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The Polk Education Foundation was created in 1988, as a 501 C 3 direct-support organization for the Polk County School Board. The Foundation serves as the fiscal agent and manager of many educational programs for Polk County Schools. We serve to enhance educational programs for students with private and corporate funds. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community, educational and business leaders, the Foundation has raised and spent over $34 million dollars.
The vision of the Polk Education Foundation is to help enhance public school programs and to help students reach their educational goals.
The mission of the Polk Education Foundation is to establish a proactive partnership
between the community and the public school system to link community resources with the
educational needs of its students through reading and mentoring programs, scholarships,
school grants and other educational endeavors.
Address - 1530 Shumate Drive, Bartow, FL 33830
Phone - (863) 534-0519
Fax - (863) 519-3791
|Susan Copeland||Executive Director||534-0434|
|Inga Stettler||Accountant Specialist||534-5073|
|Shannan Combee||Grants Manager, Teacher to Teacher Connection Program Director||534-0803|
|Take Stock in Children, College Success Coach||519-8076|
|Lindsay Heruska||Take Stock in Children, Program Advisor||519-8077|
|Steve Chapman||AmeriCorps Polk Reads, Program Director||519-8638|
|Kathryn Koch||President||Lanier Upshaw|
|Tracy Kimbrough||Vice President||Baylis and Company, PA|
|Ken Reeves||Secretary/Treasurer||ButterKrust Bakery|
|Jerry Miller||Immediate Past President||Duke Energy|
|Arielle Brodsky||State Farm|
|Jacqueline Byrd||Polk County Schools Superintendent|
|Paula Dockery||Cardinal Insurance|
|Ebbie Sue Doherty||W.S. Badcock Corporation|
|Al Dorsett||Community Activist, Magnify Credit Union|
|Mimi Hardman||Community Activist|
|Hollis Hooks||Morgan Stanley Wealth Management|
|Jan Mercer-Hyman||Bright House Networks|
|Tracy Mouncey||Tracy Mouncey and Associates|
|Steve Petrie||Florida Southern College|
|Blinda Pullen||Bank of America|
|Emily Rogers||Emily Rogers Consulting and Coaching|
|John Stargel||Polk County Circut Judge|
|Richard Stephens||Holland & Knight|
|Jennie Walker||Citizen's Bank & Trust|
|Steve Warner||Florida Polytechnic University|
|Lynn Wilson||Polk County School Board Member|
|Mary Ruth Wilson||Community Activist|
|Terry Worthington||United Way of Central Florida|
Thanks to a generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, Polk County Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program, administered by the Polk Education Foundation (PEF), will have a steady stream of students entering the program each year. The donor has given $100,000 a year for the last three years, with the promise of that gift continuing until his death when a lump sum amount will benefit the program. As an education foundation, the PEF is able to purchase Florida Prepaid College Tuition Scholarships for 50% of their cost, or, getting two Prepaid scholarship for the price of one. With this gift, we are able to purchase several 2 year tuition scholarships each year to ensure we have a class of at least 25 graduates for the current 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade classes, and plan for future years as well! Each student not only receives the promise of a scholarship, they are matched with a mentor who meets them regularly at their high school and they can take advantage of college preparation workshops offered by our TSIC staff. Our goal is to help keep students in school, doing their best, graduating and attending college. Thank you to this generous local donor who believes in the Take Stock in Children program and helping students achieve their college dreams!
In the 2015 report "Stepping Up: The Top K-12 Education Foundations in the Nation" conducted by Dewey & Associates, the Polk Education Foundation (PEF) ranked one of the top 50 in the nation, when compared against education foundations from like sized school districts. Performance categories used to do the comparative study were: revenues, revenues per student, assets, assets per student, grant and program expenses, grant and program expenses per student, investment income and volunteers. When compared against Foundations with similar revenues, the PEF ranked #8 in the nation. Read the complete report here. View Polk Education Foundation's national rankings here.
Give “Just One for the Kids” and help the PEF raise money for student and teacher programs in Polk County. If every employee gave just one dollar per week, we could raise over $600,000 towards helping promote education in our district! Click on the Just One for the Kids button at the top of the to make an online donation or click here to use our payroll deduction card.