Donor-Sponsored Grant Programs

Duke Energy Grant

DUKE Energy awarded $57,250 to 19 receipients! Since 2006, DUKE Energy has invested over $495,000 in Polks teachers and students.

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(2017 DUKE Grant Recipients)


Polk Education Foundation (PEF) received $50,000 in funding from Duke Energy for school grants to enhance STEM initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year. In 2016-2017 a total of $59,600 in grants were awarded to 18 public and charter schools in the DUKE Energy Service area. Each school awarded received funding up to $3,500. Thank you Jerry Miller and DUKE Energy!

2017 Press Release - DUKE Energy

2017 Recipient Press Release - DUKE Energy

Schools in DUKE Service Area

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School Matching Funds Grant:

2017-2018 School Matching Grant round 2 applications due December 20th. The School Matching Grants, funded received through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations as part of the School District Education Foundation Matching Grant Program, is open to all public and charter schools in Polk County and requires schools to solicit and acquire new funds from a private or community donor with the promise of a dollar for dollar match up to $3,000 per school. What a great way to connect and engage community members with local schools.

School Matching Grant application -Round Two

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STEAMing Up Polk Schools! Grant:

STEAMing up Polk Schools! STEAMing up Polk Schools!, funded through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundation, awarded almost $34,000 for STEaM education grants. Grant funds must be used to increase student achievement in STEaM content areas, improve/increase availability and inventory of resources to enhance instruction in STEaM education, and/or fund professional development in alignment with STEaM education initiatives.

List of Grant Recipients (17-18)

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(2017 Grant Recipients)


PEF awarded 11 STEaMing Up Polk! grants for the 16-17 school year. Each school received up to $3,500 in grant funds.

2015 Press Release-STEAMing up Polk Schools

2016 Recipient list


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AT&T STEM at Work Grant:

2017-2018 AT&T STEM at Work Grant

In 2016-2017 AT&T STEM at Work grant funded two $2,000 STEM (Science-Technology - Engineering- Math) grants through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF). The intention of AT&T is to provide students with opportunities to better understand an area of STEM through workplace-based experiences and to increase their awareness and interest in STEM careers.

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Chain of Lakes Elementary "Amphibians, Reptiles, and Birds, Oh My!" is an innovative project that will transform first grade students into wildlife biologists who can speak knowledgeably about native Florida species and how they benefit our environment. The objective of this project is to classify, catalogue and conserve native Florida species on campus, and will be accomplished through partnership with Kleinfelder, a science and engineering consulting firm that is committed to growing the next generation of STEM professionals. Winston Academy's project, "Project Fab Year 1 - Engineering for Agricultrue" will introduce fabrication curriculum to elementary students. The focus of year one will be creating an on site chicken coop(s) facility that will house chickens hatched through the STEM units in primary grades.  Students will actively engage in the engineering inquiry cycle to collectively work as a class oriented community of learners to complete an engineering task that begins with incubation of eggs to building a chicken coup to house adult chickens that will be laying eggs.  They will consider environmental, budgetary, aesthetic and design constraints to plan, digitally design, fabricate and assemble the project. Project Fab will continue each year with a different design and engineering task  Both programs will run through the end of April 2017, thanks to the 2016-2017 AT&T STEM at Work grant.

2016-2017 Press Release - ATT STEM at Work Grant

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SunTrust Financial Literacy Grant:

Thank you SunTrust Foundation! Because of your generosity, ten teachers received grants totaling $15,000 to teach financial literacy in their classrooms.

(2015 Grant Recipients) SunTrust Foundation Recipients


2015-2016 Classroom projects include: 

Robert Ball, from Auburndale High School, is focusing on budgeting and diversified savings in his Economics class. Graduating seniors will receive jump drives with budgeting information and spreadsheets to use as they go to college. 

In a world of purchases made with a swipe of plastic, Deanna Brewer from Berkley Elementary Charter will be working with 1st and 2nd graders to provide an environment for students to be exposed to coins, bills, literature, games, and tools for mastering the important life-skill of using money wisely! 

Pam Grant and Pamela Hart from Carlton Palmore are working on a joint project to help first and fifth grade students understand the relationship between earning, spending and saving. Both teachers will use literature, manipulatives and software to get students on the path of becoming financially responsible adults! 

Haines City High School's teacher, Broderic Ogzewalla, will use the National FFA Organization guidelines to teacher students the value of raising their own food, keeping accurate records and finding out if a project has a profit or loss. Records kept will include expenses, inventory, labor and income. This real life skill is essential to each student's financial literacy growth. 

To battle the increasing lack of experience in money management, Cynthia Kuhlman from Highland City Elementary will be using the Money Doesn't Grow on Debit Cards curriculum to instruct 1st-4th grade students in financial literacy. Fifth grade students will participate in the EverFi Financial Literacy course to research and track corporations investing fictitious funds in a mock stock market investment program, . 

Polk Avenue teachers Melissa Kelly and Michelle Counter will be working together across grade levels to introduce a multidisciplinary approach to teaching financial literacy. They have paralleled the 7 habits of highly effective people with 7 habits of financial literacy. In this project, "Are You Ready for a Hurricane?", lessons reflect not only the monetary budgeting and types of economic costs, but also critical thinking skills for planning and realistic experiences for students. Students will create hurricane kits using a budget, deciding what is most essential in case of an emergency. 

Rochelle School of the Arts has two financial literacy projects. 
Lori Crowley will work with 4th and 5th grade gifted students learning the foundational skills of trading stocks through the Stock Market Game. Theresa McCawley will instruct lessons on "goods and services", "wants and needs", and "saving and spending". Students will set up a 2nd grade market to sell school items such as pencils, pencil toppers, erasers, and $1 Scholastic books. Profits will be used to buy math manipulatives that will encourage spatial reasoning, critical and logical thinking, and problem solving skills. The students will work in the market using their counting skills to collect money and count back change. With this awesome hands on learning, students will understand how to save money for something they may want, collect money, count back change, and understand supply and demand. 

There are exciting times ahead for all of the students participating in these diverse classroom projects!

Press Release - SunTrust Foundation

2015-2016 Grant Recipients

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Motorola STEM Solutions Grant:

With STEM/STEAM (Science-Technology - Engineering- Arts - Math) as a current focus in education, Motorola Solutions Foundation through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) funded $5000 for STEM focused business partnership in 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and again in 2017-2018.


David Lockett at Bok Academy is the 2017-2018 grant recipient.

In​ ​a​ ​project-based​ ​learning​ ​environment​ ​”Powering​ ​the​ ​Future​ ​of STEM”​ ​students​ ​will​ ​take​ ​part​ ​in​ ​unique​ ​hands-on​ ​projects​ ​withcommunity​ ​partner​ ​Duke​ ​Energy throughout this school year.​ ​Duke​ ​Energy will​ ​provide​ ​diverse​ ​guest​ ​speakers,​ ​engineers,​ ​operators,​ ​technicians,and​ ​more​ ​from​ ​each​ ​of​ ​the​ ​related​ ​industries​ ​to​ ​help​ ​students​ ​connectto​ ​career​ ​potentials.​ ​Duke​ ​Energy​ ​will​ ​also​ ​provide​ ​plant​ ​tours,​ ​site visits,​ ​and​ ​introduce​ ​students​ ​to​ ​the​ ​high-tech​ ​world​ ​of​ ​energy.Students​ ​will​ ​explore​ ​how​ ​electricity​ ​is​ ​generated​ ​and​ ​provided​ ​toconsumers.​ ​​​Guest​ ​speakers​ ​from​ ​the​ ​energy​ ​sector:​ ​biomass,​ ​ocean,nuclear,​ ​wind​ ​and​ ​solar,​ ​and​ ​related​ ​industries​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​students​ ​withaccess​ ​to​ ​career​ ​potentials​ ​and​ ​guide​ ​S.T.E.M.​ ​related​ ​projects.​ ​Studentswill​ ​address​ ​and​ ​research​ ​​past,​ ​present,​ ​and​ ​future​ ​decisions​ ​related to​ ​energy​ ​shortages.​ ​​

The​ ​study​ ​of​ ​engineering​ ​and​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​the​ ​S.T.E.M.​ ​process​ ​is​ ​a great​ ​educational​ ​pursuit.​ ​In​ ​it,​ ​students​ ​apply​ ​various​ ​disciplinestoward​ ​a​ ​common​ ​goal.​ ​While​ ​“education​ ​for​ ​the​ ​purpose of enlightenment​ ​and​ ​eventual​ ​application​ ​in​ ​life​ ​is​ ​admirable,​ ​educationfor​ ​application​ ​now,​ ​to​ ​everyday​ ​life​ ​and​ ​its​ ​problems,​ ​can​ ​move​ ​thestudent​ ​to​ ​a​ ​different​ ​level​ ​and​ ​hopefully​ ​to​ ​a​ ​deepened perspectivewhich​ ​can​ ​be​ ​applied​ ​to​ ​all​ ​educational​ ​pursuits.This​ ​project will use​ ​the​ ​S.T.E.M.​ ​platform​ ​and​ ​processfor​ ​understanding​ ​the​ ​S.T.E.M.​ ​workforce​ ​in​ ​the​ ​community.​ Congratulations!

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(2017-18 Grant Recipients)


2014-2015 funding provided Fort Meade High School Pharmacy Academy students Work-Based Experiences in connection with their business partner Well Dyne Rx.

2014 Ledger article

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Would your company like to sponsor a grant program?

Donors are able to choose a focus for grants offered in their name or can instruct the Foundation to find a need for funds to be used. Contact Susan Copeland at 863-534-0434 for more information.

Other Programs

School Entrance Physicals

Forms for Entrance Physicals requests are found on the left side of our home page, and MUST BE COMPLETED AND SUBMITTED BY SCHOOL OFFICES ONLY. No forms will be accepted from parents or guardians. Please note: This will only cover an entrance physical and will not cover immunizations.

Recognition Programs

Sponsors are needed to help support the Teacher and School Related Employee of the Year Awards Program, the Polk County Hall of Fame, and About Face Awards. Please contact Susan Copeland at for more information.