ABILENE, TX. — The Abilene Education Foundation has awarded first-time teachers with a grant.

The Judy Dudley Memorial GIFT grant, or, Giving Incentives for First-Time Teachers, has been given to new teachers for 10 years now.

"My late wife always decorated her room to encourage learning...I know she spent a lot of money doing that that's what led into this," says AEF GIFT grant chairperson, Mike Dudley.

This grant may be used to finish buying supplies for classrooms or anything these teachers need.

"Sharing with these new teachers who just graduated from college really haven't gotten started in their classrooms and it's just our way in AEF to help them," says Dudley.

Wednesday afternoon, 38 teachers received the grant, and there will be a total of 45 that receive it before the start of school.