M. Elaine Tefft who established the Foundation fifteen years ago, and her late husband Stanton E. Tefft.
In 2005, I decided to carry on with the work
my late husband and I had been doing.
The mechanism I chose was to establish a
Foundation. The Tefft Foundation became
a 501C(3) in 2013. Prior to that year, it was
funded entirely from my personal funds.
The primary function of the Foundation
is the preservation of our culture and
heritage. We do that primarily by
supporting and recognizing seniors in
seven New Hampshire schools who act
to preserve and promote jazz music,
civil rights and track & field sports.
Stan and I devoted substantial time, effort
and resources to those areas. The Foundation
maintains that focus wherever there is some
aspect of our culture and heritage that is
threatened. That has resulted in awards
being given in New Hampshire, Louisiana
June 2020 was the first time in our fifteen year
history that a high school senior has won the
Preservation of American Heritage Award.
The winner is a sculptural blacksmith and
metalworker who made his first forge from
his parents Hibachi and his Speedster wagon
when he was in the 8th grade. When he was
17, he was juried into the League of New
Hampshire Craftsmen. This June, Colton
Workman graduated from Gilford High School.
The foundation also awarded a prize in Track
& Field to Emma York of Merrimack Valley
High School. Because of the pandemic, she
established virtual strength exercise programs
for her team and lead virtual competitions
including a marathon relay via a Zoom meeting.
To date, 30 prizes have been awarded to
high school seniors:
7 in Civil Rights
11 in Jazz
11 in Track & Field
1 for Preservation of Our Heritage