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Our Community Support

The Owen Sarwatka Foundation is working hard everyday to improve the lives of those in our community.

Conservancy Mission

March 19, 2024

Meet Pongo!


Pongo is a highly intelligent and kind male orangutan that is a resident at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary.  The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation, Inc. (SPSFI) is a non-profit volunteer-run organization that provides a safe haven and forever home to over 130 residents in Palm Harbor, FL. 

The Owen Sarwatka Foundations 2024 Conservancy Mission recognizes SPSFI for supporting our values of Courage, Compassion and Conservation.  Our Foundation is excited to award a $5,000 grant to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary to help fund its efforts in providing Pongo  a new enclosure that is worthy of his stature.



Orangutans are “Critically Endangered” and Suncoast Primate Sanctuary is graced with providing homes to three of these great apes. Many experts believe that orangutans will be extinct in the wild in less than 50 years, and each of us has the ability to ensure their survival. Our Foundations goal is to support the organizations in our community as they work each day to provide the resources needed to ensure future generations can enjoy these gifts of nature.​


Scholarship Program

March 7, 2023


Meet the first Owen Sarwatka Foundation scholarship recipient - Ricardo Rodriguez.

Ricardo is graduating from South University's Tampa PTA program this Spring, and we were proud to award him a Certificate of Recognition as an Owen Sarwatka Foundation Ambassador during last nights PTA Pinning Ceremony for Cohort 29.

Ricardo was selected by the South University's Scholarship Committee for his community involvement, and for displaying values that best represent those of our Foundation and of Owen Sarwatka. We congratulate Ricardo's achievements, and hope to see him this Fall to help us recognize the scholarship recipient for Cohort 30.

The Owen Sarwatka Foundation was founded 18 months ago, and we have been working with South University for a year to establish this scholarship program. Recently, South University was awarded a $5000 grant by our Foundation to fund scholarships in each graduating Tampa PTA Cohort this year.


The scholarship program was established to recognize students that shared their God-given gifts with our community; to promote the values of Courage, Compassion, and Conservation; and to allow students to have the opportunity to reflect on their own legacy, and how they want to be remembered.We hope that recipients will continue supporting our community, encourage others to do the same, and that they will reflect on our Foundations values to work every day on their personal goals that define them.


Congratulations Ricardo!

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