taught at Logan High School for 20 years. Since retirement from NHUSD, they volunteered with the New Haven Schools Foundation, and are very generous donors, as well. The Kuhlmann’s received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 when this award was created in their honor.
2019 - Randy and Maria Inciong
2018 - Migrant Parents Advisory Committee
2017 – Tim and Denise Lawson-Curry
Thank you to all of the people and organizations who sponsor scholarships to help our students succeed in life!
Over $5,000 Annually
- Tim Curry & Denise Lawson-Curry
- Arthur & Marsha Badella
- Michael Byron & Catherine Duterte-Byron
- Michael and Cindy O'Brien
- District African American Advisory
- PASE - Pilipino-American Society for Education
- Don del Pilar and Barbara Scheifler
- Republic Services
- New Haven Administrators Association