Since 2009, The Hamels Foundation has supported educational programs and projects throughout the Ozarks region in Missouri. Co-founder Heidi Hamels, who was raised in nearby Buffalo, MO and graduated from Drury University in Springfield, MO, is a former full-time school teacher in Eldon, MO.

To date, The Hamels Foundation has awarded more than $450,000 in grant funding to schools in the Ozarks for projects like Outdoor Learning Classrooms, Library Updates, Smartboard Response Systems, Journalism Department Equipment and the state-of-the-art Academy of Exploration classrooms. Housed in an award-winning children’s science museum in Springfield, MO, The Academy of Exploration program engages two classrooms of 5th-grade students in hands-on, inquiry-based learning through the context of STEM core subjects, while also fulfilling their other required academic studies.

In addition, The Hamels Foundation annually awards college scholarships to students graduating from select high schools in southwest Missouri including Springfield (MO) Public High Schools, Buffalo (MO) High School and Eldon (MO) High School.

As part of The Hamels Foundation annual Partners in Education Grant Program, any school located in the Ozarks, including Springfield, MO and the surrounding communities, are eligible to apply for grant funding.