Hillsborough Community College and Hillsborough Education Foundation Sign Memorandum of Understanding

June 13, 2018



On Wednesday, June 13, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) and the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at a meeting of the HCC District Board of Trustees.  The MOU will enhance cooperation between the two institutions to establish a recruitment pipeline for students from Florida’s Take Stock in Children (TSIC) program into HCC’s FUSE Program which offers structured academic pathways from the completion of the associate of arts degree (AA) to guaranteed admission into USF majors well-aligned with job demand in Hillsborough County.   

“Today’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding is a poignant reminder of the shared mission championed by HCC and HEF, as well as the important work ahead to achieve our institutional goals of removing educational barriers and establishing a pipeline of educational success through our programs,” stated Dipa Shah, chair of the HCC District Board of Trustees.

The MOU highlights the strategic commitments of both HCC and HEF, along with their close coordination to enhance educational opportunities for underserved communities.

The TSIC program, as managed by HEF, provides college scholarships to deserving low-income students to attend college and escape the cycle of poverty. 

HCC is a founding partner to the FUSE articulation with the University of South Florida, in addition to  the FUSE scholarship fund managed by the Community Foundation of Tampa, which provides scholarships to need-based, Pell-eligible students that are on pace toward accelerated degree completion.

Through the implementation of the MOU, both parties will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop collaborative and mutually beneficial recruitment channels and activities from TSIC direct to FUSE.
  • Expand the FUSE Student Tracking System at HCC to monitor the retention and completion of TSIC high school graduates toward the AA degree within three years of matriculation to HCC.
  • Explore means to coordinate the TSIC and FUSE scholarships toward achievement of their stated goals to advance college attainment within Hillsborough County leading to economic prosperity.

Hillsborough Community College serves over 44,000 students annually at its five campuses located throughout Tampa Bay. The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit hccfl.edu.


Ashley Carl

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