HEAT Academy Alumni Awarded Carnival Scholarships
During halftime at the HEAT-Bobcats game on March 24, Carnival Cruise Lines presented full four-year scholarships to 16 local high school seniors. The students are participating in a workplace mentoring program operated in conjunction with Carnival, the Miami HEAT and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. Each student also received a laptop computer, compliments of Carnival, Dell and Microsoft. The scholarships are purchased by Carnival through the Florida Pre-Paid Scholarship program, which matched the company’s contribution on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Carnival has purchased more than 150 scholarships in the past 10 years, with a total value of $1.8 million.
The scholarship recipients are alumni of the Carnival-sponsored HEAT Academy, an afterschool enrichment program for at-risk third to fifth grade students in Miami. Since completing the program, Carnival tracked their academic progress through middle school and the students were then selected to participate in the workplace mentoring program during high school.
About HEAT Academy
Through its flagship community affairs initiative, HEAT Academy, the Miami HEAT has embraced the importance of providing children in South Florida with the opportunity to have a quality after-school program with an academic purpose at its core. The HEAT Academy is fully funded by the Miami HEAT and its corporate partners, Carnival Cruise Lines, Florida Blue and C1 Bank. At HEAT Academy students practice reading, writing, math and science, receive assistance with homework, have a safe place to learn after school when their parents are usually not available, and most importantly, learn from positive role models who inspire our students to excel.