Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball

Belle of the Ball Project is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization, which provides prom and homecoming dresses to high school girls in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Polk, Hernando, Citrus. and surrounding counties for their high school dances. Our mission statement is “No girl should be denied the opportunity to attend her high school dance because of financial difficulties” We are a 100% volunteer organization and rely on donations and volunteers. For volunteer and donation information, please visit our website.

We distribute dresses twice yearly, usually 4 dates in the fall for homecoming and 4 dates again in the spring for prom. High school girls can also get dresses for home-school dances and military balls during these dates. Our volunteers have created a beautifully decorated 5,000 sq. ft. boutique for girls` shopping enjoyment. Girls can choose from over 3,000 dresses organized by size and color. Many of the dresses are new with tags. Girls qualify for a dress if they appear in person and attest that they are currently having financial difficulties. No documentation is necessary. We provide all forms. Girls also qualify if they have been referred by school or agency officials, or other non-profit organization. No referral letter is required. We operate on the honor system. Our 3,000+ dress boutique is located at 1210 Holt Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755. Our boutique is open ONLY on designated shopping days. We are not open year round.

All shopping days are held on Saturdays between the hours of 10am and 2pm. No appointments are necessary, nor do we make them.

PROM 2019 shopping day dates, time

Saturday – MARCH 9th – 10am to 2pm

Saturday – MARCH 23rd – 10am to 2pm

Saturday – APRIL 6th – 10am to 2pm

Saturday – APRIL 13th – 10am to 2pm

These are the ONLY days to receive a dress.

For additional information please visit our Website: Facebook: Tampa Bay Area Belle of the Ball Twitter: BelleOfTheBall @TBayBelleofBall

To contact us:

Office phone: 1-877-77BELLE (1-877-772-3553)

To volunteer:

To donate:

Founder and CEO Susan Schwartz: COO Joe Marteski:

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) needs your help in identifying America’s top minority students who may be eligible for a prestigious scholarship.

TGS is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship is being awarded to 300 student leaders each year, with the intent of helping outstanding minority students who come from low-income backgrounds realize their maximum potential.

Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Costs covered include tuition, fees, books, room and board, and may include additional personal costs.  TGS also provides Scholars with various online support services designed to help them excel in their degree programs, graduate, and make a successful transition to their chosen careers. These include mentoring, academic support, career and internship guidance, advice, and job opportunities. Gates Scholars will also be connected to a network of accomplished peers that they can tap into for support and advice.

We ask for your assistance in identifying students in your area who may be eligible. Please click the link below and follow the instruction to refer a student.

Refer a Student

You can also share this opportunity on social media by posting this image.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities:  African American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian/Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

*For American Indian/Alaska Native, proof of tribal enrollment will be required.

As part of our application process, we will be verifying some student information, including tribal membership for students who identify as American Indian/Alaska Native. Students who are selected as semifinalists will be asked to submit a verification form through their tribal enrollment office to verify membership in their stated nation.

An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding high school academic record (e.g., be in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)

For additional information, please visit our website

Pasco eSchool Calendar 2018 – 2019

Pasco eSchool Calendar 2018 – 2019

Spring Semester Completion Dates 2019

  • Spring Break March 16 – 25
  • Teacher Planning Day March 25 Pasco eSchool Closed for Holiday Observance

Graduating Seniors

  • May 17  Graduating Seniors Assignments & DBAs Due
  • May 24  Graduating Seniors Final Exams Due

6-11 Grade Students and Non Graduating Seniors

  • May 17   Assignments & DBAs Due
  • May 24   Final Exams Due

K-5 Students

  •  All Assignments Due May 29