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Community Partnership Seeds FUSE Scholarship Fund

Author: Helios Education Foundation

Helios Education Foundation along with partner, USAmeriBank, proudly announce the establishment of the FUSE Scholarship Fund. FUSE students that follow one of the “graduation pathways” are eligible for up to $5,500 in financial support throughout their education journey. 

Students seeking an associate degree in an identified “pathway” are co-advised and tracked as FUSE participants, and then receive guaranteed admission to their USF major upon successful completion of their associate degree.  Approximately 500 students are currently enrolled in the FUSE program across the state. FUSE students can select from numerous degree pathways that address critical workforce needs, such as biomedical sciences, finance, elementary education, information technology and public health.  

The initial scholarship fund of $1.5 million was seeded with a $500,000 gift from the USAmeriBank Foundation and matched on a 2-to-1 basis by Helios. Additionally, Helios has pledged another $1 million in future 2-to-1 matching funds. 

“Ensuring that more students - particularly first-generation, minority, and underrepresented students - have a clear pathway and now the financial support to complete a postsecondary degree is an exciting evolution of the FUSE program,” said Paul J. Luna, President and CEO of Helios Education Foundation. 

FUSE is one of four strategic pillars for LEAP, Tampa Bay’s College Access Network. LEAP is a cross-sector regional network of leaders focused on increasing college access and attainment, with the goal of ensuring that Tampa Bay has a globally competitive workforce.  The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is managing the FUSE Scholarship and is the backbone organization for the LEAP Network, for which Helios is a founding partner.

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