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Mission & History

Driven by a volunteer staff and experienced Board of Directors, we proudly serve the community we love. We are "Empowering Students and Teachers in Our Community" and appreciate your support.

Our mission is simple. We want to make our community a better place by enlisting of our citizens to bring educational opportunities to students in need through teacher grants and scholarships. 

The mission of UTBEF is to enhance the educational and cultural opportunities available to the youth of the Upper Tampa Bay area.

We accomplish this mission and measure performance in the following ways.

  • Provide scholarships to graduating seniors from area high schools.
  • Establish programs to introduce middle school students to the world of work.
  • Recognize elementary school students for citizenship and academic accomplishments
  • Conduct teacher appreciation programs annually in area elementary schools.

Any person, association, corporation, partnership, or estate having an interest in the objectives of the Foundation shall be eligible to participate in Foundation programs and services.

UTBEF observes all local, state, and federal laws which apply to a non-profit organization as defined in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Beginnings

In January 2006, local leaders answered the need to encourage and celebrate exceptional students and the teachers who mentor them. The Upper Tampa Bay Education Foundation was formed to implement this very important endeavor. This homegrown, volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization supports area schools by sponsoring classroom projects, supporting educational development programs, awarding technical scholarships, and celebrating the dedicated educators who teach our children.

Thanks to the generosity of one local visionary UTBEF launched its College Scholarship Endowment Drive with a seed contribution of $125,000. Our first goal was to match that amount with contributions from the community, to create an endowment fund for our current technical scholarship program. We are now committed to increasing the number of students in the program and developing internship opportunities with area businesses.