Gulf Power Foundation Awards Grant to OPSF

The Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF) was recently awarded a grant from the Gulf Power Foundation in support of the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program in Okaloosa County.  Funding from the grant will provide support services for Take Stock Scholars in every high school in Okaloosa County.  In accepting the donation, Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson expressed her appreciation for the years-long support from the Gulf Power Foundation.  “There truly is power in this partnership.  It represents the investment that our community continues to make in students who have great potential.  I am confident that the return on that investment will be of benefit to all of us for many years to come.”

Pictured above are left to right: Henry Kelley, Executive Director of the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation; Superintendent of Schools Mary Beth Jackson; and, Bernard Johnson, District General Manager, Gulf Power.

About the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation (OPSF)

The OPSF is a not-for-profit community-based public schools foundation.  It is a partnership between families, schools, community and business.  The Foundation is dedicated to supporting and extending the educational opportunities of all individuals within Okaloosa County.  Since its establishment in 1995, OPSF has funded educational enrichment programs including teacher grants for unique programs, student scholars in the Take Stock in Children Program, community educational initiatives, and student and teacher recognition awards. For more information about Take Stock in Children and the Okaloosa Public Schools Foundation, visit

About the Gulf Power Foundation

The Gulf Power Foundation is investing in the communities we serve with grants, employee donations, and matching funds to educational foundations and university scholarships, including Northwest Florida organizations as well as colleges and universities across the nation.

To further deserving causes in education, Gulf Power Foundation offers educational grants to Educational Foundations in each county. The grants offer a number of benefits aimed at building knowledge and enhancing the quality of life and the economic well-being of ocal communities. The Foundation also donates scholarships to junior colleges and universities in Gulf Power's service territory. Financial aid officers at the schools select deserving northwest Florida students to receive the scholarships.

In addition to the numerous community activities supported by Gulf Power employees, the Gulf Power Foundation makes financial grants to charitable organizations in the company's service area.

In 2012, the Foundation awarded more than $338,314 to Northwest Florida organizations. Another $4,283 in matching funds went to 20 colleges and universities across the nation, matching contributions made by Gulf Power employees. Since its beginning in 1987, the Foundation has invested over $5.3 million dollars to tax-exempt organizations in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, community services and civic projects.