STUDENT/GRANTS

Welcome to our page for Students and Grants!  This includes information on our Annual Scholarships, grants and full details on how you can apply with the potential to be awarded a scholarship!  2018 APPLICATIONS ARE BELOW … Reply no later than 4-20-2018 at midnight!

Without the support of you, Our Hero’s, we might have to do budget cuts so we sincerely hope you help us so we can help Florida Kiddos and businesses!  Support is needed as Donors; Event Sponsors; Auction Donations; Event Attendees; and monetary support in any form.

BELOW after guidelines and applications are our WINNERS SINCE 2014!  YEAH HERO’S for your HELP!

 

GUIDELINES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL 8th Grader SCHOLARSHIPS?

  1. Your child must be entering High School during the 2018-2019 calendar year within the Tampa Bay area.
  2. Your child must be attending a High School in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. Your child must live within the Tampa Bay Area.
  4. Your child must complete the “Middle School application,” on our website and return via email or US Postal mail no later than April20, 2018.
  5. Your child must provide a photo of their choice that will be posted on all social media and blog site IF they win. Otherwise the photo will not be posted.
  6. Parents must agree to have their child’s photo on all social media and blog sites of o2b Fun Inc.
  7. Each student is requested to provide a 3-5 sentence testimonial of how they spent their monies after they return from their Educational Summer Camp Experience.
  8. All Funds Must be used toward a Florida Educational Summer Camp experience and Must in the application state which Florida Educational Summer Camp experience they wish to attend.

GUIDELINES FOR COLLEGE BOUND SCHOLARSHIPS?

  1. You must be planning to attend a Florida College 2018-2019 calendar year in the Tampa Bay area.
  2. You Must live in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. You must complete the “College Bound application,” on our website and return via email or US Postal mail no later than April20, 2018.
  4. You must provide a photo of their choice that will be posted on all social media and blog site IF you win. Otherwise the photo will not be posted.
  5. Parents must agree to have their child’s photo on all social media and blog sites of o2b Fun Inc.
  6. Each student is requested to provide a 3-5 sentence testimonial of how they spent their monies after they have received their College Bound Scholarship funds.
  7. All Funds Must be used toward a Florida College and Must in the application state which Florida College they wish to attend.

GUIDELINES FOR “SHEP” TECH SCHOLARSHIPS?

  1. You must be planning to attend a Florida Tech school 2018-2019 calendar year within the Tampa Bay area.
  2. You Must live in the Tampa Bay area.
  3. You must complete the “SHEP application,” on our website and return via email or US Postal mail no later than April20, 2018.
  4. You must provide a photo of their choice that will be posted on all social media and blog site IF you win. Otherwise the photo will not be posted.
  5. Parents must agree to have their child’s photo on all social media and blog sites of o2b Fun Inc.
  6. Each student is requested to provide a 3-5 sentence testimonial of how they spent their monies after they have received the “SHEP Award” funds.
  7. All Funds Must be used toward a Florida TECH and Must in the application state which Florida Tech they wish to attend.

GUIDELINES FOR “CULINARY” SCHOLARSHIPS?

  1. You must be attending a Tampa Bay Area High School during 2018-2019 calendar year.
  2. You Must be in the 11th Grade of High School.
  3. You must complete the “Culinary application,” on our website and return via email or US Postal mail no later than April 20, 2018.
  4. You must provide a photo of their choice that will be posted on all social media and blog site IF you win. Otherwise the photo will not be posted.
  5. Parents must agree to have their child’s photo on all social media and blog sites of o2b Fun Inc.
  6. Each student is requested to provide a 3-5 sentence testimonial about their experience from the “Culinary Award.”
  7. All Funds will be used toward a Summer Culinary Working Experience to gain Experience and Knowledge from Award Winning Michael Lamando and his team at Amici’s Catered Cuisine.

IF Students or Parent’s have any questions or concerns please email o2bfun@yahoo.com for a pdf version of these scholarship applications!

  

  

  

     

   

   

Annually we honor Michael Sheppard’s memory by granting one student the SHEP Award which is a scholarship to a Florida Technical School so if you are interested in continuing technical skills be sure to apply!  PLUS  NEXT YEAR … 2018,  we will begin the Annual Amici’s Culinary Intern Scholarship for All Culinary Students in the area to apply for!

SHEP IS   

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CONGRATS to all our 2017 Scholarship Winner’s!  testimonials to follow so be watching!

 

ASHLEY (Pinellas) Attended Naples Nature’s Wonder Summer Camp Program Lead by The Ritz-Carlton resort Conservationists!  During the day enjoy hands-on discovery programs in the Nature’s Wonders facility that utilize a science-based curriculum and kid-sized lab, complete with microscopes and visual stimuli like preserved reptile skeletons.  All the tools to help a marine biologist stay engaged.

VERONICA (Sarasota) NASA’s week-long sessions she experienced space flight on motion simulators, meet and talk with a real live astronaut. She rode the Shuttle Launch Experience and participated in Team-building activities that provided her the chance to perform a space shuttle mission simulation and brainstorm ideas for future space travel.

JACOB (Polk) Jacob attended the Zookeeper camp at Busch Gardens, from Sunday through Thursday. Students are up early to fed and learn what the life of a Zookeeper is about by cleaning, feeding and learn about conservation and work together to improve it.

LIYANA (Hillsborough) Attended Clash Camp for one full week at Camp Kulaqua and learned teambuilding with Christian classes.

COLLEGE BOUND

Hunter (SHEP AWARD) Attended and completed PTEC for automotive training.  Hunter will be taking over his family’s automotive shop ensuring Fowler Automotive stays in the family for the Third Generation!

Noelle (Pinellas) Is using her funds to attend St. Pete College with gratitude to all those that support o2b Fun Inc. which enabled her to attend college.

Sandra (Manatee) I will be using her funds to continue her love of art by attending The Art Institute of Tampa.  Thank You for believing in me!

Damarcus (Pasco) will be using his funds to attend Florida College studying Physiology to help fellow troubled students.  Damarcus and I thank your supporters as well his high school teacher who helped turn him around!

Daniel (Hernando) Thanks to you I get to attend PTEC to learn how to work on cars and provide for himself, his family as well be an asset to him community by being a working citizen.

Nielsen Scholarship went to LETO HIGH Culinary student who will attend Culinary College!

Plus Additional cash grants given in 2017:   NIELSEN Tech Student; Ozona Christian School; Make Them Matter; Crystal Lake Middle School; American Cancer Pinellas; Lou Gehrig’s ALS; RCS; Leto High Culinary; Freedom High; SO FAR!

our 2017 AWESOME SPONSORS:

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On the date of our IRS Approval/Start Date in 2014 (8-14-2014) we granted TWO (2) Students with Educational cash scholarships.  In May 2015 (our first full year in business) we granted EIGHT (8) Students with Educational Cash Scholarships plus we provided to five (5) Tampa Bay Community businesses with Cash Grants to further their programs!  In June 2016, we granted TEN (10) Tampa Bay Area Students with Cash Educational Scholarships.   In June 2017, we are set to grant Eight + (8) Tampa Bay Area Kiddo’s with Educational cash scholarships!

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2016 Scholarship Awards Party Proudly Presented by:

BHhoriz_colorCMYK     BIG THANKS to our 2016 DONORS!  

 

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Note we had five (5) Winners with no available Pics!

ALL THANK YOU NOTES are in their own words!  NOTE in 2016 – a Second and Third SHEP Award were given to Paul and Daniel! 🙂

MICHAEL (Tarpon Springs Md.) Thank you for the 2016 Middle School Scholarship that I used to attend MFuge with my church. What an impact this has made in both my career choice and growing my faith.

ALEC (C’side Academy Md.)  Thanks to all the people who give to o2b Fun as you allowed me to grow this summer with my 2015 Educational Summer Camp scholarship without this I could not stay engaged in my future career choice.

CHAD (Webb Md.) Thanks for your scholarship that was used to attend summer Band Camp at the University of South Florida.

AUSTIN (Beth Shields Md.) My scholarship money went to attend a week long iD Tech camp in Jacksonville, which is for coders, and gamers.  Using adobe and other engines I will keep my mind fresh in high school to be prepared for college.  Thanks!

APRIL (FL State)  April will graduate from Florida State with and she plans to travel to the Dominican Republic for one month to learn Spanish Medical terminology for serving Florida Families.

MARIA (Sickles High) Because of your scholarship I am able to attend Drexel University online to gain my Digital Librarian degree.  This career focuses on collection of all types of digital records and I look forward to being a part of a cutting edge career

NINA (Pinellas Park High) Excited to win this scholarship and Thanks to o2b Fun Scholarship I get to peruse my career choice of First Responders by attending Sea School for Coast Guards. USCG here I come and thank you supporters of o2b Fun.

KENAN (#1 SHEP) Thanks for the SHEP Award scholarship that allowed me to pursue my horticultural passion.

DANIEL (#2 SHEP Pasco High)  Thanks to o2b Fun and your supporters I won the second SHEP award and am able to attend PTEC for automotive training so I can get a job to help my family.

PAUL (#3 SHEP Crystal River) My family and I am so grateful to the supporters of your business that allowed me to attend Computer Programming courses at University of Tampa.

Additional grants in 2016:  Walk for Life Pinellas; American Cancer Pinellas; Lou Gehrig’s ALS; Countryside Cares; Make them Matter; Oak Park High; Leto High Culinary; Nielsen Grant; Lilly of the Valley Pantry; Bee Well Health; Freedom High; Big Promise Studios; and RCS.

2015 SCHOLARSHIPS and THANK YOU NOTES … in their own words

TIM’S NOTE  =  o2b Fun, Inc, I wanted to let you know just how much Scott, Tim, and I appreciate the scholarship that o2b Fun, Inc. gave to Tim in May 2015.  This is a huge financial relief for Scott and me and the scholarship is an encouragement to Tim, because he knows that he has others, besides his immediate family, who are rooting for him to succeed.   We are so appreciative of the companies that support o2b Fun as well.  They are allowing this nation’s youth to succeed and become productive citizens, who will, in turn, help to bring up other youth in the future.   Thank you so much. The Sandmeyer’s

AVA’S NOTE:   Ava’s dream is to be marine biologists and because of the gracious scholarship given to Ava to attend Educational Summer camp by o2b Fun, Inc. she was able to fuel that desire this summer and we are so grateful.  Ava enjoyed and attended Aqua Camps at the Florida Aquarium where she was able to be in three (3) full weeks of awesome camps.  Please know that now more than ever Ava wants to fulfill her dreams and is headed straight into High School with that desire renewed.   Thank you all who support o2b Fun, Inc and please keep on supporting so all our kids can become productive citizens in our communities.  Elated Mom, Wendy

MAX’S NOTE:   Thank You to o2b Fun, Inc, their Board of Directors and Supporters for the May 2015 Educational grant given to my son!   Max enjoyed the 2015 Robotics Arduino & C Programming Summer Camp at the Tampa Preparatory School in Tampa.  This camp is all about building circuits and learning how to control those electronics with C Programming.  Thank you o2b Fun, Inc for allowing my son to enjoy this educational experience as we would not have had the funds to send him without your full support.  Thank you so Much for helping to encourage his interests!

DARNESHA’S  NOTE:   Darnesha made a decision to continue her education by attending Law School in Gulfport Florida after applying for and being accepted in seven (7) different colleges.  As a mother we are so proud of Darnesha and grateful o2b Fun, Inc for your support in allowing our daughter to fulfill her dreams.  As an attorney or soon to be attorney you know our daughter will be giving back to her community in every aspect.   Again thank you on behalf of our family and our lovely daughter.

HANS’ NOTE:   Thank you so much o2b Fun, Inc for the 2015 Scholarship funds which will enable me to study Electrical Engineering at University of Florida in Gainesville.  As a Tarpon Springs High Student it is an honor to be selected and receive this scholarship grant.  I look forward to graduation and becoming a productive citizen in my community thanks to your support, Hans

ABBY’S NOTE:   Thank you o2b Fun for the summer camp scholarship as I used the funds to pay for my church camp experience.  Camp was the highlight of my year and what I had looked forward to all year long.   Thanks to you all I got to build a stronger bond with my friends and create new friends all while growing closer in my faith.  I learned the most about how the Holy Spirit and how important it is in my daily life.  I know I have grown as I read and pray where I did not before this experience.   Thank You Abby

CHRISTIAN’S NOTE:  Thank you for allowing me to win my 8th grade educational scholarship.  I want to work with my hands and this summer I was able to go to the Dominic Republic where I help build houses and drill wells for families that have nothing.  This allowed me to use my Spanish while helping families that have it worse that we do here in the USA.   Thank You, Christian

NIELSEN STUDENT:  o2b Fun, Inc provided a cash Technical Scholarship Award to Leto High Culinary Student on behalf of Nielsen Company!  CONGRATS

ADDITIONAL 2015 Grants went to =  Make Them Matter; Walk for Life Pinellas; Relay for Life American Cancer; Lou Gehrig’s ALS; Oldsmar Cares Gala; Freedom High School needs and Countryside Cares!

2014 Scholarship was Awarded

ONE Derrick Brooks Foundation Student grant; AND ONE FSU School of Medicine and Plus a grant to Nielsen Tech Student.   PHOTOS we not provided nor any thank you notes.

FYI ~ DISCLAIMER: Ever seen one of those plate-spinning circus acts? Hence this message and what follows is designed only to be transparently honest!   Let me paint the picture for you. I work from home; I have no secretary or any other help at all. It’s just me. I maintain two -2-  websites, one -1- blog, six -6- social media sites, and I do all of the solicitation/creative/marketing/requests/mailings/calls/follow up calls/letters/pickups/meetings/school contacts/school follow ups/referrals/leads and everything required to keep this business going while making our events as awesome as I can.   I do not take out any Salary, No utilities, Not any car wear tear, No gasoline expenses, I Only reimburse myself for event expenses, I print in black-and-white, I hand deliver mail to people if I can otherwise I mail so we can give ALL of the Funds Raised to Your Tampa Bay Area Kiddos!!  This is Why I can Honestly say 100% of Funds Raised goes to Your Kiddos!   The REAL HEROS come to us in the form of: Donors, Sponsors, Contributors, Attendees an Gifts that YOU give to make Scholarships possible.

Because you care about the future of our community, we invite you to join us in making a difference.  Your contributions will help fulfill the dreams of deserving students who might otherwise lack the resources to pursue those dreams.  We sincerely thank you for donating, sponsoring, supporting and attending events … THANK YOU!

MAKE A DONATION:  Any amount makes a huge impact because o2b Fun, Inc is volunteer ran and the money you donate go directly to Educational Scholarships.  You can send your check to: o2b Fun, Inc – PO Box 2533 – Oldsmar, FL 34677

-OR-   Go online through our secure PayPal account at http://www.o2bfun.org/tickets-1.html  where your donation OR Tickets ordered helps you connect students with Educational Scholarships to, EDUCATE + EQUIP + EMPOWER Florida Students!

LAST Did you get a new laptop, iPad, Android/iPhone or other technical toys for the Holidays or your Birthday?  Want to donate the old ones so we can Gift Them to needy students or their families!  Like we said all donations are appreciated and will be given to those that will not only fully use them but greatly appreciate them!  THANK YOU!

CONTACT US:    Email at o2bfun@yahoo.com anytime; Snail Mail – P.O.Box 2533, Oldsmar, FL 34677 or Call 727.641.6600 know that messages will be returned within 48 business hours maximum.

Middle School Grants = this is for 8th Grade Students that are headed into high school after the summer break.  We at o2b Fun, Inc feel this is a major adjustment going from Middle to High School and wish to keep students educationally interested therefore, we are granting a complimentary Florida Educational Camp to students.

High School or College Bound Grants = this is for Students needing assistance in attending a Florida College.  We will provide a once in a lifetime grant to a Florida College of your choice upon selection and after completing the application.

Purpose:The advancement of education by creating and performing fund-raising activities to provide funds for assisting Students based upon need and/or merit.   Mission:To educate, equip and empower people on all educational levels without thought to nationality, creed, color, handicaps, and belief.

NOTE = Each emailed application will be considered by the Board of Directors and Grants provided upon selection as well as Funds allow us.  Understand that we are granting scholarships and support as the funds are available to o2b Fun, Inc and through the support of grants, sponsors, donors and event attendees.  Incorporated on August 17, 2014 with the Support and backing of Retired Coach Tony Dungy and Ryan Nece as their “educational Charities of Choice.”  This means is Prior to starting this not for profit on May 16, 2014 Brenda Geanakos sought out support and was given permission to use Tony and Ryan’s names as supporters of o2b Fun, Inc also know that they have their own not for profit organization to which we hope you support.

DOWNLOAD New Application AFTER FEBRUARY 1 Annually when completed either mail (PO Box 2533, Oldsmar, FL 34677) or return via email to o2bfun@yahoo.com

 Acknowledgements:     “I have had the privilege to work with Brenda for many years through one of my supported charities of choice and am happy to support her not for profit organization where I know Brenda will show her servant heart in helping students,”                         Tony Dungy 5-19-2014

“It is with pleasure that I support o2b Fun, Inc as Brenda has always supported The Ryan Nece Foundation in both donations and attendance.” Ryan Nece 5-22-2014

Until next time … keep it REAL … REAL FUN that is, never quit Learning and Apply for our Grants!  o2b Fun, Inc, just Brenda

2014, 2015 and 2016 GRANTS went to TAMPA BAY AREA Students 

 

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