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Frequent Questions

Have you ever had a question and didn’t know where to find the answer? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This section answers the questions most commonly asked of our volunteers. Follow one of the links below to learn more. If you can’t find the question you wanted to ask, don’t hesitate to contact us.

  1. Think of the times you have met bright, young people and thought, "If only they had a chance to achieve their potential." UTBEF matches those children with people in our community who have the ability to fund scholarships and classroom programs. We have the potential to make a difference in the life of every child. Specifically, we offer teacher grants at the elementary level and technical scholarships at the high school level. We are developing a school-to-work program with local middle schools.

  2. Look no further than UTBEF if you want to make a difference in our community's ability to educate our children. We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you who want to get involved. Visit our How To Help section to find out ways to donate, volunteer, or be a part of fun fundraisers like Derby Night: Race to Support Education or our annual Manufacturing Day Run each October.

  3. We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. As a volunteer organization, we are able to target more dollars to grants and scholarships. Our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials page to learn more.

  4. What is your organization's privacy policy?

    Our organization takes our privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. For more detailed information visit our Privacy Policy page.

  5. How are scholarship recipients selected?
    How are scholarship recipients selected?

    Partnerships with other local education foundations help us to target students by the specific criteria set forth in our scholarship application: GPA (2.5+), Leadership Skills, Community Service, and Financial Need. Once provided with a list of candidates, our scholarship committee carefully reviews each application using a point system tool to award a $2,000 to one recipient at each school.

  6. Teachers can complete a simple application to request a STAR Mini-Grant of up to $500. Funds are available for unique projects that recognize student achievement and citizenship and supports classroom academics and special projects. Applications are accepted in October and grants are awarded in December. The STAR Awards Committee reviews all applications and selects a recipient for each participating elementary school based on the following criteria: Originality, Purpose, and Impact on student achievement and/or behavior. Teachers are recognized at the annual Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Awards Dinner.