Supporting HCC Faculty and Staff

The HCC Foundation engages individuals and organizations to support a variety of faculty and staff programs, ranging from funding global study opportunities to underwriting employee recognitions and years-of-service awards.

The Foundation secures private support for special initiatives designed to connect HCC with the Tampa Bay community and to support faculty and staff past and present. This support comes to life through events like the Regional Science Olympiad and Hawk Run 5K, initiatives that promote entrepreneurship and innovation like the Susie Steiner Community Impact Awards, and programs like Resources for Excellence grants, recent winners of which are detailed below.

We were proud to play a role in creating the honor of Professors Emeriti at the college in 2019. And we created the Retiree Association in 2021 for all faculty and staff who have retired from HCC after years of dedicated service.

Resources for Excellence Information and Deadlines

Fall Cycle Open Now Through May 19, 2023

The HCC Foundation’s Resources for Excellence Grants program provides funding for faculty and staff to broaden the scope of curriculum, enhance the college experience, and/or improve student achievement and retention. Resources for Excellence grants are designed to help advance HCC’s mission and goals by funding a one-time project or a pilot project. Faculty and staff may apply for grants up to $2,500 to support projects that would otherwise not be possible via the College budget, student government funds, or other sources.

There are two deadlines per year, for Fall and Spring.  The application process is now open, with a deadline of Friday, May 19, 2023.  The application form is available below. Submissions are reviewed by a committee made up of two representatives from each campus.

Completed applications can be emailed to or sent via interoffice mail to HCC Foundation, District Office, 3rd floor.  Be sure your application is properly approved by your supervisor and received in time! For additional information, please contact Shameka Conwell at

Download Application for Resource for Excellence Grants here

Resources for Excellence Fall 2022 Awards

Pre-Health Online Learning Community – Elizabeth McCullough

Elizabeth McCullough was awarded for her proposal to create an online learning community for Pre-Health students, giving them access to information and resources needed to increase retention in under-represented health careers. 

Enhancement of Seed Libraries – Kristin Heathcock

Kristin Heathcock was awarded for her proposal to enhance the seed libraries of the Brandon, Southshore, and Ybor City campuses by providing students with the resources and tools necessary to grow food and herbs.

Beautification of Plant City – Mechel Albano

Mechel Albano was awarded for her proposal to beautify the Plant City campus by adding more plants and flowers.

Footswitches for Dental Program Machines – Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller was awarded for her proposal to purchase three new footswitches for important Cavitron machines that are used in the Dental Program. 

Drawing Easels – Travis Meek

Travis Meek was awarded for his proposal to purchase drawing easels meant to be used outside of the classroom by Dale Mabry Campus students.

Tablets for Vet-Tech Students – Vincent Centonze

Vincent Centonze was awarded for his proposal to purchase tablets for Vet-Tech students so that they may enter records and reports electronically while having access to other hands-on learning/service projects.