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tutor-a-bullTutor-a-Bull is a unique public / private partnership between the Michelin Golf Classic, the USF College of Education and the Hillsborough County Public Schools, designed to provide one-on-one tutoring for middle and high school students in the Hillsborough County Public Schools by USF College of Education students. The USF tutors are a select group of students (primarily from the College’s Suncoast Area Teacher Training Educational Research (SCATTER) Honors Program). Tutor-a-Bull started in 2007 at the Joshua House, a shelter for neglected and abused children. It was so successful that the partners decided to pilot the program in local schools. In 2016-17, 750 students in 15 schools received over 7,000 hours of tutoring from over 75 USF College of Education students.

Tutor-a-Bull tutor works with studentStipends are provided to all USF tutors participating in the program. It is a win-win for everyone! The elementary, middle, and high school students get the personalized attention they need.  As a result of these individualized experiences students across the program have demonstrated learning gains and improved self-esteem.  As pre-service teachers, tutors gain hands-on teaching experiences in the field.  By benefiting area students, schools and future teachers, the program’s impact extends to a stronger educational community. Past research speaks to the positive relationship between increased academic achievement and self-efficacy on the future outcomes of struggling students.

We have over 20 partners of this extremely successful program:

2017-2018 Community Partners


MJH Golf Classic 

TECO Foundation               

The Dorthy Thomas Foundation

Two Rivers Ranch

Olin Mott Tires           

Suntrust Foundation                   

The New York Yankees               

Bright House    

Chambers Medical Group    

Global Imaging    

Hillsborough County Sheriff                        

Florida State Fair Authority               

Lazy Days Employee Foundation                    

NAPA Auto Parts                 

Construction Services                     


MJH Golf Classic

Florida RV Trade Association          

Mr. Doyle Carlton III                     




Donation to COEDULocal business leader and philanthropist, Olin Mott (1921-2013), spearheaded efforts to raise funds for this successful program which continues as part of his legacy to USF and the community. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office donated a $100,000 “Reach for the Stars” endowment to the USF College of Education that has been used for to sustain the program in the years since. The Sheriff's Office gave the College an additional $25,000 grant to support the Tutor-a-Bull program. (Pictured above, left to right - Sheriff David Gee, former Dean Colleen Kennedy, and Olin Mott) 




For more information

Phone: 813.974.2061


Watch the Tutor-a-Bull

Evaluation Report 2011

Participating Schools:

Joshua House

Adams Middle School       

AMI Kids   

Buchanan Middle School

Children and Family Services  

Dowdell Middle School   

Greco Middle School      

Jennings Middle School        

McLane Middle School        

Middleton High School

Pierce Middle School          

Sligh Middle School

St. Peter Claver School         

Young Middle School          

Van Buren Middle School






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