The second-annual Florida Economic Forum, hosted on April 3 by the Economic Club of Tampa, raised $25,000 to fund college scholarships for at-risk students through the Hillsborough Education Foundation's Take Stock in Children program.
The event brought together both Tampa Bay area mayors to discuss urban planning, city building, regional cooperation and the future of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Event co-chairman Dr. Sebastian "Buster" Castellano said the $25,000 raised will be matched by the state of Florida, and will send four at-risk middle and high school students to college.
"This brings our total over the past three years to 17 Economic Scholars," Castellano said.
The Foundation identifies worthy students, awards Florida Prepaid scholarships and assigns each recipient with a mentor.
"We experience a 97 percent graduation rate using this time-tested scholarship and mentoring program for at-risk students," said Foundation President Kim Jowell.
Eight Economic Club of Tampa members serve as mentors in the Take Stock in Children program. They meet weekly with their mentees to make sure they are on track to academic success.
About the Economic Club of Tampa
The Economic Club of Tampa includes an exclusive yet diverse group of business, professional and community thought leaders who share a vital interest in our local, state, national, and global economies. Each week, immediately following lunch, nationally recognized industry, community, politicians and thought leaders offer their perspectives on a variety of economic topics and pertinent issues. The club works to identify and assist upcoming leaders as the torch passes from one generation to the next. For more information, visit http://www.econclubtampa.org.
About the Hillsborough Education Foundation
The Hillsborough Education Foundation provides educational resources and financial assistance to help give every Hillsborough County Public School student the opportunity to achieve personal success. Regardless of background, family structure or economic status, the Hillsborough Education Foundation believes every student can reach his or her potential through public education. The Foundation works in partnership with the community to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements through scholarships, mentoring, free school supplies, innovative classroom projects and recognition for education professionals. For more information on how you can donate and get involved, visit www.EducationFoundation.com.