KML Foundation

Our Mission

To provide financial assistance and positive motivation to those individuals who are facing the economic challenges of obtaining a higher education leading to or improving employment opportunities. Through our support, we hope the recipients of our program will receive the encouragement and confidence to pursue other dreams of achievements.

Interested in Applying?

All considered applicants must be legal Florida residents of Hillsborough, Pasco, or Pinellas counties. Applicants must also have either a high school diploma or GED and have been (or will be) formally accepted to a college, university, technical, trade, or vocational institution.

Award amounts are based on many factors, primarily good citizenship, academic ability, career potential, and financial situation. Our selection committee chooses recipients and amounts.

Traditional College/University applications are accepted December 1 thru February 28th for the following Fall semester and June 1 thru August 31st for the following Spring semester. 

Applications for vocational institutions are accepted year-round. We suggest applications be submitted 60 days before the program start date. Applications can either be completed online at this site or downloaded and mailed to our office. You may also request an application by phone at (727) 578-8980 or via email at

The Foundation requires all potential candidates to fully complete the application form and provide proof of residency. Special attention may be given to those applications that are accompanied by letters of recommendation, etc.

If you are interested in applying for funding – please download the application. You may fill it out, save it, and email it to our office at or print out and mail it to us – we look forward to hearing from you!

About KML Foundation

The KML Foundation, Inc. is a private operating organization established in 2005 from the inspiration of the late Mr. Elmer J. Krauss. Mr. Krauss was very active and charitable in his community and strived to help deserving individuals who have the will and ability to further their education. Through his generosity, the Foundation was formed. This foundation carries out his benevolent wishes and pays homage to the Krauss, Miller and Lutz families.

The Foundation awards grants, scholarships and loans to qualified individuals who are legal Florida residents of Hillsborough, Pasco or Pinellas counties. These funds are available to those seeking a degree/diploma, or certificate leading to employment opportunities.

Foundation Personnel

As with all his business decisions, Mr. Krauss strategically chose his Board Members and Trustees. Each member has a special skill and most importantly worked closely with Mr. Krauss and has knowledge of his wishes.

John E. Kearney, Sr.


Mr. Kearney has served on numerous prestigious boards in the Tampa Bay and St. Petersburg areas. He has owned, operated and been officer to many companies throughout his career including those in the real estate, investment, and education industries.

Andrew T. Sirianni

Vice President/Director

Mr. Sirianni has been a personal friend of Mr. Krauss for more than thirty years and Vice President of his corporation for over ten years. His areas of expertise are in the management fields of manufacturing and real estate. He is also an active member of the Rough Rider volunteer organization and participates on the Lowry Park Zoo Board of Directors.

Kim S. Miller


Ms. Miller, the niece of Mr. Krauss, is also a former successful entrepreneur who previously worked in the Krauss offices and served as a board member for many of the Krauss corporations.

Charlene D. Moore


A former teacher and athletic director, Ms. Moore joined the Krauss corporations more than twenty years ago. She has extensive knowledge of the real estate industry and has served as director on various boards for the Krauss corporations for many years.