About FEF

FEF's mission is to strengthen the larger community by creating and implementing programs and services that lead to institutional enhancement and greater educational advancement for historically underrepresented groups.

The Florida Education Fund (FEF) was funded initially by a major grant from the McKnight Foundation of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and, subsequently, a challenge grant from the Foundation, which required matching funds from the Florida Legislature. As a not-for-profit corporation established in 1984, FEF has provided an avenue to ensure that educational advancement is possible. This quasi-public entity with a statewide mission and national impact, was originally known as the McKnight Programs in Higher Education and administered by the Florida Association of Colleges and Universities, which serves as the forerunner to what is now known as FEF.

The impact of FEF's innovative programs and non-traditional approach to enhancing educational outcomes has been demonstrated across various educational levels, through several highly acclaimed programs.

Keep up with program news, and meet some of our outstanding doctoral Fellows, graduates and pre-college students in our semi-annual newsletter--FEF Focus.