Sweetwater One Public School Foundation


Kari's Access Awards

Kari's Access Awards is an Endowment Fund, within the Sweetwater One Public School Foundation, and was established in 2006 in memory of Kari (Kay) Fusselman, a former student at Westridge Elementary, White Mountain Junior High, and Rock Springs High School.

The Fund's focus is in helping individual School District #1 students (K thru 12) access non-traditional scholarships that give students the opportunity to participate in outside activities that will enhance learning and personal growth. Kari's Access Awards is designed to open new opportunities for individual students to help bring out the best of each student "One Child At A Time"!

Kari's Access Awards has gifted to more than 350 students of Sweetwater County School District #1!

Kari's Access Awards Application - Click  Here

Kari’s Access Awards Thanks Local McDonald’s for Successful Community Fundraiser

ROCK SPRINGS - Recently, local business owners and philanthropists Greg and Cindy Bailey hosted a Community Night at their newly remodeled Elk Street McDonald’s. They donated 15% of the proceeds during the event and an additional $.50 every time the self-order Kiosks were used to Kari’s Access Awards.

Volunteers, friends and committee members from Kari’s Access Awards helped out during the evening by taking orders, working the window, wiping down tables, taking food to the tables, making milkshakes, and more. After the event, the Baileys presented a check to Kari’s Access Awards for $1651.86.


“We were surprised and also very appreciative when Greg and Cindy approached Kari’s Access Awards about this Community Night. This donation will be able to assist many local youth in pursuing their passions, some who might not have the ability to otherwise. Thank you!!

-Father of Kari and Founder, Larry Fusselman



Kari’s Access Awards is an endowment fund started in 2006 by Larry Fusselman, in memory of his daughter Kari (Kay) Fusselman who was a student at Westridge Elementary, White Mountain Junior High, and Rock Springs High School.

The fund gives School District #1 students access to non-traditional scholarships. These scholarships allow students to participate in outside programs, enhancing learning and personal growth beyond their daily school activities. Students apply directly or are recommended through friends, teachers and family. The scholarships are then awarded based on a set criteria composed of need, attendance, and academics.

Kari’s Access Awards receives all funding from private donations and their annual fundraiser.

Their committee is all volunteer and includes community members passionate about the future of our local youth. They include: Jessica Maser, Chairperson, Kayci Arnoldi, Art Castillo, Gary Collins, Carrie Ellison, Weston Lamb, Kori Rossetti and Andrea Tate.

Kari’s Access Awards opens new opportunities to students; bringing out the best in each student one child at a time.

The Sweetwater One Public School Foundation would like to acknowledge Bob Arambel for his service to the Foundation since 2005. 

The Sweetwater One Public School Foundation would like to acknowledge Laura Schmid-Pizzato for her service to the Foundation since 2005. 

Where We Help

Awards, Grants, Endowments

Needs Based Awards
Kari's Access Awards
Father Lukas Memorial
Back to School Shopping
A-Z Fund
Camp Feat

General Fund

Grants and Awards
S.E.E. Grants Program
Supporting Education and Enrichment
Recognition Awards
Blue Jean Fund

Stepping Stones Scholarships
Sweetwater Medics
Solvay Chemicals Inc.
Wyoming Trucks and Cars
Ryckman Award

A Big Thank You. . .

to all the employees of Sweetwater County School District #1 who donated to the Sweetwater One Employee Giving Campaign for the Southwest United Way and to the local community for supporting the Sweetwater One Foundation programs.  Your support allows us to do the great things we do!