The Pinellas Education Foundation collaborates with the school district to create greater opportunities for the next generation. From scholarships to career education, our initiatives directly impact more than 100,000 lives annually, and countless more are touched by our efforts.
We strive to educate all students for success. Our programs provide support and training to help young minds learn and grow.
11 k Students learned about free enterprise and personal finance this year in Enterprise Village and Finance Park.
747 Mentors spent 20,000+ hours with students in 2019-20
150 + Students were coached and mentored by business and community leaders as they worked to create new businesses, products and apps. in 2019-20
“Through Next Generation Entepreneurs, I created an app called Downtown which went on to win third place at a national competition. The Pinellas Education Foundation’s programs have pushed me to get on a path to college so I can accomplish the rest of my dreams.”
To support our students, we must first empower their educators. Through grants and other initiatives, our Foundation provides the tools teachers need to transform lives.
128 Grants awarded to teachers this year, impacting more than 21,000 students.
“Through the Pinellas Education Foundation, I was awarded a grant to purchase literature with kinesthetic items to help boys learn easier. Ultimately, this grant is helping my school close the gap between students who need more than traditional teaching methods.”
There are many paths to prosperity. Our Foundation increases school and student capacity for accessing postsecondary education or entering the workforce.
249 Traditional scholarships, totaling more than $660,000 given this year.
230 Take Stock in Children Scholars graduated this year, representing more than $3 million given. Many of these students are the first in their families to go to college or technical school.
99.8 % Current graduation rate for Career Academies.
92 Students who either had dropped out of high school or were on the verge of dropping out joined our Youth Connect program where they attained more than 130 credentials including industry certifications and GEDs.
“I was the first in my family to go to college. It showed my family and friends that anything is possible. If we continue to invest in our students, they will stay here and become valuable members of our community. I can’t wait for the day when I can sponsor a deserving student and help make their dreams come true.”
“I got pregnant when I was sixteen and dropped out of school in 11th grade. Youth Connect made it easy for me to go back and get an education. The mentors genuinely care about you—you’re not another number and another statistic for them. I still talk with my mentor every day.”
- COMMUNITY LEADERS -
“My company employs students from the career academies as automotive technicians. Students get a good job with benefits, and it addresses our industry-wide void of qualified service technicians. I’m proud to continue partnering with the Pinellas County Education Foundation. What other cause impacts over 100,000 lives in one county—and positively influence ALL the students?”
Sarainne L. Andrews
Dr. and Mrs. Gus A Stavros
Ellmar Foundation, Inc.
Richard O. Jacobson Foundation
St. Petersburg Kennel Club
Bob and Joanne McIntyre DITEK Corporation