The Carlin Nalley Foundation currently funds five scholarships in the areas of theater, industrial arts, science, and male and female athletics. Donations enable our program to grow and are 100% tax deductible. The Carlin Nalley Foundation is a 501 C3 nonprofit ( tax ID 26-1987884) and is an equal opportunity organization.
As a graduate of Lisle High School, you are part of a proud tradition of education that goes back over 60 years. The Carlin Nalley Foundation celebrates that experience by providing scholarships to Lisle students and serving as the school’s alumni association. The foundation was created in 2005 through an initial $60,000 gift from Kurt Grutzmacher, a 1976 graduate who wanted to honor the legendary teacher, coach, athletic director, and superintendent of schools, Carlin Nalley, in a significant way while offering scholarsips in Lisle. The Foundation provides academic scholarships, honoring legendary teachers, for the winners of the Thespian Award (Bev Fiore), Science Award (Dr. John Mulcare), Industrial Technology (Ralph King), Brian Piccolo and Babe Zaharias (Rick Beato/Bob Jones) awards, and the newly created Alumni Legacy Award (Grutzmacher Family). While the foundation has been very successful, we aspire to continue to develop the program.
In order to continue inspiring excellence in these academic programs and to help additional deserving Lisle students achieve educations beyond high school, we are constantly pursuing funding opportunities. To do so The Foundation has connected alumni through All-Year’s Reunions, award ceremonies, golf, and social outings. We ask you to consider helping the Carlin Nalley Foundation with a financial contribution today. The Carlin Nalley Foundation is a tax exempt 501-C3 charity, and any contributions you make are tax deductible. The Foundation Board has worked hard over the years to make every dollar count. The Board has also covered operating expenses, meaning every dollar you give ends up in a scholarship. Also, if you work for a company that provides charitable matching for your donations, your contributions to the foundation may be effectively doubled by your employer. If you have any additional questions about how to contribute, please contact Alan Nalley at email@example.com
New for 2015. This award will be given to a direct decendent of a Lisle High School graduate who exemplifies citizenship through community service.
Awarded to the female athlete winning the Zaharias Award.
Thespian Award winner.
An idustrial/tech award.
Carlin and Nancy Nalley moved to Lisle in 1966 from Kansas where he taught and coached for seven years in Pomona and Council Grove High Schools. Carlin then served Lisle for thirty years in the classroom, athletic arenas, district leadership, and as a community leader. In 1968 Carlin accepted a leadership role as Athletic Director for Lisle schools as well as being the first Director of the newly formed Lisle Park District. Carlin established park programs utilizing a symbiotic relationship between school and park districts, which helped launch park programs for all community members and eliminated any duplication of resources. To his credit, the community saved money while building programs. Numerous honors have been bestowed upon Nalley over the years. Carlin has been named the Suburban Life All Area Football Coach, 1973; Illinois Track Coaches Hall of Fame, 1982; National H.S. Athletic Director of the Year, l984; Illinois H.S. Football Coaches Hall of Fame, 1989; and Honorary Referee for the Illinois High School Association’s State Track Meet, 1997.
Carlin Nalley was also a leader in state and national athletic, physical education, and coaching organizations. He served two terms as president of the Illinois Athletic Directors, and served as president of the National High School Athletic Directors in 1986. Carlin’s contributions where honored locally by the renaming of the Lisle Invitational Track Meet to the Carlin Nalley Track and Field Meet. He was also honored at the Lisle Alumni All Years Reunion. When asked about his proudest moment of his career he is quick to mention an honor given to the school system he helped build, the l995 MONEY magazine naming of Lisle School District #202 as one of the top 100 school districts in the nation! Only five Chicago area school systems appeared on this list. In the same year, Lisle schools won the Bright Red Apple Award. Carlin commended the school administrators, staff, Board of Education and the cooperation of the Village, Park District and overall citizens of the community.
Upon his retirement, the local newspaper stated, “Carlin personified a quality that the Lisle School District has always shown, an ability to change with the times while still maintaining the human touch. He was the roll-up-your sleeves-and-get-to-work, old fashioned leader who knew the most important part of any organization were the people who work for it.”
Carlin retired in l996 from the position of Superintendent of Schools. His wife, Nancy had retired from her Kindergarten teaching position in the Woodridge Dist. #68 the year before. They continue to live in Lisle and stay very involved in their school and church activities as well as attending as many activities that their eight grandchildren are involved in. Carlin continues to serve as an IHSA track and field official for many events in the area and assists in some of the current local programs. When asked to leave comment for this site, Carlin stated, “The community of Lisle has been a great location for Nancy and I to raise our three children. Their educational success in Lisle was due to the caring and active role that their instructors, coaches, and sponsors all took in their development. Nancy and I see this same enthusiastic and caring educational experience in our grandchildren today. We have appreciated the cooperation and support of all of the Lisle community through the years that we have been part of the community.”
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John has served the board since 2008 and as President since 2012. John is a 1989 graduate of the University of Illinois. He works as a Project Development Manager at BP in Whiting, Indiana, and lives with his wife, Stephanie, and their two daughters in Chicago.
“I am honored to lead the Carlin Nalley Foundation as we grow our dual mission to bring together Lisle alumni and recognize outstanding Lisle students with our scholarship program.”
“Carlin Nalley did so much to grow programs at Lisle Schools and Park District. It truly is an honor to grow an alumni association in his name sake. Educational-nonprofit alumni associations are few and far between, moving forward on this platform speaks of the grit and tenacity instilled in Lisle alumni by our families, teachers, and community.”
“The Carlin Nalley Foundation celebrates the graduating seniors who honor the school, community, and alumni with their achievements, citizenship, and dedication. Our Foundation and each scholarship, is named after a faculty member of alumnus who embodied these values. We are proud to honor the students and faculty, past, present, and future, who make make our high school a special place.”
“I am honored to be part of the Carlin Nalley Foundation. Coach Nalley had a huge impact on me, giving direction during my childhood school years. It is an honor and priviledge to give back to the students of LSHS in honor of Coach Nalley.”
Alan has served as Treasurer on the Board since 2008. Alan graduated Northern Illinois University and passed the CPA exam in 1991. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago. Alan works as a Finance Manager at BP in Chicago and lives with his wife Denise and their daughter in Plainfield.
“I believe the unique experience of growing up in Lisle has formed a strong connection across alumni. I am proud to be a part of this community and generate support for current outstanding LSHS graduates.”
Mid May, 2015 – Awards Night (TBA)
Join us as we award six performance based scholarships to deserving Lisle graduates.
June 27-28, 2015 – Alumni Weekend
Join us at one of our events and connect with other alumni. The Foundation awards scholarships at LSHS’s award night, and we host a yearly golf outing at River Bend in Lisle, cocktail socials at Lisle establishments, partners’ dinners for sponsors, and all years’ reunions having numbered in over 1000 attendees at one celebration.
If you would like to get involved planning one of our existing events or have an idea of your own, contact one of our board members.
The Carlin Nalley Foundation is one of the few alumni associations operated as a 501 (C)(3) educational nonprofit. The Foundation exemplifies the spirit of a small school’s alumni giving back to the community. All the scholarships awarded are performance based, each graduating student has to earn the scholarship. Currently there are six scholarships awarded across five disciplines.
Alumni can contribute through monthly or yearly donations as well as planned giving options. Additionally, if you wish to honor a family member, alum, or faculty member through a scholarship, contact the Board’s Treasurer.
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