Kiwanis Club of Tampa

Scholarship awards

One of our most rewarding projects is providing scholarships to Hillsborough County high school students in partnership with the Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF). Each year, our club reviews almost 200 applications, selecting winners based on need, outstanding character, high grades, work ethic, and acceptance to a college or university in Florida.

Each year the Kiwanis Club of Tampa hosts its annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon to recognize the scholarship winners.

Historically, these have included:

  • Five $3,000 Arthur H. Henderson Memorial Scholarships for students attending any four-year state university.
  • Four $3,000 Arthur H. Henderson Memorial HCC Scholarships for students attending Hillsborough Community College (with $1,500 in matching funds from HEF).
  • A $3,000 Pete Gilmore Memorial Scholarship for a business or accounting student attending a four-year state university.

During the luncheon, our members meet the scholarship winners, their families, and hear from the counselors, teachers and others who have been influential in the students’ lives. The Tampa Kiwanis Foundation funds the scholarships with proceeds from our annual Scholarship Golf Tournament. Interested students apply for scholarships through HEF, which handles the determination of eligibility and disbursement of funds.

Since 2011 our club directed a portion of these funds to pre-paid scholarships available through HEF. Potential scholarship students will go through a mentoring program that starts as early as middle school and finishes when they graduate from high school. Our members act as mentors for the students while they are in school.

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