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

Spring Cycle Open Now Through November 10, 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, November 10, 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 2023 Awards

Digital Microscopy Cameras – Shannon Moroney

Shannon Moroney was awarded for her proposal to implement Wi-Fi enabled microscopy cameras in the microbiology laboratory to enhance student instruction and engagement at the Dale Mabry Campus. 

“Pop- Up Resource Clinic”- Julie Richardson

Julie Richardson was awarded for her proposal to create a pop-up resource center as a quick reference to counseling and other resources within HCC and our community partners at the SouthShore Campus one day a week. 

Beautification of Brandon Campus – Julia Thillet

Julia Thillet was awarded for her proposal to create an aesthetically pleasing garden in the current empty space outside of BACA 112. A banner and decorated peace poles will be added to beautify the space that is currently filled with soil.

New Model Trimmer Dental Program Machines – Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller was awarded for her proposal to purchase 1 new model trimmer from Patterson Dental. This would allow them to have 3 fully operational trimmers in the dental program. 

Financial Literacy program for students – David Newell

David Newell was awarded for his proposal to create a program to educate students on the importance of establishing credit and the impact of an individual’s credit score.  e

EPI Program recruitment – Craig Burkhard

Craig Burkhard was awarded for his proposal to purchase outreach table advertisement materials to assist with recruitment for the EPI program in an effort increase enrollment at the Brandon Campus. 

Upgrade for Brandon STEM tutoring center – Andrew Magrath

Andrew Magrath was awarded for his proposal to purchase a digital display and wall mount to serve as a que system for the Brandon STEM tutoring center. 

Custom Pins and Lab Coats – Elizabeth McCullough

Elizabeth McCullough was awarded for her proposal to purchase customized pins for student success awards, and embroidered science laboratory white coasts for the white coat ceremony district wide for the HCC pre-health society.