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  • Maria Sastre Shares Wisdom with Take Stock in Children Mentees

    December 2, 2020

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    Author: Take Stock in Children

    December 2, 2020

    Maria Sastre, Helios Education Foundation Board Director and member of the Board of Directors of Helios' partner Take Stock in Children (TSIC) was recently featured in the TSIC Newsletter where she … Read More

  • Letter to First Generation Scholars

    November 23, 2020

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    Author: Steven Currall, President, University of South Florida

    November 23, 2020

    The letter below by University of South Florida President, Steven Currall, was written to Helios First Generation Scholars within the Florida University System and the Florida College System. The … Read More

  • President's Message

    November 20, 2020

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    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    November 20, 2020

    As 2020 is coming to a close and we are about to enter the holiday season, I am reflecting on both the extraordinary challenges we have faced this year as well as the extraordinary resilience we have … Read More

  • The Future of Higher Education

    October 29, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 29, 2020

    The future of Arizona rests in the future of higher education.  Arizona must strengthen our commitment to provide all students in Arizona with the opportunity to achieve a postsecondary degree.  Not … Read More

  • FAFSA Season is Here!

    October 28, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 28, 2020

    One of the most intimidating aspects of completing a postsecondary degree is financial uncertainty. Too often students with high potential but low means shy away from pursuing a degree based on the … Read More

  • Helios Education Foundation: Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities

    October 1, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    October 1, 2020

    This article originally appeared 83 Degrees Media, a Tampa-based weekly digital magazine leveraging the power of solutions-based and narrative journalism.

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  • President's Message

    September 29, 2020

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    September 29, 2020

    As the new school year is now in full swing in both Arizona and Florida, we know that it looks different for everyone.  Many students are continuing to work remotely.  Many students are doing a … Read More

  • Equity in Education

    September 20, 2020

    Author: Robert Neese, GEAR UP Executive Director

    September 20, 2020

    Arizona GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) helps increase educational opportunity and access for middle and high school students living in low-income … Read More

  • Laurie Meggesin Leaves Legacy at Florida College Access Network

    September 10, 2020

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    Author: Laurie Meggesin, Former Executive Director Florida College Access Network

    September 10, 2020

    Momentum behind Florida’s college access movement is fueled by many partners, including statewide influencer, the Florida College Access Network (FCAN). Laurie Meggesin, former Executive Director of … Read More

  • Change Realized: How Foundations are Contributing to Public Policy Successes

    August 18, 2020

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    Author: Center for Effective Philanthropy

    August 18, 2020

    Below is an excerpt from the final blog post in a five-part series titled, “Foundations and Policy Engagement: Insights in Their Own Words,”  by the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the CEP Blog. … Read More

  • Global Pandemic Exacerbates Student Need

    July 28, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 28, 2020

    Supporting Former Foster Youth During a Time of Crisis 

    Former foster youth face a myriad of challenges in completing a college degree.  While we might assume financial issues are the most … Read More

  • Elevating Teacher Voices in the Midst of a Pandemic

    July 27, 2020

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    Author: Christine M. Thompson, President & CEO, Expect More Arizona

    July 27, 2020

    In late May, Expect More Arizona conducted a voluntary survey of Arizona educators. We asked participants to reflect on the overnight shift to remote instruction, and to share their thoughts and … Read More

  • The Importance of the 2020 Census on Florida

    July 27, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 27, 2020

    The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. That funding shapes many different … Read More

  • President's Message

    July 27, 2020

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    July 27, 2020

    As we continue through this challenging and extraordinary time, one of the most important conversations we are having is how to  ensure our students receive a high-quality education whether that be … Read More

  • Project Benjamin Opens Dialogue About FAFSA

    July 24, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 24, 2020

    For many first-generation students, the thought of college can be very daunting. Add to it the ever-changing and very confusing financial aid process. From the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal … Read More

  • The Cuéntame Collaborative

    July 21, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 21, 2020

    Make Way for Books, in partnership with Helios Education Foundation, is working to create and strengthen culturally-responsive, optimal learning environments to ensure young children develop emergent … Read More

  • Helios' Statement on Passing of Congressman John Lewis

    July 20, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    July 20, 2020

    Helios Education Foundation joins the collective grieving of the Nation. This weekend, Congressman John Lewis, a lifetime civil rights advocate, public servant, and inspiration to us all passed away. … Read More

  • Access and Equity in Early Childhood Education

    July 2, 2020

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    Author: Michelle Conroy Director, Early Grade Success Initiatives

    July 2, 2020

    The early years of childhood are formative in development, and quality early education experiences play a pivotal role in establishing a strong foundation in learning. A lack of access to quality … Read More

  • Why Foundations are Engaging in Public Policy Efforts

    July 2, 2020

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    Author: Center for Effective Philanthropy

    July 2, 2020

    Below is an excerpt from the first blog post in a five-part series titled, “Foundations and Policy Engagement: Insights in Their Own Words,”  by the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the CEP Blog. … Read More

  • Helios-BC2FIU Scholarship Supports Broward College to Florida International University Guided Pathways

    June 23, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 23, 2020

    While uncertainty may surround certain aspects of the upcoming Fall semester, Broward College students who comprise the inaugural cohort of BC2FIU Scholarship recipients can be certain a portion of … Read More

  • Helios Awards Six Yuma Students with Four-Year College Scholarship

    June 10, 2020

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    June 10, 2020

    Six students from Yuma, Arizona have just been awarded a full scholarship to an Arizona college or university of their choice.  During a time of much uncertainty for students throughout the country, … Read More

  • Helios Education Foundation and Phoenix Suns Charities Award Full-Tuition Scholarship to Carl Hayden Community School Student 

    May 28, 2020

    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    May 28, 2020

    Marylin Maldonado recently received the surprise of a lifetime.  Representatives from the Phoenix Suns, including The Gorilla, showed up at her home to surprise her with a full-tuition scholarship … Read More

  • Stay the Course, Toward a Complete Count

    May 15, 2020

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    Author: by Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    May 15, 2020

      As communities throughout Arizona and Florida are dealing with massive concerns and uncertainties related to COVID-19, one thing remains critically important – ensuring a complete count for Census 2 … Read More

  • Arizona GEAR UP Amplifies Reach to High School Seniors Amid COVID-19

    May 7, 2020

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    Author: Northern Arizona University

    May 7, 2020

    Several months ago, Helios partnered with Arizona GEAR UP to provide Senior Launch Guides to high school seniors and their familiar throughout Arizona.  The intent of the partnership is to … Read More

  • 2019 State of Preschool Report Released

    May 4, 2020

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    Author: Michelle Conroy, Director, Early Grade Success Initiatives

    May 4, 2020

    Enrollment in a high-quality prekindergarten program has significant implications for learning and development, increasing a child’s odds of succeeding in school and life. According to the 2019 State … Read More

  • Resources for College Access Organizations and Students During COVID-19

    April 27, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 27, 2020

    In March of 2020, life came to a screeching halt for the majority of the world. No longer could most people go to work or attend class.  Sadly, for some students, the remainder of their senior year … Read More

  • Financial Aid Starts with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    April 1, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    April 1, 2020

    Students face numerous challenges along the path toward completion of a postsecondary degree. Often, the most significant challenge is the increasing cost of higher education. Yet, annually, … Read More

  • United Ways and Community Foundations in Arizona and Florida Receive Grant Funding

    March 31, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    March 31, 2020

    Responding to unprecedented needs thrust upon our communities due to the COVID-19 virus, Helios Education Foundation is providing a total of $650,000 in emergency response funding to local United Way … Read More

  • Simply Unconquered

    March 20, 2020

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    Author: Rebekka Behr, Florida State University Student and Unconquered Scholars Program Participant

    March 20, 2020

    Sometimes, All a Student Needs is to Hear a "Yes." Rebekka Behr is a Florida State University Student and Unconquered Scholars Program Participant. The Unconquered Scholars Program provides an array … Read More

  • A Complete Census Count is Critical to Communities

    March 12, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    March 12, 2020

    ¡Hágase Contar! Make Yourself Count is an initiative spearheaded by NALEO Educational Fund and aims to ensure a fair and accurate count of the Latino community nationwide in the 2020 Census. Mandated … Read More

  • Community Leaders are Elevating Excellence in Pinellas County High Schools

    January 31, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    January 31, 2020

    Education beyond high school has long been viewed as the gateway to economic prosperity. In fact, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation indicated in their Florida Jobs 2030 report, the state … Read More

  • Working Together Across Arizona and Florida to Increase Early Literacy

    January 30, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    January 30, 2020

    At Helios Education Foundation, our ultimate goal is for every student in Arizona and Florida to complete a postsecondary degree. That is why we believe learning should begin as early as possible.  … Read More

  • Two-Way Immersion Classes Build Path for Academic Success

    January 28, 2020

    Author: Michael Robert, Superintendent, Osborn School District

    January 28, 2020

    The preschoolers were a mix of English and Spanish speakers. They sat quietly as their teacher read them a story, then put down the book. Now it was   their turn. Whether the book had been read in … Read More

  • Building Trusted Relationships with Florida Students

    January 24, 2020

    Author: Jillian Hasner, President and CEO, Take Stock in Children

    January 24, 2020

    This year, Take Stock in Children is celebrating our 25th year of providing mentors, scholarships, and hope to Florida students in poverty. For those unfamiliar with Take Stock, our signature … Read More

  • President's Message

    January 22, 2020

    Author: Paul J. Luna, Helios Education Foundation

    January 22, 2020

    January 1 not only marked the start of a new year but it was also the dawn of a new decade.  A new decade provides an opportunity for our nation to conduct a national census.  The census is done … Read More

  • Universities form Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to Accelerate Innovation Toward Student Success

    January 10, 2020

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    Author: Helios Education Foundation

    January 10, 2020

    Connecting student potential to limitless possibilities through the completion of a postsecondary degree is more than an aspirational goal for Helios Education Foundation. Ensuring all students, … Read More

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