History of the Foundation


The Educational Advancement Foundation was founded in 1969 by Harry Lucas, Jr. Today, the Foundation is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and is governed by six trustees:

  • Harry Lucas, Jr., Chairman
  • Hamilton Beazley, Ph.D.
  • Ron Douglas, Ph.D.
  • Tom Ingram, Ph.D.
  • Albert Lewis, Ph.D., Secretary
  • Tina Straley, Ph.D.

Another Officer of the Foundation is:

  • Fain Brock, Treasurer

Trustees Emeriti:

  • Earl Lairson
  • Alfred Leiser (Deceased)

The teaching methods of his mathematics professor, R. L. Moore, greatly influenced the chairman of the Foundation. As such, the Foundation’s primary focus is improving education in the sciences.

The Foundation promotes Inquiry-Based Learning, or discovery learning, in mathematics and the sciences. The Foundation made its first mentoring grants to promote discovery learning in 1997. The grants have continued to evolve as the Foundation seeks better ways to improve education in mathematics and the sciences.

Lists of recent grants awarded: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.