College & Career Readiness

Hillsborough Education Foundation works to ensure that all students have equitable opportunities to benefit from high-quality public education—to graduate prepared for postsecondary, career and life success.
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Preparing tomorrow’s workforce begins today.

We are empowering every student to achieve both academic and personal success. Preparing students to enter postsecondary and career pathways is critical for a strong workforce. By providing the tools and resources necessary for academic advancement and life experience, we are fostering the development of skills that will maximize student success and build a talent pipeline for a sustainable, thriving workforce of tomorrow in Tampa Bay.

Your Support


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Education and knowledge create the foundation for endless possibilities.

During the 2021-2022 school year, we awarded more than $1.1 million in scholarships to graduating seniors and students in our mentoring program to give students the extra support they need.

Preparing students for life after graduation

To provide students with the skills and tools they need upon graduation, we also offer life skills workshops, resume writing, college tours, career exploration and SAT/ACT preparation.


Reports show students develop a career plan as early as 9th grade, but many lack a supportive adult to provide guidance, and the ability of high school counselors to assist students with college planning and address increased mental health needs of all students is impeded by heavy caseloads.

HEF’s onsite college and career center, in collaboration with Hillsborough County Public Schools, provides high school students one-to-one coaching and support with postsecondary planning.

At SCOPE (Student Center of Post Secondary Exploration), 9th-12th graders can receive help:
  • Creating a plan for success after graduation.
  • Exploring college, technical college and career pathways.
  • Applying for financial aid (Bright Futures, FAFSA & more).
  • Applying for college.
  • Pursuing Technical/Workforce credentials.
  • Preparing for SAT/ACT testing.

Career exploration allows students to build their skills and interests to formulate goals leading to workforce opportunities.

thank you to our generous sponsors

Interested in funding a center? Email Anna Corman or call (813) 463-4283.

Ready to take action?

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Fund a Scholarship

The cost of a college education is out of reach for many students and their families. Your contribution has the power to change the future of our community.

Volunteer in our Center

Volunteers are essential to the success of in-school support for students’ postsecondary planning. Help a student envision their future today!

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Student Scholarships

HEF awards scholarships to qualifying seniors and students in our mentoring program to help advance their education and bolster a thriving workforce.