The Education Foundation and Its 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. 


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 as volunteers and sponsors.


Derby Night is our largest fundraiser for the scholarships and teacher mini-grants that we provide to members of our community. Please join us on April 28th at Nielsen, 501 Brooker Creek Blvd, Oldsmar. Tickets are all-inclusive and fun is unlimited. For this event, we partner with the Children's Home Network SEEDS program.

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