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 Opens October 2022

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, November 18, 2022.  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, 7th 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 2021 Awards

Plant City Campus Directory Map- Natalie Powell

Natalie Powell was awarded for her proposal to design and build an updated map & directory for the Plant City campus.

Disability assistance technologies- Shelly Stewart

Shelly Stewart will use funds to develop and implement a panel of both faculty and students to explore innovative technology options for enhancing learning for students with disabilities.

Resources for Excellence Spring 2021 Awards

Revamped Workforce Student Success Center- Steven Crudup

Steven Crudup was awarded for his proposal to modify the Workforce Training Center’s Student Success Center to assist students both virtually and in person. Funds will be used to purchase equipment to engage students virtually and provide access to training and speakers that otherwise cannot come to HCC directly.

Installation of Cepheid GeneXpert System – Tripat Kaur

Tripat Kaur will use funds to install a third Cepheid GeneXpert, a microorganism & virus identification system, to allow more students hands on time with the equipment, providing them with competitive experience in real lab environments.

Resources for Excellence Fall 2020 Awards

Podcast Studio & Multimedia Lab, Ybor Campus- Jeremy Bullian

Jeremy Bullian, Ybor City, was awarded for his proposal to create a podcast studio and multimedia lab in the campus library. Funds will be used to purchase equipment for use by students and will present opportunities for collaboration with faculty and their classes.

Outdoor Benches, Plant City Campus- Molly Coufal & Natalie Powell

Molly Coufal and Natalie Powell, Plant City, will use funds to purchase much needed outdoor benches for the campus.

Expanded Seed Libraries- Paul Rabaut

Paul Rabaut, Sustainability Coordinator, will use funding to expand seed libraries to the Dale Mabry, Brandon and Plant City campuses. Free seeds for food crops and planting instructions will be offered to anyone at HCC or the community. Recipients will be encouraged to save and dry seeds their plants produce for return to the seed libraries.

Videotaping & Tripod kits for Nursing program- Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari, Marianna Fiata

Jennifer Reyes, Laura Lewicki, Sheila Hajari and Marianne Fiata, DM, SS and PC, will provide videotaping kits and tripods to allow nursing students to validate their skills at home. Videotaping of skills is required and there are multiple skills each student needs to perform outside of the clinical setting.

Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Clinic participation- Anthony Spatola

Anthony Spatola, Plant City, was awarded for his proposal to allow Vet Tech students the opportunity to participate in a spay/neuter clinic on feral cats in the community, providing students with real experience while conducting an important community service.

Paralegal Digital Badges- Mark Sandag

Tom Tankersley and Mark Sandag, Ybor, will use funding for Paralegal students’ digital badges. The digital badges, once earned, will demonstrate to potential employers that students possess a high level of competence in a number of high-demand skills.