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, including events like the Science Olympiad and Sustainability Conference, along with programs that promote entrepreneurship & innovation and serve our region’s many veterans.

Resources for Excellence Grants

The HCC Foundation’s Resources for Excellence Grants program provides faculty and staff funds to broaden the scope of the curriculum, enhance the college experience, and improve student achievement. Made possible by the generous support of our donors, Resources for Excellence grants are designed to help advance HCC’s mission and goals. Faculty and staff may apply for grants ranging from $500 – $2,500 to support projects that would otherwise not be covered by the College budget. Deadlines for applying are twice per year, in October and April.

Current application cycle deadline is April 3, 2017.

Apply for a Resources for Excellence Grant.

2015 – 2016 Resources For Excellence Award Recipients

Summer Dance Institute | Christina Acosta
This four-week summer dance program is designed for high school students, HCC dance students, and dance professionals and educators.

Food Wall | Jennifer Smith, Paul Rabaut and Magdiel Aguilar
An Ybor City Campus food wall in the courtyard demonstrates how to grow food sustainably in a limited space and urban environment.

Zora 125, Celebrate Diversity | Richard Gaspar
This documentary film project culminates in a week-long diversity celebration, sharing Eatonville, Florida’s history and unique tie to “Genius of the South” Zora Neale Hurston.

Honors Common Read | Lauren Furry and Dustin Lemke
A group of students and faculty reads a selected book, then comes together to discuss perspectives of the text in small group discussions and all together.

Calculators | Diane Kelly and Karen Dufraine
The project will fund the purchase of 30 TI-84 graphing calculators for check-out from the Plant City campus Learning Resource Center for students who can’t afford to purchase one.

Guided Undergraduate Research | Jennifer Bess, John Whitlock and David Wingfield
This award supports the purchase of lab supplies for Guided Undergraduate Research that engages students in the scientific research process.

Literacy Kits | Dove Wimbish, Eunice Lopez and Shelly Sampat
These kits bring a multigenerational approach to literacy and learning in the family for students at the Workforce Training Center and children enrolled at the Child Development Centers.

Project Puente | Ixa Blanco-Maldonado and Nadia Kotula
An expansion of Project Puente helps HCC retain first-time-in-college Hispanic students through mentoring and engagement in the academic community.

Vet Tech Spay/Neuter Project | Vince Centonze
The project will support the purchase of supplies and pharmaceuticals for spaying, neutering and vaccinating 50 feral cats in the community.  Vet Tech students will operate the clinic and provide necessary preoperative, perioperative and post-operative functions.