Giving Back

THEA partners with the community organizations on everything from beautification to economic development to education. Through these projects we are committed to the progress and future of our region.

Selmon Stem Scholarship

Selmon S.T.E.M. Scholarship Program (S3)

This fund supports engineering students on the University of South Florida Tampa campus who are graduates of  Tampa Bay area high schools. These scholarships are based on merit and financial need. The scholarship seeks to increase the educational opportunities and exposure to transportation careers for Tampa Bay area students.

The S3 Program includes sponsorship:

Freshman/Sophomore/Junior/Senior Book Scholarships

Junior/Senior Paid Internships

          - At least 20 hours per week

The USF/Selmon Expressway Balsa Wood Bridge Building Competition

Sponsored by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority

An annual event, the design competition is hosted by USF's College of Engineering and sponsored by THEA at USF's Engineering Expo. The competition is open to all High School and Middle School students in the Tampa Bay area.

The competition consists of teams of three middle or high school students who have designed and built model bridges from balsa wood. The competition then tests the load capacities of the bridges. The bridges are put under simulated load tests until the balsa wood cracks beneath the weight. Bridges are judged on craftsmanship, originality, design drawing and most importantly, load capacity.

Winning teams receive a traveling trophy for the school and individual trophies for each team member.

Get involved with the competition and learn more on the Bridge Building Competition's website.

Balsa Wood Bridge Building Competition

Photos from the 2017 Wood Bridge Building Competition

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Joe – bridge building Cambridge winners 2017

Click the video below to check out the fun from the 2016 Wood Bridge Building Competition

Swann Avenue

Swan Avenue

THEA partnered with the Historic Hyde Park Neighborhood Association to create a pedestrian-friendly space under the Selmon Expressway Swann Avenue overpass. We added landscaping, irrigation, up-lighting, electrical and an improved and enlarged sidewalk for pedestrians and bikes.

Bay to Bay


THEA partnered with the Palma Ceia Homeowners Association to improve the parking lot on under the Selmon Expressway Bay to Bay overpass on the north side of Bay to Bay Boulevard.

Frames On Franklin

Frames on Franklin

THEA partnered with the City of Tampa and Tampa’s Downtown Partnership to create an outdoor space that feature art from Tampa Bay area artists on Franklin Avenue.

Brandon Public Art

Brandon Painting

THEA partnered with the Brandon Fine Arts Council and the Brandon Chamber of Commerce to create the painting of Brandon Tower, which is located at Brandon Boulevard and Town Center Drive.

Agua Luces – Lights on Tampa


THEA partnered with the City of Tampa to light the Selmon Expressway bridge over the Hillsborough River in downtown.

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