Carnival Foundation, in partnership with the Miami HEAT, and Florida Prepaid College Foundation, presented 17 South Florida students with four-year college scholarships during halftime at a HEAT game this week.
The students currently participate in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program, an innovative workplace program sponsored by Carnival and the Miami HEAT, in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami that pairs a student with an employee mentor from Carnival. Prior to entering high school and participating in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program, the students attended the HEAT Academy, an after-school enrichment program for at-risk youth. In addition to receiving the scholarship, students were presented with a new laptop computer to support their studies, as well as a backpack and a gift card from Perry Ellis.
The scholarships, purchased by Carnival Foundation, the charitable arm of Carnival Corporation, were handed out at center court by Linda Coll, executive director of the Carnival Foundation, with a congratulatory handshake given to each student by Micky Arison, chairman of Carnival Corporation and managing general partner of the Miami HEAT. Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho; founder of the Florida Prepaid College Foundation Stanley Tate and board member Senator Ron Silver; along with representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami and the HEAT, including President of Business Operations Eric Woolworth, were on hand to acknowledge the students, as well.
For the past 15 years, Carnival has purchased Project STARS scholarships from Florida Prepaid College Foundation, representing a collective value of more than $2.5 million. The Florida Prepaid College Foundation scholarship covers the cost of tuition for two years at a Florida college followed by two years at a Florida public university. This is the ninth year Carnival scholarship recipients have matriculated into college.
For more information, visit CarnivalFoundation.com.