Students’ award-winning works to be featured from the 2023 Hillsborough County Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

(February 24, 2023) Tampa, FL – Hillsborough Education Foundation and Hillsborough County Public Schools are proud to host the 2023 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. We are excited to announce that this year’s ceremony, honoring students as regional and national award winners, will once again be held in person. Members of the media are invited to attend.

What: 2023 Hillsborough County Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Ceremony
When: March 9, 2023, 6:30 PM
Where: Blake High School Auditorium, 1701 N. Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33607
Contact: Kendra Oestreich, (813) 944-9510 or [email protected].

This year, there were 1,288 student submissions and the regional judges had the tough task of narrowing them down to 275 art awards and 87 writing awards. Award recipients will be recognized during the ceremony by representatives from Hillsborough Education Foundation, Hillsborough County Public Schools, Hillsborough County School Board and event sponsors, including Suncoast Credit Union and Ringling College of Art + Design.

The works from Hillsborough County’s 81 Gold Key winners will be submitted to the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Students will have the opportunity to compete at the national level and be recognized during a ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York City in June.

“We are proud to partner with the district to showcase the talents of our young artists and writers and give them a platform to express their creativity on a local and national scale,” said Hillsborough Education Foundation CEO Kim Jowell. “It is important to celebrate their work that embodies critical, analytical and conceptual thinking and develops skills that will assist them throughout their education and career.”

Members of the media and the public are invited to enjoy the award-winning art and writing pieces from local middle and high school students on Exhibition, hosted by The University of Tampa.

What: 2023 Hillsborough County Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Exhibition
When: March 8-18, 2023 (Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday: 10 AM-4 PM | Saturday: 1-4 PM)
Where: The University of Tampa Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33606
Contact: Gallery Director Jocelyn Boigenzahn, (813) 253-6217 or [email protected].

This year marks 100 years of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. It is the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative students in grades 7-12 in the United States and is the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

More information about the student winners, pictures, video and interviews are available upon request.

About Hillsborough Education Foundation 

Established in 1987, Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) is a nonprofit focused on strengthening public education by supporting teachers and empowering students to achieve academic and personal success. Together with our community partners, HEF strategically invests in initiatives that impact teaching quality, increase graduation rates and build equity in education—bolstering a thriving workforce of tomorrow and the sustainable prosperity of Tampa Bay. Learn more at

# # #