January 2023

Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and your year is off to a great start. With the new year, you will notice we have a new look for our monthly e-newsletter. We would love to hear ideas from you about the topics and stories you would like to see featured in upcoming editions.


As we kick off 2023, we are working on creating HEF's new strategic plan for 2024-2026 and laying out our vision to increase the impact we have on students and teachers in Hillsborough County to strengthen public education for years to come.

Students are Missing Out on Free Money for their Futures


From local scholarships to federal grants, billions of dollars in financial aid are available to help students continue their education after graduation. But every year, money is left on the table and barriers are standing in the way of students' paths to success.

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The Tremendous Loss of a Local Champion for Children

When Cyrus (Cy) Spurlino recently passed away, he left behind a lasting impact on HEF and our community through his generosity, kindness and contagious smile that will be greatly missed.


During his life, Cy and Joanne Spurlino donated $750K+ to HEF through their charitable foundation to support students and teachers by providing funding for school supplies, classroom enrichment grants and so much more.

Read More About Cy's Impact

Mentoring Can Change a Student's Life and Our World


Mentoring has the power to transform lives. Pairing an adult role model with a student in our mentoring program shows there is someone who cares about them, assures they are supported in facing obstacles in school and in life and opens the doors of opportunity for underserved kids who may just need some guidance on their paths to success.


January is National Mentoring Month and a special time to thank our wonderful volunteers who make a huge difference for their mentees by giving a little bit of time.

Check Out the Power of Mentoring

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