Strengthening Public Education and Empowering Students to Succeed

We are committed to increasing graduation rates by funding innovative ideas and driving solutions that strengthen public education so all students in Hillsborough County Public Schools will graduate and be prepared with the skills necessary for postsecondary, career and life success.


success relies on relationships


Take Stock in Children Mentor

Mentor Joanne Sudman spent 43 years in education as a speech and language pathologist. Now retired, she wanted to continue to give back to students as a mentor.
“It’s probably the best way we can touch the lives of those students who are in need and help them,” says Sudman.

Joanne meets with her mentee several times each month during school hours. She hopes her support and guidance will help empower her mentee to achieve both academic and personal success—and plans to be one of her biggest cheerleaders long after graduation.

“I hope our relationship continues throughout college and the rest of her life—as long as I’m here,” Sudman says. “I’ve never seen a child so determined and focused. I have no doubt it’s going to lead her where she wants to go.”

Joanne Sudman, Mentor at Take Stock in Children Hillsborough Education Foundation, older woman standing in school hallway smiling
Katherine, Take Stock in Children student, young girl smiling, standing in library, Hillsborough Education Foundation


every student matters

Katherine’s Story

Take Stock in Children Student

Katherine, a Lennard High School Freshman, has always known she wanted to go to college to study medicine, she just didn’t know how she and her family would afford it—until she learned about Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mentoring program.

“I was interested in getting involved in this mentoring program because it’s a great way to prepare for my future and to make sure I’m on track with my work—so I’m the best possible student I can be.”

Mentees are paired with a college success coach and mentor and have the opportunity to earn at least a 2-year Florida Prepaid Scholarship. Katherine says she’ll make the most of this opportunity.

“It makes me feel very excited knowing that my future is on a great path and I will ultimately be able to do what I want in life.”


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150,000+ students in Hillsborough County qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and it’s tough for these struggling families to buy the school supplies students need to succeed. Whether learning in the classroom or from home, thousands of our highest needs students are at risk of going without the critical supplies they need for academic success. There are a variety of ways you can get involved and help erase the need for Hillsborough County students. Sign up to host a drive, support or Virtual Supply Drive, or make a donation today!

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