The SunTrust Foundation presented a $25,000 grant to the Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) to support the Make Your Future program. The program engages young people ages 16 and up to explore science, technology, engineering, manufacturing and related education and career skill building opportunities using the resources at FCDI’s Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics Center (AMRoC) Fab Lab, based at University Mall in Tampa.

Showing Tim Schar of SunTrust Foundation, our work at AMROC Fab Lab.

“FCDI is very grateful to the SunTrust Foundation for helping us carry out our mission of community capacity building in the University Area and empowering youth through robust project-based engineering education and training,” said FCDI Executive Director Terri Willingham.

“On behalf of the SunTrust Foundation, we are pleased to partner with FCDI to support hands-on science and technology learning in Tampa Bay,” said Tim Schar, SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay market president. “FCDI is inspiring youth early on to consider demanding careers that will help ensure their future financial confidence.”

About FCDI
The Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting academic achievement, economic development and the spirit of innovation in people of all ages. We do this by facilitating fiscal sponsorship for youth robotics teams, and by supporting exciting hands on learning and living events like Gulf Coast MakerCon, Tampa Bay’s annual maker festival, and ROBOTICON Tampa Bay, an annual youth robotics showcase event. FCDI is also the founder of Tampa Bay’s only public Fab Lab, the Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics Center (AMRoC) at University Mall. Visit for more information.

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s (NYSE: STI) purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $170 million throughout the United States.