Academy Prep Foundation

Academy Prep Foundation, Inc.

Established in 1996, Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. serves several important functions:

- To replicate Academy Prep Centers
- To share best practices among Academy Prep Centers
- To serve as the funding source for Academy Prep Centers
- To ensure the efficient operation of Academy Prep Centers


Brief History

The Academy Foundation, Inc. (now known as Academy Prep Foundation, Inc.), was established in 1996 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, doing business as Academy Prep Center for Education. In May 2000, four additional 501(c)(3) organizations were established to operate as affiliated entities of Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. These organizations are Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg, Inc.; Academy Prep Center of Tampa, Inc.; Academy Prep Center of Lakeland, Inc.; and one other future center. Additional centers may also be established in the future.

The Role of Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. (APF)

The Academy Prep Foundation is responsible for replicating Academy Prep Centers, overseeing Center operations, and serving as a funding vehicle for the Centers. The Foundation is the custodian of all unrestricted and restricted funds for the benefit of the Centers and the Foundation. The Centers operate on an annual budget, and distributions are made from the Foundation to the Centers on an annual basis. Unrestricted contributions may be used to fund the operations of the Centers and the Foundation, and to replicate additional Centers.


The Role of the Centers

The Academy Prep Centers educate middle school students who qualify for need-based scholarships. Students receive scholarships to attend, which covers all tuition costs.  The model, which operated up to 11 hours a day, six days a week, and 11 month a year, is based upon the success of the Nativity Mission Center, founded in 1970 in New York City. Academy Prep Centers are responsible for carrying out the Academy Prep model in accordance with the mission and vision established by Academy Prep Foundation, Inc. Individual Centers are responsible for raising funds within their communities.


Academy Prep Foundation Board of Trustees

Tom Sansone (Chair) – Former President, Jabil Circuit

Paul L. Whiting, Sr (Vice Chair) – President, Seabreeze Holdings

Chris Barrott – Retired Executive Vice President, Aurora Casket Company

Patricia Douglas – Board President and CEO, Patricia Douglas Consulting

Oscar Horton – Owner and President, Sun State International Trucks, LLC

Bryant Jones – CEO, Sabal Trust

Jeff Fortune – Retired CEO, Tradewinds Resort

John Erik Savitsky – CEO, ClickAndBind

David Vetter - Chief Legal Officer, TD Synnex

Nick Barnett - Director, Publix Super Markets Charities


Academy Prep Foundation Administration

Lincoln J. Tamayo – Chief Operating Officer

Terri Scarcelli – Chief Financial Officer

Chris Brazee – Director of IT

Roxane Leary - Director of Grants

Ensuring the Future

Each Academy Prep Center raises funds to ensure its long-term viability. The “Board Designated Endowment” grown by these funds allows each Center to focus more on the business of educating and supporting students in need and less on annual fundraising to pay for student scholarships. To learn how you can help solidify the foundation of each Academy Prep campus through the board designated endowment, contact:

Roxane Leary
Interim Director of Advancement, Academy Prep Center of Lakeland
863.940.8900 x3151


Alison Lescarbeau
Director of Advancement, Academy Prep Center of Tampa
813.248.5600 x1138


Lacey Nash-Miller
Executive Director of Advancement, Academy Prep Center of St. Petersburg
727.322.0800 x2109