December 2023

As we find ourselves on the cusp of the new year, it’s only fitting to take a moment and reflect on the journey that has defined 2023 so far. The incredible support and generosity from our community, business associates and district partners have propelled HEF to a series of noteworthy achievements, significant milestones and positive impacts that we can all be proud of. To make this retrospective accessible for you, we invite you to explore our comprehensive 2022-2023 Impact Report where you can read all about the positive impact we’ve had on education in Hillsborough County.


Speaking of positive impacts on education in Hillsborough County, a huge congratulations to our 2024 Excellence in Education finalists (you’ll see them below). We stand in awe of their remarkable contributions and the difference they’re making in the lives of students. We are excited to celebrate all the nominees and finalists on February 1, 2024 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts where the winners for each category will be announced. I hope you will consider joining us for this special event. 


And for those of you compiling your shopping lists, consider giving the Gift of Education this holiday season. By donating to HEF, you provide the essential school supplies, technology and support our most vulnerable students need for academic and personal success.

From our HEF Family to yours, wishing you Happy Holidays! 

Celebrating HCPS Teachers and Staff:

Finalists Announced for 2024 Excellence in Education Awards

Recently, representatives from HEF, HCPS and Excellence in Education Awards sponsors set off on a district-wide tour to surprise our 13 rockstar finalists for Teacher of the Year, Ida S. Baker Diversity Educator of the Year and Instructional Support Employee of the Year.

It was a fun-filled and emotional day for these teachers and staff and we are so excited for them to take the stage at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts on February 1, 2024!

We hope to see you there as we band together to celebrate all the nominees, finalists and winners!

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ABC Action News Highlights HEF’s Senior Scholarship Opportunities 

In case you missed it, HEF’s Director of Scholarships Angie Anthony was interviewed by Mary O’Connell of ABC Action News (WFTS Tampa Bay) about senior scholarship opportunities with HEF. During the segment, Anthony stressed how only having one form to fill out makes the process incredibly easy for applicants, and how HEF gives out approximately 200 scholarships every year, valued at around $600,000. 

"There's scholarships for those who are looking to attend a university, a two-year community college, a technical college or a trade school. We have money for you," said Anthony. "It doesn't necessarily matter what your GPA is. There are scholarships that don't have a minimum GPA." 

If you know a senior who could use a scholarship, encourage them to apply below:

Apply for Senior Scholarships

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024, giving students plenty of time to get their applications in over the extended holiday break.

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