The Lapan College Club is a community program offered to students from the Wakefield Community at C.E. Rose K- 8 & Hollinger K-8 interested in earning dollars for their future college education through the Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc.
It became active at Wakefield Middle School in 2004 and is funded by the Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc. a foundation of the Lapan Family, established by Patricia Lapan in 1989.
This website provides Lapan College Club students and parents with additional resources and information to help them make the most of the opportunities offered by the Foundation.
The Foundation has the mission of inspiring students from the CE Rose and Hollinger communities in TUSD to achieve success in high school and beyond. It provides economic resources, academic tools, cultural experiences, and professional development that guides and mentors students towards the achievement of their highest aspirations.
The Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc envisions a time when every student in the southside of Tucson has the resources, support and ambition to pursue their highest aspirations for academic and professional success.
The Lapan Sunshine Foundation, Inc will become recognized regionally and nationally as a model for local youth programs, ensuring comprehensive services that support students holistically throughout their education and beyond.
"Nana" Lapan conceived the idea of awarding students $50 for every "A" grade on their report cards each quarter in the five major subjects: math, science, social studies, reading and writing. At the high school level Lapan students are compensated at the end of each school year on a sliding scale based on their GPA. Students can earn $3,000 during their middle school years, and an additional $2,000 during high school. Her idea was that students needed to establish successful study skills during their middle school years in order to succeed academically in high school and college. Students receive a statement at the end of each school year indicating the total accumulated funds in their account. These funds can be accessed once a student graduates from high school. Funds can be used only for direct college or trade school expenses as defined in the Lapan Student/Parent Handbook.