About the Organization
The Celia Ann Card Educational Assistance Scholarship Fund was created in memory of Celia Ann Card to honor her legacy as an educator and individual. Celia was a beloved middle school Reading and English Teacher who touched the lives of numerous students throughout the span of her 32-year career teaching middle school in Shawnee, Oklahoma City, and Prague Public Schools. Mrs. “C” always went above and beyond to support her students and their families and believed that all children deserve access to educational services regardless of their income. In her personal life, she was dedicated to an “It Takes a Village” philosophy and demonstrated this value through every aspect of her professional career and personal life. Her daughters, Angela Card and Amanda Knott, both share their mother’s passion to serve those in need and have established the fund.
To support children and families in need of financial assistance to acquire a broad range of innovative educational services and products.
Focus Communities for Giving
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Carroll County, Maryland
Howard County, Maryland
Examples of educational assistance include but are not limited to:
Dual Language Learning
Early Childhood Education and Care
Educational Conference or Workshop
Fund Management and Outcomes
Celia’s daughters, Angela Card and Amanda Knott, have significant combined working experience for non-profit organizations in leadership and fundraising roles. Their mother was always their biggest fan in every endeavor.
The CACEASF applies for public and private funding independently and in partnership with teachers, school administrators, and non profit and education providers to expand access for children to innovative educational products and services.
Amanda Knott, Board President
Amanda is Celia’s youngest daughter. Since 2019 she has worked as a Grants and Contracts Specialist for the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), where she supports scientists and researchers in their search to find a cure for AIDS and other deadly viral and immune disorders. Prior to her role at UMB, she worked as the Director of Grants and Data Management for Human Services Programs of Carroll County, Inc.,where she was responsible for preparing grant applications and assuring data quality for the agency, which operates 18 different human services programs as a federally designated Community Action Agency.
Amanda has over 10 years of experience working for nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma and Maryland. She speaks Spanish fluently and has experience analyzing and responding to the needs of International and domestic customers and community groups. She is accomplished in working with global organizations, non-profit partners, business managers and board members to secure and leverage grant funding for community projects. Having worked for organizations at various stages of growth, capacity, and fiscal health, she has gained experience and an understanding of how to create and manage sustainable community programs.
Amanda earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and served in the United States Peace Corps in Honduras, Central America, from 2003-2005.
Angela Card, Board Vice President
Angela is Celia’s eldest daughter. Since 2016 she has worked as the Director of the Early Head Start Program at the Reginald S. Lourie Center for Children’s Social & Emotional Wellness. Her responsibilities include preparing the annual budget and work plan, preparing grant applications, overseeing staff development and developing partnership agreements with other agencies.
Angela has over 23 years of experience in Head Start, Early Head Start and early childhood education programs, where she has gained expertise in assessing program needs and assisting in the development of operational systems, policies and procedures to enhance program quality.
Angela earned a master’s degree in Leadership, Policy and Administration in Early Care and Education from Wheelock College, and a bachelor’s degree in Family Relations and Child Development from Oklahoma State University.