January 2019
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January is National Mentoring Month

In celebration of National Mentoring Month, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a mentor and changing a life through our Take Stock in Children program. You are making a huge difference and we appreciate you!

It takes a mentor to dedicate time to meet with a student who has the odds stacked against them and encourage them to succeed. Mentoring is a critical component in young people's lives, helping them make the decisions and connections that lead to opportunity. Your contribution to your mentee's success is immeasurable - thank you for changing a life!

It Takes a Mentor
Current TSIC mentor, Teddy Marcelo, talks about the impact mentoring has had on him and his mentees, Eduardo & Ernest, at Alonso High School. 

It Takes a Mentor - Teddy Marcelo & His Mentees
It Takes a Mentor - Teddy Marcelo & His Mentees

The Impact of Mentoring

Trinity Café Community Service Event

Mentors and mentees were able to support Trinity Café on Friday, January 4, 2019. It was a wonderful way to bring in the New Year by giving back to those in need in our community. Thank you to everyone who was able to participate!



Mentor of the Month
Sharon O'Connor

Q: How did you become involved with mentoring through the Hillsborough Education Foundation? 
A: A friend/former colleague recommended the program prior to my employment with HEF. 

Q: What has been the most rewarding part of mentoring?
A: Watching each mentee grow into amazing young ladies. 

Q: What do you believe is the key to being a quality mentor?
A: Dedication and honesty.

Q: When you are not working with students, how do you prefer to spend your free time?
A: I love to walk, read and watch NCIS.

Q: What do you hope your mentee will learn from you?

A: That hard work pays off, but you can still have fun along the way!

Mentor Resources

Scholarship Opportunity for SENIORS

If you are mentoring a senior, please encourage them to apply for the HEF Senior Scholarship! Applications are due by  January 31st
. Scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $10,000. All 12th grade students in Hillsborough County are eligible to apply. 


Scholarship Opportunity for JUNIORS

College Board's $25 Million National Scholarship Program Now Open for High School Juniors 

Earlier this year, the College Board announced that it is investing $5 million per year for the creation of College Board Opportunity Scholarships, beginning with the class of 2020.  Nationwide, students will have the opportunity to enter to win scholarships after completing six action steps that must be taken during certain time periods during their junior and senior years.  Completing each step will earn students a chance to win a scholarship of $500 to $2,000.  This scholarship program is unlike many others because it does not have a minimum GPA or SAT score requirement, nor is an essay or lengthy application required. Rather, the Opportunity Scholarships reward students' actions on their way to college, making it open to all.

To read more about the scholarship program, Click Here

Source: National College Access Network

The College Success Team
(Click each name to email)
            Anna Laird                   Mari Velaz

   Wildens Cajuste               Melanie Jimenez                Joe Addison
Mark Your Calendar!

January 8th 
Back to School!
All Students

January 21st 
 Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All Students
February 8th 
Non-Student Day
All Students
February 18th
Non-Student Day
All Students

For more information, contact Anna Laird via  email.

If you know someone who is interested in mentoring, 
have them visit our website for more information: